Latest Electrak HD Electric Actuator Comes with Added Voltage Capacity

Press Release Summary:

  • Provides lifting performance up to 16 kN and has onboard electronics
  • Offers up to 48-volt capacity and can also integrate accessories that might need only low-level power switching
  • Ideal for automated guided vehicles (AGVs), forklifts, agricultural equipment, and factory automation applications

Original Press Release:

Thomson Industries Announces 48-Volt Version of its Heavy Duty Electrak® HD Actuator

03.23.2021, WOOD DALE, ILThomson Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of linear motion control solutions, has announced the availability of a 48-volt option for its Electrak HD electric actuator. The added voltage capacity designed into this actuator provides motion control designers with new flexibility in integrating heavy duty actuators with onboard electronic systems that draw less current.

“Greater controllability is one of the main reasons that motion control system designers have been replacing hydraulic systems with heavy duty electric actuators, and adding 48-volt capacity to our Electrak HD family adds even more control,” said Travis Gilmer, Product Line Specialist – Linear Actuators at Thomson. “Designers can now more efficiently integrate equipment that draws less current.”

The Electrak HD linear actuator platform provides robust lifting performance up to 16 kN and has onboard electronics, which eliminates the need for standalone controls. The 48-volt Electrak HD has all of the robustness and performance capability of the standard line but can reduce current draw through the wires by half when compared to 24 Vdc and four times less current when compared to 12 Vdc. This enables designers to configure applications that can provide maximum power while drawing minimal current. It also reduces space demands for everything in the system, including wiring and transistors.

In a typical configuration, instead of deploying one 48-volt battery, the designer might string two 24-volt batteries, or a 24-volt and two 12-volt batteries in series. With the new Electrak HD option, they have up to 48-volt capacity if needed and can also integrate accessories that might need only low-level power switching. 

The 48-volt Electrak HD is designed to perform heavy duty applications and will benefit automation capabilities in automated guided vehicles (AGVs), forklifts, agricultural equipment, factory automation and any application with lifting requirements of up to 16 kN and a need to integrate other electronic equipment that requires low current.

The 48-volt Electrak HD is available immediately. 

For more information, download the new Electrak HD technical brochure at

About Thomson Industries, Inc.
With 75 years of achievement in motion control innovation and quality, Thomson is the industry’s premier producer of Linear Actuators, Linear Ball Bushing® Bearings and Profile Rail Bearings, 60 Case® Shafting, Ground and Rolled Ball Screws, Linear Systems, and related accessories. Thomson invented the Linear Ball Bushing Bearing in 1945 and has set the standard ever since with an unsurpassed set of linear motion control solutions serving global aerospace and defense, medical and health, factory automation, food processing, and mobile off-highway markets. Thomson, a brand of U.S.-based Altra Industrial Motion, has facilities in North America, Europe and Asia with more than 2000 distributor locations around the world. 

For more information Thomson Industries, Inc., 1500 Mittel Boulevard, Wood Dale, IL 60191-1073; 1-540-633-3549; 1- 540-633-0294 (fax); [email protected];

Editorial Contact: Shreyasi Bhaumik- +44 (0) 203 409 5090
Company Contact: Rob Gallagher– +1 630 694 3321

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