@jauhar123 | Posted 24 Jul. 2019
Pneumatic cylinders, also widely known as pneumatic actuators, are used to provide linear or rotary motion and force to automated machines, systems, and processes, mainly in industrial applications. Pneumatic cylinders and actuators work when compressed air is forced directly into them in order to move a piston that is present within it. The work is done by a mechanism attached to the piston, converting the created energy into real-time use, for example, a picking and placing process in factory automation.
Pneumatic cylinders and actuators are an easy way to achieve force and generate precise linear and rotary motion and can be used in complex environments, such as adverse temperatures. Festo pneumatic cylinder, being lightweight, and requiring little maintenance, generally produce less force and a slower speed compared to hydraulic or electric systems, but remain a cost-effective alternative.
Actuators and cylinders are produced either to ‘house standards’ - likely to be unique to a particular manufacturer - or produced to widely adopted or international standards.