Actuators articles from across Nature Portfolio

Actuators are the input and output devices that connect electronic, hydraulic or pneumatic control systems to their environment. They convert external forces or conditions, such as temperature, into a form that can be processed by the control system, and vice versa. Examples include electrical motors or pneumatic pistons.

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