Compact Air Cylinders Manufacturers and Suppliers

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  • Anaheim, CA 888-313-5609

    We carry over 500,000 pneumatic parts at Coast Pneumatics. Included in our offerings are check valves which allow media flow in one direction. Our choices include bi-directional check valves, miniature check valves, polypropylene check valves, integral fitting check valves and metal check valves.

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  • Westminster, SC 864-647-9521

    Since 1974, Compact® Automation Products has been manufacturing standard and custom products, including our Compact® air cylinders. We offer a full line of highly engineered custom products and subassembly solutions faster than anyone else in the industry.

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  • Roscoe, IL 815-654-9301

    Illinois Pneumatics provides innovative, quality air cylinders, pneumatic cylinders and hydraulic cylinders at competitive pricing. We can also modify standard cylinders for special uses. Here at Illinois Pneumatics, our goal is seeing you reach your goal. Contact us today for more information!

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  • Franklin, MA 800-341-2800

    Since 1946, AIR has been a leading distributor of thousands of pneumatic automation components, controls, and accessories offering immediate shipping with our large inventories of superior product lines. Our products include machine guards, air cylinders, air filters, vacuum pumps, and solenoid valves. Check out our total cost approach to uncover your real manufacturing savings today!

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Compact Air Cylinders

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Applications for Compact Cylinders

Compact cylinders are precision pneumatic actuators built to maximize productivity within a limited amount of space. Like all air cylinders, these mechanisms utilize pressure differentials in order to convert compressed air energy into mechanical energy.

This energy is put to work in a number of industrial and commercial applications:

  • Automotive
  • Building
  • Construction
  • Food Processing and Packaging
  • Metal Working
  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Textile
  • Forestry

Types of Compact Cylinders

These industries all utilize compact cylinders as actuators for valves, lift gates, hoists, machines, jacks, motors, doors and equipment components. Because these mechanisms use only compressed air to open, close, push, pull and lift variable loads, they provide an economic and environmentally friendly solution to many mechanical operations.

Compact or “Short Stroke” Cylinders
Compact cylinders provide even further benefits as they are often as much as 60% smaller than comparable traditional alternatives and are therefore easily integrated into pre-existing workspaces or areas where space is at a premium. The significantly smaller size corresponds to the stroke of the cylinder. Stroke is a measure of the difference in length between fully extended and fully retracted piston positions. Smaller strokes also result in increased speed and efficiency as the pistons travel a shorter distance. As this is such an influential measure, compact actuators are sometimes referred to as “short stroke cylinders.”
Traditional Cylinders
While many compact cylinder models use traditional single acting and double acting cylinder designs, the majority are rodless cylinders. While traditional compacts are just miniaturized, rodless designs reduce size without decreasing capabilities by simply eliminating the need for room to fully extend the piston rod beyond the length of the shaft.
Rack, Pinion, and Cable Compact Cylinders
Rack and pinion or cable cylinders are among the most common types of compact actuators. Both types have circular or rectangular cylinders with an air valve, for inlet and exhaust, located at one or both ends. In a rack and pinion system, this shaft houses two pistons.
A toothed rack and pinion are located between these pistons. When air is introduced into either end of the closed cylinder, the corresponding piston pushes the rack in the opposite direction. The pinion rolls along the rack creating rotation. This movement is transferred from the pinion to a connected shaft that protrudes from the shaft and connects to the tooling or load.
Four piston rack and pinion cylinders are available and function in the same manner but are cube shaped. Alternatively, cable cylinders operate with a pulley system.
A cable is connected to the central piston and extends out one end of the shaft where it winds around two or more pulleys before circling around through the other end cap. A carriage, to which the intended load is attached, is located in a fixed position on the exterior portion of the cable. Compressed air forced into the cylinder moves the piston which in turn rotates the cable. As capabilities differ significantly, it is important to carefully compare compact cylinder capabilities to the requirements of a specific application.

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