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SMC, the worldwide leading experts in pneumatics, continues to demonstrate its environmental credentials with the launch of two energy efficient speed controllers, AS-R and AS-Q.
The new AS-R has been cleverly designed to decrease the supply pressure at the return stroke of the cylinder to 0.2 MPa, which reduces air consumption by up to 30% and makes it ideal for applications where there is only one working stroke, such as lifting, pressing, clamping or transferring workpieces.
To complement the AS-R, the AS-Q compensates for the delay time that is associated with pressure reduction by delivering rapid air supply.
A spokesperson from SMC said: “Typically, speed controllers consume the same amount of air equally with both the working and return stroke. With the launch of the AS-R and AS-Q it has never been easier to achieve an efficient process, whereby pressure levels are optimised.”
Featuring a fixed setting pressure of 0.2 MPa, only one handle is required to operate either controller. The single handle is used to regulate the cylinder speed which is easily adjusted through a one-step push-lock type handle by one rotation of 270°, with marks every 45° to ensure reproducibility of the set flow.