Compact cylinders are the cylinders that are designed with smaller sizes than the standard forms of the cylinders. The compact cylinders allow the applications that are adopted to be operated with improved productivity and efficiency, which make them surpass the standard ones in some cases.
The cylinders can be found on a variety of devices, which are applied for generating, controlling, and transforming the pressurized media into mechanical force, in order to facilitate the operation of the connected applications.
There are either mechanically or electrically driven machines that can be seen on various applications. These applications receive the kinetic energy that is transformed by different sources. For the former, the applications may be driven by pressurized gas, air, or fluids. As for the latter, it is the electric power that drives the connected applications instead.
Among these various devices, to be driven by the cylinders, which is to be mechanically driven would be preferred to the electricity. Although the former may be less efficient than the latter, the larger consumption of electricity than the gas, air, and fluids may result in more costs during the operation of those applications.
In order to make the efficiency and effectiveness of the cylinders even better, the compact cylinders are invented. With the reduced size and improved cycle time, the applications that apply the compact cylinders can be ensured with more friendly design for the working environments and the equivalent performance than the ones with standard size.
The cylinders that are adopted for a variety of usage in different fields of applications come in two main forms depending on what medium is used, including the pneumatic cylinders and the hydraulic cylinders.
● Pneumatic cylinders
The pneumatic cylinders are the cylinders that contain air or inert gas inside. They are dedicated to store the air or gas that is pressurized by the compressor from the tank, and cooperate with valves to regulate the releasing or stopping of the medium based on the requirements of the applications.
These cylinders are widely adopted in many applications, such as air compressors, HVAC control systems, or the machines in the precision machining fields. Through the transformation of the mechanical power from the air or gas, the applications are able to be operated.
● Hydraulic cylinders
These cylinders work the same fashion as the pneumatic cylinders, while the media they use are fluids instead of air or gas. The applications of the hydraulic cylinders utilize pressurized fluids, so that the sizes and required pressure of these cylinders would be larger than the pneumatic cylinders.
The larger sizes and amount of pressure that is required would result in the more expensive the costs of the hydraulic cylinders. Although these cylinders are relatively pricier, they are capable of driving larger machines accordingly as they provide more energy to those machines.
● Enhanced productivity
Compared to standard cylinders, the sizes of the compact cylinders are reduced, and thus cause the weights of the cylinders are reduced accordingly. This is helpful for allowing the runtime of the applications of compact cylinders to decrease, which means the applications are able to take less time to achieve the required operation.
For the precision machining fields, once the runtime of each cycle of operation is reduced, it takes less time to make more products. In other words, the productivity of the applications would be enhanced with the compact cylinders.
● Reduction of machine sizes
As the sizes of the compact cylinders are made smaller, the required sizes of the machines that adopt these devices can be reduced as well, which benefits the smaller workshops or large-scale manufacturing with small sizes of machines, since they would not be limited in space when choosing the suitable machines to use.
Sometimes, the smaller sizes of the cylinders as well as the machines would be less expensive than the larger ones, since the materials that are required to produce these cylinders and machines would also be reduced, and the cost on the excessive materials is saved at the same time.
● Easier energy transferring for z-axis working orientation
For the vertical milling machines or lathes, the working orientations may be not only x and y axes, but also z-axis. The tools on these machines receive the mechanical energy from the cylinders, and cut through the workpieces with downward force, which is from the z-axis.
When the standard cylinders are replaced with the compact ones, the process of transferring energy would be easier and faster, which also makes the efficiency of the works improved at the same time.
● Equivalent performance as standard cylinders
From the above benefits that have been mentioned, we can see that these cylinders with smaller sizes and lighter weights are capable of working faster but taking up less space, which make them have equivalent performance as the standard cylinders, and thus be able to be the alternatives to the standard ones in some cases.
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