Pneumatic air cylinders are products that are able to change compressed air power into a mechanical energy that is then used to produce a form of motion. A common use of pneumatic air cylinders is to act as the actuator within a pneumatic system. There are a few different types of pneumatic air cylinders available, so be sure to consult with a trusted manufacturer who can better assess your applications needs and requirements.
These pneumatic systems are used in a variety of industries and applications in order to push, lift, pull open and close doors within a material handling process, they are also used to either hold or remove materials within manufacturing purposes. There are a variety of uses for these products, which leads to a variety of designs and types.
While there are a number of styles of pneumatic air cylinder, they all consist of the same basic parts. Typically, they are made from metals or stainless steel and consist of a piston, piston rod, end covers and a cylinder barrel. The compressed air travels through the cylinder, pushing the piston through the length of the cylinder, once the piston reaches the end of the cylinder it is pushed back the opposite direction either through a spring or more compressed air.
Now, there are two main types of pneumatic air cylinder and that is the single acting cylinder and the double acting cylinder. These two cylinders differ in that the single acting cylinder is only able to move an object in one direction while the double acting cylinder has the ability to provide powered motion in two directions. Because of this difference, a single acting cylinder only needs about half of the power that a double acting cylinder requires. The flow of this air can be controlled with valves and adjusted according to your applications specific needs.
Whatever your application requires, the best way to ensure that you receive a pneumatic air cylinder that is built with your needs in mind is to consult with a trusted manufacturer. One that will listen to your applications exact needs and requirements, and base their suggestions and designs off of those. There are many options when it comes to pneumatic air cylinders, so it is important to find what works best for your application.