How to select the best pneumatic cylinder for your application

API Pneumatic UK is a specialist supplier of high-quality, high-performance pneumatic cylinders. We have a huge range of pneumatic cylinder types available, ranging from compact cylinders to ISO cylinders, rodless cylinders and many more. Let’s take a closer look at our complete range of pneumatic cylinders and their typical applications.

Here at API Pneumatic UK, we have an extensive selection of exceptional pneumatic cylinders. This includes lightweight ISO cylinders featuring polyurethane seals and stainless steel piston rods. Constructed from a metallic piston assembly, our pneumatic cylinders are suitable for heavy-duty operation. Furthermore, their clean lines also make them entirely suitable for SIP and CIP wash-downs in hygienic applications.

Let’s find out more about the various pneumatic cylinder types that we stock here at API UK.

Compact cylinders

Our one-piece compact cylinders boast low, flat profiles for mounting in confined spaces. They also feature integrated guide shafts, which means no direct loading on seals and prolonged seal life. We have oil-less bearing options available for heavy load applications or spherical bearing options for speed applications.

ISO cylinders

Our streamlined ISO cylinders are built to ISO 15552 and ISO 6432 standards. Clean lines facilitate effective CIP/SIP wash-downs for hygienic applications, while pneumatic and mechanical cushioning prolongs service life. Life-long lubrication makes our ISO cylinders ideal for non-lubricated pneumatic fluid power systems.

Rotary actuators

Our double-acting pneumatic rotary actuators come in bore sizes from 4 mm to 125 mm. Magnetic as standard for easy mounting, our rotary actuators feature adjustable cushioning for high cycle times and good end of stroke shock protection. API actuators are pre-lubricated for use in non-lubricated compressed air systems.

Short stroke cylinders

Our compact, space-saving short stroke cylinders feature an extruded barrel design with integrated slots and conform to ISO 15524. With a high force to length ratio, API short stroke pneumatic cylinders are suitable for applications where ISO 15552 cylinders are not female threaded or where through body mounting is needed.

Single-acting pneumatic cylinders

Available with standard stroke lengths of 10mm to 50mm, our single-acting pneumatic cylinders are characterised by their perfect tightening and nitrile rubber cushioning. API UK can provide a variety of spring return, single-acting pneumatic cylinders to suit a wide array of applications, including sanitary environments.

Double-acting pneumatic cylinders

Our cost-effective double-acting pneumatic cylinders include our marquee same-day build ISO double-acting cylinders, ISO 6432 cylinders and stainless steel cylinders. Many of our double-acting pneumatic cylinders are ideally suited to hygienic food and medical applications or corrosive environments in the oil and gas sector.

Cartridge cylinders

Available in 6 mm, 10 mm or 16 mm bore lengths, API cartridge cylinders feature a threaded body. This allows for easy adjustment of the end position of the stroke and bulkhead mounting. The miniscule dimensions of our cartridge microcylinders makes them an adaptable and space-saving addition to many machine applications.

Rodless cylinders

Our magnetic rodless cylinders feature a low-profile carriage, reducing overall length by 50% compared to cylinders with piston rods. API rodless cylinders also feature a grooved profile barrel, which means no more brackets. Their high resistance to deflection makes rodless cylinders ideal for heavy-duty applications. 

As you can see, we have quite a range of different pneumatic cylinders and accessories. For more details about our complete range of pneumatic cylinders, or to speak to one of our sales engineers about your application in more detail, please contact API Pneumatic UK today by calling 01782 206 995 or email [email protected]