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Electrifying food production

The food processing and packaging industry is increasingly looking towards electric solutions for formerly fluid powered applications.

As with any established technology, there have been those who have found the switch daunting. This is understandable where business models and skill sets are traditionally set up for fluid technologies. However, the case for the switch to electric is becoming too compelling to ignore.

Electric actuator technology has moved on at a pace that confounds those who deemed it unsuitable for demanding applications. Not only can electric actuation outperform fluid technologies in both speed and reliability, but it continues to approach the highest levels of power required while maintaining consistently exceptional levels of repeatability.

Food manufacture and processing applications often require complex systems with numerous motion control points. This means multiple points of failure and demanding, high volume systems can mean very costly downtimes. Olsen’s range of highly reliable and programmable actuators, drives, and motors significantly reduces these downtimes, saving both time and money.

While electric actuation still carries a typically higher upfront cost, the payback periods in comparison to fluid technologies are falling all of the time. When combined with rising energy costs and a global emergency in relation to energy consumption, the highly energy-efficient nature of Olsen’s actuator range becomes a compelling reason to make the switch.

The holes and leaks in the case for hydraulics and pneumatics have never been more apparent but beware of cheap electronics too. Make the investment in quality and reap the benefits of reliability, efficiency and simplicity with Olsen Actuators.

Discover more about the food packaging industries served here.

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