an actuator is a device that uses a form of power to convert a control signal into mechanical motion. from electric door locks in automobiles, to ailerons on aircraft, actuators are all around us. industrial plants use actuators to operate valves, dampers, fluid couplings, and other devices used in industrial process control. the industrial actuator can use air, hydraulic fluid, or electricity for motive power. these are referred to as pneumatic, electro-hydraulic, or electric actuators.examples of actuators include: electric motors, solenoids, hard drive stepper motors, comb drives.
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