It may seem strange to think of compressed gas having enough force to move a piston, this is exactly what happens in a pneumatic cylinder. Pneumatic cylinders come in a varying degree of complexities allowing them to be useful in a wide variety of situations. Some types of pneumatic cylinders include: Continue reading
Air cylinders power a variety of machines and are used in many different applications from industrial machines to automotive engines. Until recently, the air cylinders used in automotive manufacturing used the larger versions of air cylinders. However, as car manufacturers continue to look for new ways to make driving more efficient and powerful while maintaining less weight, more and more automotive manufacturers are turning to the Continue reading
The first use that many people think of for compressed air cylinders is in paintball and other air-powered sports. Although paintball guns do use a compressed air cylinder to fire the paintballs, this is only one small use for compressed air cylinders. In fact, there are many industrial uses for a compressed air cylinder as well.
Compressed air is beneficial because it can hold more air inside a container than non-compressed air. Compressing the air gives it a higher pressure that allows the user to direct the flow of air for various uses. Other advantages to compressed air are numerous. Firstly, the air is odorless and flame resistant. The air is completely non-toxic. When combined with a fuel gas, it can create a low temperature flame that is ideal for use with low temperature alloys and materials. Compressed air also has a greater range of control than oxygen, which is preferred for many industrial applications.
In the industrial world, a compressed air cylinder is used for several different applications. The air is used as a focusing agent for brazing and soldering, it is used in plasma cutting, it is used in die casting machines and blast furnaces, the cylinders are used as an alternative to large compressed air machines, the air is used in pneumatic nail guns and drills, and used in carbon coating. All of these uses help facilitate the use of the cylinders and make many of these processes safer and more effective for the machine, and human user. Compressed air also saves room for other machines and equipment in a factory, since compressed air cylinders take up so little space.
Although air cylinders come in many standard sizes and shapes, there are still many advantages to using custom air cylinders. Custom cylinders allow precise configurations and unique uses that are unavailable in standard air cylinder shapes and sizes. Many air cylinder manufacturers provide the option of creating customized air cylinders for their Continue reading
An air piston is a vital component in any pneumatic cylinder design. A pneumatic cylinder works by storing the energy from compressed air and converting it into kinetic energy when the air expands to the atmospheric pressure. The increase in pressure moves the air piston in the desired direction by the cylinder. The piston rod them uses the force created by compressed air to move an object into a new location. Without the use of the Continue reading
A pneumatic air cylinder is a type of air cylinder that uses pneumatic air pressure to power a device, machine, or spring. Pneumatic air cylinders are used in a variety of tools and industrial machines, including nail guns, injection molding machines, industrial cranes, and many other products. Most pneumatic air cylinders come in two varieties, singleacting and double acting. A single acting pneumatic cylinder is the simplest form of pneumatic cylinders and is useful for low-impact and low stroke applications.
A single acting pneumatic cylinder works by using compressed air to pressure a trigger, spring, or other mechanical process to make changes to another part. Most single acting cylinders push the force from the cylinder in an outward motion, such as when releasing a product from a container. Telescope tubes are sometimes powered with single acting cylinders. The air pressure from the cylinder pushes the pieces of the telescoping tube into the extended position. A spring then returns the pieces of the part back into the “home” position to ready the cylinder for the next time it is needed.
In general, single acting cylinders are considered less effective than double acting cylinders, mainly due to their low power and the problems that can occur with the spring mechanism that resets the air cylinder. A double acting cylinder can bring air pressure both in and out of the cylinder, which eliminates the need for additional springs or parts to rest the cylinder. Double cylinders are also better able to handle higher-pressure processes than single acting cylinders.
Single acting cylinders have a variety of uses in industrial processes where a spring, gravity, or the weight of an object can help return the cylinder to the “home” position. Many industrial companies use single acting cylinders to power ventilation dampers and lift heavy objects.
A rodless air cylinder is a type of pneumatic air cylinder that has a long, rectangular shape and does not have a rod inside the cylinder controlling the air pressure. Instead, a variety of other mechanisms are used to direct the flow of air throughout the Continue reading
A pneumatic cylinder is a type of air cylinder that uses pneumatic air pressure to operate the cylinder. Pneumatic cylinders vary between miniature air cylinders and larger air cylinders, depending on the application. There are two main types of Continue reading