Cylinders in Pneumatic Controls

What cylinders do?


The Advantages of Pneumatic Drives


Pneumatic cylinders are working tools known as actuators, that translate the energy of compressed air into work. Where an electrical drive in the form of an electric motor is ideal for rotational drives, cylinder drives constitute the optimum solution for executing linear motion (linear drives) in both technical and economical terms. Such movements are normally complex and expensive to implement using electrical drives. Furthermore, pneumatic drives can handle pivoting movements of up to 360°. Pneumatic cylinders are not only relatively inexpensive and easy to install, they also come in simple, robust designs and in all different sizes.


Characteristic Parameters for Pneumatic Cylinders

The following list provides a general overview of the key parameters of pneumatic cylinders:

Diameter: 6 to 320 mm
Stroke length: 1 to 2000 mm
Applied force: 2 to 50000 N
Piston speeds: 0.02 to 1.00 m/s

Areas of application for pneumatic cylinders

Pneumatic actuators are used for, among others, the following tasks:

Clamping, shifting, positioning and aligning of tools
Sorting and stacking of tools
Stamping and pressing of tools
Branching flows of materials
Opening and closing flaps and doors
Supplying accurate doses


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