Have you ever looked at an electric motor attached to something and thought to yourself that there has to be a better way to get the job done? If so, then pneumatic linear actuators are more than likely the technology for you. These devices are much the same in so many ways, though they of course heavily capitalize on the benefits of compressed air-driven technology.
This has long enabled them to be an advantageous technology when compared to most of the other options that you’d have to work with.
Basic linear air cylinders are used to provide straight-line, in/out linear movement for a variety of applications. Available as single acting (spring extend or spring return actuators) and double acting styles with single rod or double rod configurations, non-rotating, and precision non-rotating models.
Actuator body styles include crimped, round, or tie rod. Single acting air cylinders develop thrust in one direction and have spring return mechanism, which lowers air consumption compared with the equivalent size of double-acting air cylinders. Using a double-acting air cylinder, air pressure may be alternately applied to provide force in both directions.
Our team at Orange Coast Pneumatics has long worked to ensure that you always have plenty of options when you’re on the lookout for linear actuators that can help you streamline your manufacturing workflows. Give some thought to the following components and how they could help you get ahead in your own workshop.
Full-Sized Linear Motion
Technicians often have to figure out the best way to scale installation to the demands of the organization around them. If you regularly find yourself operating on more substantial workpieces, then you’re going to want an equally substantive linear actuator module to hold up to the extra amount of force needed to manipulate these parts. There are a few simple ways to do this, though you more than likely already know exactly how much you need.
While you’re at it, you’ll want to survey your current pneumatic installation and see whether or not there are sufficient numbers of grippers and other suitably large components that can help you move a workpiece down an assembly line and get it attached to its final assembly.
Compressed air is more than capable of providing a sufficient level of positive force to tackle even the most complex tasks. You simply need to make sure that you’ve invested in pneumatic modules that are up to the job. Fortunately, there exists any number of full-sized linear actuators that should be more than generous when it comes to their dimensions.
Engineers who have the exact opposite problem, in the form of a lack of header space, shouldn’t run into too many issues either. There are a series of compact pneumatic components that should still provide the level of stroke they need without taking up too much vertical room.
Compact Linear Actuator Designs With Load Capacity Options
When you install a pneumatic arrangement inside of a case or some kind of rack mount, you’re going to have to pay close attention to clearances. At one point, this was a major issue that factored into almost every aspect of the design decision.
A compact linear actuator cylinder like the CQS module offers a solution to this problem. It provides long strokes that are up to 300mm and comes in four different bore sizes. That means you can find parts in sizes from 12-25mm without having to sacrifice any of the precious space that’s more than likely been a major commodity when designing your layout.
Since the compact design helps to preserve space, you’re free to attach other devices onto the module as well. For instance, switches can be mounted on three sides. It comes in 12-16 bore sizes or four bores sizes from 20-25.
Those who need to deal with additional levels of pressure can invest in an increased side load edition. This device, known as the CQS*S, is offered for demanding challenges that you might run into while you’re slowly upgrading an initial installation. Depending on your workshop’s particular requirements, you may want to combine the two devices and use separate examples on different assembly lines.
Take a few moments to map out the way you currently have everything configured in your workshop. Those who don’t have any compressed air-driven equipment set up at the moment may look at this as an opportunity to build a system around standard linear actuators that can be easily updated at some point in the future.
Models Of Linear Actuator Systems
Engineers have developed a variety of additional types of linear actuators that are designed to fulfill the requirements of those working in certain specialty niches. For instance, the NCG repairable round body cylinder combines a short overall length and higher speeds. It’s a great example of a precise device that’s light on weight.
These modules include precision mounting with rubber bumpers or adjustable air cushions. Technicians who need an additional level of flexibility can rely on these and other options to better match the equipment to the type of installation they’re planning to work with.
Some people might want to explore the possibility of even using one of these parts as a potential way of dealing with periodic part failures. If you’ve had a similar device wear out, then you’ll be pleased to know that these come in bore sizes from 3/4″ to 2 1/2″. That makes it easy to match them with existing systems.
You’ll find that the NCG series even offers speeds up to 40 inches a second. That’s more than enough to power even those workflows that need a fast stroke cycle.
Keep in mind that it’s never safe to operate equipment out of spec. This goes for pneumatic and electrical gear. If you’ve been dealing with overworked components in your own organization for some time, then you’re going to want to look into one of these modules as an opportunity to make needed changes that can ensure your equipment is never overworked.
Those who have special concerns are always free to inquire about custom solutions as well.
Find High-Speed Linear Actuators for Your Organization At Orange Coast Pneumatics
While you might feel that you need some sort of custom design, chances are that you can go with a standard fitting that will work just as well. That should help to make future maintenance and replacement that much easier. Our Orange Coast crews will be sure to work with you to find components that can work for you and help you get a hold of all of the accessories that you need to keep your equipment going longer than you had ever thought possible.
Small business owners can contact Orange Coast Pneumatics online to ask for more information about what kind of specialty parts are available. Representatives of larger organizations are always invited to get in touch as well. We do our best to meet the needs of all sizes of firms that need high-quality pneumatic components.