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Pneumatic Actuators

The Pneumatic actuators manufactured by Airpot Corporation are devided into four types such as:

Airpel Anti-Stiction cylinders

Airpel Plus

Airpel-AB air bearing cylinders

Airpot Self- Aligning Actuators

The unique combination of a borosilicate glass cylinder and either a graphite or specially shaped stainless steel piston and have outstanding performance properties with respect to friction, cleanliness, and temperature range. The major differences are in the level of friction, actuation direction capabilities, outer construction, mounting features, and dimensions.

The above four product families have performance properties which are vastly superior to those of conventional cylinders. Airpot and Airpel actuators are ideal for applying a precise force, a repeatable motive or counterbalancing force, applying a gentle or precise holding or squeezing force (as low as a few grams) and for actuation with uniform motion. You will also find the actuators ideal for requirements involving the need to move something slowly and smoothly, even over distances less than 0.1 inch and to cycle at very high speeds- up to 100 cps.

The basic Airpel and the Airpot Self-Aligning Actuator lines provide the capability to extend under pressure and vacuum actuate if required.  The basic Airpel cylinders vary from the Airpot Self-Aligning actuators in that the Airpel cylinders are available in double acting configurations, that can actuate from either end, have a stainless steel outer case, come in double rod models, and the cylinder can pivot. The Airpel also offers models with one way pressurization and spring retraction.   Airpot Self-Aligning Actuators offer even lower friction, the lowest pressure response, are slightly cleaner running, and are the most compact with the lowest moving mass and overall weight. Airpot actuators are also useful for pumping small volumes of air.

The Airpel Plus model which provides less than 25% of the friction of the already low friction basic Airpel and designed to be pressurized in the extension direction only.  It is a hybrid design which uses the same mounting construction and some of the internal design elements of our top-of-the-line Airpel-AB (described in the next paragraph) but it is priced midway between our basic Airpel and the Airpel-AB to satisfy demanding applications that require lower friction and more accurate force control but do not need the zero friction capability of our Airpel-AB.

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