The Expert’s Guide To Selecting Pneumatic Actuators And Cylinders

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At Best Pneumatic Sytems, we have one the most comprehensive selections of pneumatic actuators and cylinders available in the UK. With an array of choice available to both new and existing customers alike, it can sometimes be difficult to select the right pneumatic cylinder type for your application. Regardless of whether you’re planning to work with us or are simply browsing, we’ve put together this expert’s guide for selecting pneumatic cylinders and actuators, especially for you. From breaking down the different pneumatic cylinder types available and their individual uses, to what separates Best Pneumatic Systems as pneumatic cylinder suppliers, this is the only guide you will ever need!

WHAT ARE COMMON USES OF PNEUMATIC ACTUATORS AND CYLINDERS?

Firstly, let’s briefly cover why you might need a pneumatic actuator or cylinder for your application. Typically, the most common use of pneumatic cylinders and actuators is to convert an energy source to provide mechanical motion. Pneumatics use compressed air or gasses to create this desired function. This compressed energy source then acts on a piston inside a cylinder to move a load along a linear path. Because of their versatility, pneumatic actuators and cylinders can be customised to become smaller, lighter or more responsive to match the desired application. This is due to the fact that compressed air has little to no resistance, a feature not afforded by hydraulic counterparts.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PNEUMATIC ACTUATORS AND CYLINDERS?

LINEAR PNEUMATIC ACTUATORS

The most common form of actuators stocked at Best Pneumatic Systems are linear modes. Linear actuators are mechanical devices used to create motion in a straight line by converting a readily accessible energy source, such as air, electricity or liquids. They can also be used to apply force in some cases.

COMPACT AIR CYLINDERS

For when “less is more”, the compact air cylinder should be considered. This type of pneumatic cylinder is the preferred option when space is limited and mechanical actuation is desired. Because of their compact size and low weight range, compact cylinders provide shorter strokes than standard pneumatic cylinders, which makes them suitable for tasks like clamping smaller components.

PNEUMATIC ROUNDLINE CYLINDERS

If you work with lighter-duty applications, then roundline cylinders would be your preferred option. These pneumatic cylinder types are powered by compressed air to provide stroke extension and retraction movements. Our pneumatic roundline cylinders vary from single to double-acting and offer numerous benefits, such as improved flexibility and reduced maintenance costs.

STAINLESS STEEL PNEUMATIC CYLINDERS

Stainless steel cylinders would be an ideal actuator for harsh or extreme environments. A more resilient type of pneumatic cylinder, stainless steel cylinders feature improved corrosion resistance to help eliminate risks of contamination in processes that require the utmost cleanliness.

PNEUMATIC RODLESS CYLINDERS

For a robust and reliable solution, look no further than rodless cylinders. These self-contained cylinders feature a unique design that can guide and support loads throughout the entire stroke length of the cylinder. This makes them a great choice for long stroke applications when saving space is a concern.

PNEUMATIC ROTARY ACTUATORS

Rotary actuators would be preferred when applications require turning or angular movement. Designed to provide rotary motion through a defined angle, rotary actuators are very durable and can provide relatively high levels of torque for their size. These pneumatic actuators can be applied to loads of all sizes, power and operating speeds.

GUIDED PNEUMATIC CYLINDERS

Guided cylinders are the go-to pneumatic actuator for moving heavier objects. They are able to provide stable, non-rotating performance with high side load capabilities. The ball bearing guides of guided cylinders are what helps them to absorb lateral forces as heavier objects are moved sideways.

OUR CUSTOMERS’ FAVOURITE PNEUMATIC ACTUATORS AND CYLINDERS TYPES

Now that we’ve covered the different types of pneumatic actuators and cylinders stocked at Best Pneumatic Systems, let’s discuss which products are customer favourites. Whilst all the actuators and cylinders above are available with a degree of customisation to better suit your application and industry requirements, nothing says reliability like our tried and tested ISO certified pneumatic cylinders.

ISO 1552 PNEUMATIC CYLINDERS

Our robust and reliable ISO 1552 pneumatic cylinders are manufactured according to ISO 64321 standards, ensuring the latest technologies are applied. In addition, this series also complies with VDMA 24652 standards, which guarantees the interchangeability of these cylinders without mounted anchoring.

ISO 6432 PNEUMATIC CYLINDERS

Our metric ISO 6432 pneumatic cylinder series features a multitude of features and benefits. This line of advanced mini-cylinders incorporates a reliable and robust design that allows for easy maintenance due to their threaded caps and tubular bodies. With the added inclusion of mechanical shock absorption, the pistons provide cushioning at the end of the stroke.

WHY WE’RE THE BEST PNEUMATIC CYLINDER SUPPLIERS

When choosing a pneumatic cylinder supplier, experience in the field must be considered. Best Pneumatic Systems has built a wealth of knowledge and expertise in pneumatic cylinders since 1987. That experience has allowed us to offer customers the most complete range of market-leading pneumatic actuators and cylinders on the market.

As pneumatic cylinder suppliers, we pride ourselves on meeting the requirements of OEMs, MROs and resellers time and time again. Best Pneumatic Systems is also the UK’s largest supplier of SMC pneumatic cylinders and actuators. As the global market leader, SMC’s products are manufactured to ISO9001 quality, ensuring consistent standards and reliable operating life.

Browse our range of pneumatic actuators and cylinders, or inquire directly about making Best Pneumatic Systems your preferred supplier. Contact us now on 01254 395000 or email sales@bestpneumatics.com.