A smart actuator from Sonceboz improves actuation of mobile hydraulic valves in off-highway vehicles. The all-in-one actuator comprises a slim and compact housing, drive electronics, a motor, and a geartrain. Embedded, sensorless closed-loop electronics provide onboard diagnostic and force detection and perceive sticking effects and valve failure. A dead-zone compensation for improved precision, compensation of wear, and mechanical play as well as an efficient system for reduced power consumption are available features. The smart actuator can operate in harsh environments such as vibrations, dust, or extreme temperatures, making it suitable for off-highway hydraulic valve applications that require a reliable, intelligent, and safe actuator.