A smart actuator not only needs to perform in a way what is in everyday life called intelligent, but also do this efficiently with a minimum use of energy. This goes hand in hand with a mechatronic design often leading to sophisticated integrated design solutions working at highest quality levels.
Intelligence and efficiency are meaningless if they are not integrated into a system that can reach the limits of physics. The driving factors are the size and weight, the power density, the performance and, last but not least, the costs. An intelligent mechatronic design uses the materials used sparingly and efficiently, minimizes costs and realizes a high degree of integration.
Simple control systems work according to a predetermined rule law. Intelligent actuators can adapt their behavior to the load situation, changing environmental conditions or wear and tear. These factors do not represent standard input variables in control engineering and are often not easy to measure. An actuator equipped with artificial intelligence can adapt to different environmental conditions and learn new forms of behavior. This means that the performance of a conventional control approach can be exceeded by far.
The rule is: if you want to be intelligent, you have to be efficient. The aim is to maximize the performance of a system with a minimum use of energy. In addition to the originally driving technical and economic factors, requirements such as sustainability, environmental compatibility and long product life cycles are now at the center of research. A clear commitment to green technology.
Reliability, (repeatability) accuracy and precision are just a few of the central quality criteria that are inextricably linked with Smart Actuators. The task here is to generate technological and economic advantages for a system in such a way that they also increase environmental compatibility at the same time.