ISPE Glossary of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Terminology

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Actuator

A peripheral (output) device which translates electrical signals into mechanical actions; e.g., a stepper motor which acts on an electrical signal received from a computer instructing it to turn its shaft a certain number of degrees or a certain number of rotations.

Publication Source: FDA Glossary of Computerized System and Software Development Technology

See also: Servomechanism

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