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How Elecylinders by IAI Can Optimize Your Automation Budget

Updated: Jun 27

As exclusive distributors of IAI for Mexico and a large part of Latin America, we take on the task of "evangelizing" our clientele regarding the usage of electric actuators.

Founded in Japan in 1976, IAI is a pioneer in motion control solutions with electric actuators.

Why Electric Actuators Instead of Pneumatic Actuators?

To start our comparison, let’s look at a typical assembly of a pneumatic actuator:

Now, let's look at an assembly with an Electric actuator, such as the EleCylinder:

As you can see, the difference in complexity is significant, making the electric option much simpler and easier to install.

We can summarize the advantages of electric actuators as follows:

1) Cost reduction from initial implementation. In this graph, it can be observed that while the initial cost of an electric actuator is higher than that of a pneumatic one, there are additional factors that make the pneumatic option more expensive in total:

2) Reduction in electrical consumption. The annual electrical consumption is 1/6 of the electrical consumption due to the tire, as there are many losses between the production of air by the compressor until the pressure finally

3) Increase in production due to two factors:

A. Avoidance of momentary stops due to factors unique to pneumatic actuators.

B. Shorter cycle times because acceleration, speed, and deceleration can be controlled, preventing impacts that misalign end-of-stroke sensors.

4) Five times longer lifespan compared to pneumatic actuators. Instead of an impact mechanism at the end of stroke, EC actuators incorporate a ball screw mechanism with a nut that includes tiny metal balls (known as "Ballscrew"), minimizing wear significantly.


These are some of the most important points when comparing electric actuators vs. pneumatic actuators.

Practical Example:

Ultrasonic welding where Elecylinders position the electrode.

Initially, they wanted to use pneumatic cylinders for the application due to cost-effectiveness. However, the client realized that pneumatic systems would bring certain issues such as lack of precision, no control over speed and acceleration, and frequent maintenance needs.

They decided to use Elecylinders instead because of their easy configuration, control over AVD (Acceleration, Velocity, and Deceleration), and easy and quick maintenance.

Last month, we conducted a training session where we presented these points and details regarding the programming of our actuators and Cartesian systems. Highlighting the reasons to switch from Pneumatics to Electric Actuators.


Let us know your application and we will gladly provide you with the best solution.

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