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SMC pneumatic cylinders are versatile adapt to every kind of industrial need or requirement. Our pneumatic actuators and cylinders provide lightweight and compact solutions for industrial use and are designed to reduce costs as well as maximise the performance of your machines.
In our pneumatic cylinders catalogue you will find products and components that will make your equipment and machinery work as you need.
This kind of actuators convert pneumatic energy into a linear motion, and they can be classified into two main categories:
Single acting cylinders: The piston rod force acts in only one direction, as there is only one compressed air supply.
Double acting cylinders: The piston rod force acts in both directions, the output stroke, and the return stroke, as the air is supplied alternately to the two chambers of the cylinder.
Guided cylinders are specially designed to withstand higher external forces and perform high-precision movements. They can be divided mainly into 2 categories:
Cylinders with guide rods: Cylinders with an internal guide system that provide a compact, sturdy, and precise solution.
Slide tables: Pneumatic slides are compact actuators ideal for high-precision movements.
Rotary actuators transform the pneumatic energy into a rotary motion, and they are specifically designed for industrial applications where the workpiece must be rotated or turned.
According to their operating principle, rotary cylinders can be divided into:
Grippers are the mechanical element that allows a workpiece to be picked up and held for further handling. The selection of a gripper must be done according to requirements and features of each application, and the shape of the workpieces is a decisive factor. According to this, there are three types of grippers:
Parallel gripper: Parallel grippers are mainly used for flat and parallel surfaces.
Angular gripper (180° or smaller): Angular grippers are ideal for convex and concave surfaces.
Concentric gripper: Centric grippers are perfect for cylindrical and spherical surfaces.
Pneumatic actuators and cylinders are used in a wide range of applications across different industries, such as:
Typical applications for pneumatic cylinders include:
There are several elements to take into consideration when it comes to selecting pneumatic cylinders for your applications. Some of them are:
It is also crucial to consider environmental factors to maximise the service life of pneumatic components. For instance, excessive moisture, oils or other particles could cause failures during industrial processes.
Optimising the quality of compressed air, according to the recommendations of specialists, is essential for the preventive maintenance of pneumatic systems.
Choose long-lasting actuators and accessories through our pneumatic cylinders' configurator, among other engineering tools SMC offers.
Any doubts or questions while selecting your cylinders? Ask our experts!