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Pneumatic cylinders, also referred to as air cylinders, are devices that convert compressed air power into mechanical energy. This mechanical energy produces linear or rotary motion. In this way, the air cylinder functions as the actuator in the pneumatic system. Read More…

Pneumatic Cylinders Pneumatic cylinders, also referred to as air cylinders, are devices that convert compressed air power into mechanical energy. This mechanical energy produces linear or rotary motion. In this way, the air cylinder functions as the actuator in the pneumatic system.
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Cary, IL  |  847-516-6467

As our name implies, we will design/manufacture custom cylinders and valves for your application. We have in-stock low-profile round or square cylinders. Our NR Series features light-duty stainless steel cylinders. Our customers include automation, material handling, printing industries and others.

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Custom Cylinders, Inc. $$$

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.

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Cylinders & Valves, Inc. $$$

Roseville, MI  |  800-526-7968

Look to Peninsular Cylinder Company to fill your high-quality, uniquely-designed air cylinder, pneumatic cylinder, rodless air cylinder and hydraulic cylinder needs. Peninsular Cylinder Company is known internationally in the automobile industry for our variety, quality and service.

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Peninsular Cylinder Co. $$$

Warrendale, PA  |  724-935-5666

Since 1985, Huston Industrial Sales has specialized in service line products including cylinders and a full-line of air, oil, and water filtration systems. We provide you with the most advanced pneumatic and filer products in the world by selling for the largest pneumatic company in the world and top industry air filter manufacturers. Find what you need at affordable prices with expedient service!

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Huston Industrial Sales Co., Inc. $$$

Manitou, KY  |  270-821-0450

Founded in 1972, Lebco has the ability to design, manufacture and rebuild air cylinders. Available types are: adjustable stroke, aluminum, heavy duty mill type and counterbalance, among others. We also manufacture hydraulic cylinders. Contact us today for more information.

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Lebco Inc. $$$
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A pneumatic cylinder consists of a steel or stainless steel piston, a piston rod, a cylinder barrel and end covers. As compressed air moves into a cylinder, it pushes the piston along the length of the cylinder. Compressed air or a spring, located at the rod end of the cylinder, pushes the piston back. Valves control the flow of compressed air to the cylinder. The choices for cylinder housing styles include the following: tie-rod, smooth body, pancake, rectangular, multiple bore, stainless steel, rodless, compact, miniature/microcylinder, clean profile and twin-rod cylinder.

Stainless Steel Single Acting Air Cylinder Pneumatic Cylinders - Humphrey Products Company

The two basic types of pneumatic cylinders, based on how they perform, are single acting and double acting. The single acting cylinder is able to perform an operating motion in only one direction. A single acting pneumatic 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. Other types of cylinders include rotary cylinders, impact cylinders and multiple-position, or opposed-thrust, cylinders. Pneumatic systems are used to push, pull, lift and open/close doors in material handling and processing.

They can also hold, remove and position materials or pieces for manufacturing. Pneumatic systems can be connected with hoses, pipe or tubing without difficulty, producing a large amount of linear energy. Using pneumatic systems is economical and environmentally friendly, as air is inexpensive, plentiful and easily compressed and stored in tanks. Exhaust air can also be returned to the atmosphere.

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