Pneumatic cylinders are among the most popular devices used across the industrial market today. In this article, we look at where they are used, why they are used and hope to answer the all-important question of how does a pneumatic cylinder work?
How does a pneumatic cylinder work?
Before we look at the various types of applications and industries where a pneumatic cylinder is considered a vital cog in the process, it is important to understand how a pneumatic cylinder works. Because it is pneumatic, obviously the working principle of a pneumatic cylinder revolves around the use of gas or air and in this instance is to actuate kinetic movement.
A pneumatic cylinder functions through the conversion of potential energy from compressed air or gas into mechanical or kinetic motion. Within the cylinder, there are usually two chambers that are maintained at different air pressures. Within the mechanism, a rod or piston acts as the volume of the chambers alters as a result of the pressure increasing. Once this pressure is breached the flow of the air within the chambers is released into the cylinder via connected port and this creates the mechanical motion required.
Value for applications
The value or function of a pneumatic cylinder is solely based on the application, which is why you would have possibly heard the term ‘bespoke cylinders’. With the main function of a pneumatic cylinder being to generate motion through air pressure using compressed air or gas, this device is ideal for use across a wide range of applications.
So what is the value for the end-user? Why are these devices so popular and how do they improve work processes. Through the linear motion created by a pneumatic cylinder, push, pull, rotate and clamp functions can be achieved. The ability to move and position products or components is a massive benefit to operations.
Pneumatic cylinders are also incredibly cost-effective and when there are issues with the motion, the propensity for internal damage is low. They can also be adapted to cope within environments where higher velocities or force is required and can tolerate adverse conditions.
So to summarise pneumatic cylinders produce a strong performance in most conditions, are cost-effective and even when they fail, there is less risk of internal damage. These devices are also easy to install.
Pneumatic cylinder suppliers
Matara UK have been pneumatic cylinder suppliers for more than 25 years. With a wide portfolio of customers across all sectors of industry, their reputation for reliability and quality service has developed them into the partner of choice when it comes to pneumatic solutions.
Some examples of instances or application use that we have provided pneumatic cylinder solutions for include:
- Opening valves
- Mechanically operated doors
- Conveyor belts
- Heavy-duty lifting applications
Pneumatic cylinders are also popular for use within the automotive industry. Here they will be used within suspension and braking systems.
For more information about our complete range of Mindman compact pneumatic cylinders, or to discuss your application requirements in more detail, contact Matara today on +44 (0) 1684 850000 or email@example.com.