Compressed Air Cylinders

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Compressed air cylinders are pneumatic tools that use the force of compressed air to move things. Air cylinders are used in an extensive variety of contexts for many purposes. Read More…

Compressed Air Cylinders Compressed air cylinders are pneumatic tools that use the force of compressed air to move things. Air cylinders are used in an extensive variety of contexts for many purposes. Large trucks are equipped with air cylinders as part of their air brake systems. They can be used to open and close large doors, move parts in equipment and facilitate the movement of many other kinds of objects in the contexts of industry, commerce and even in some consumer products contexts.

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Norwalk, CT  |  800-848-7681

The Airpel® Anti-Stiction® instrument-quality air cylinders from Airpot feature ultra-smooth, lubrication-free clean operations over extreme temperature ranges, responding to as little as 0.2 PSI differential from full vacuum to 100 PSI. Ideal for precise control of sensitive mechanisms.

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Airpot® Corporation $$$

Strongsville, OH  |  440-238-7343

Since 1958, Cylinders & Valves, Inc. has been a custom manufacturer and supplier of high quality air cylinders and accompanying valves. We service the U.S., Canada and International Markets. Some of the industries we serve include Government, Military, Tire and Rubber, Bottling and OEMs. With wide range of air cylinders, our customers always find what they need. Contact our company today!

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Cylinders & Valves, Inc. $$$

Savannah, NY  |  315-365-3742

Pearl Technologies manufactures an innovative line of patented wear strips to meet or exceed your expectations. Pearl's products include a variety of air cylinders (rebuildable, rotating, high speed), hole punches and adapters, splicing adhesive and more. Contact us today for more information!

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Pearl Technologies, Inc. $$$

Hartselle, AL  |  256-751-2548

JIT Cylinders designs and manufactures NFPA tie-rod and custom industrial hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders. Bore sizes range from 5/16" to 30" and pressures up to 15,000 psi. With more than 100 years of manufacturing experience, we deliver consistent quality to meet your requirements.

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JIT Cylinders, Inc. $$$

Pleasant Prairie, WI  |  847-990-7700

Over 100 years of experience for all of today’s heavy duty hydraulic cylinder demands: nuclear valve actuation, military, construction, mining, material handling, marine, off-shore drilling, industrial presses, rotating cylinders, mill-type cylinders – all your specialty, custom engineered cylinders plus cylinder repair.

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Hanna Cylinders Co. $$$
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Large trucks are equipped with air cylinders as part of their air brake systems. They can be used to open and close large doors, move parts in equipment and facilitate the movement of many other kinds of objects in the contexts of industry, commerce and even in some consumer products contexts. The automotive manufacturing and supply industries, food processing, electronics, mining, packaging and many other industries make use of air cylinders for the movement of products and in the operation of equipment. Air cylinders can be configured in many ways, and their configuration depends on their intended application. Standard, rod-equipped cylinders are among the simplest and most common cylinder varieties.

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They can be as large as 1,000 mm in diameter, or, as in the case of miniature air cylinders, as small as 2.5 mm in diameter. Rod-equipped cylinders allow lateral movement, but other configurations can also allow other kinds of movement; rotary cylinders, for example, allow for rotational movement.

Compressed air cylinders work by converting the potential energy of compressed gasses into mechanical energy. Every air cylinder features a cylinder, a piston and at least one inlet. Compressed air, when it is directed into the cylinder through the inlet, forces the piston to move. Valves control the flow of compressed air to the cylinder.

The two basic types of compressed air cylinders are single acting and double acting. The single acting cylinder is able to perform an operating motion in only one direction. A single acting air cylinder has air pressure on one side of a piston flange, supplying force and motion, and a spring supplying the return force after pressure release. Single acting cylinders require approximately half the amount of air used by a double acting cylinder for a single operating cycle.

A double acting pneumatic cylinder has powered motion in two directions, with pressure on both sides. When a cylinder is pushed out in one direction, compressed air moves it back in the other direction. Air lines running into both ends of the cylinder supply the compressed air. The flow of compressed air is controlled with valves for both single and double acting cylinders.

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