Guide Cylinders

What are the guide cylinders?

The guide cylinders are the mechanical components that are used for stopping, positioning or transporting work pieces during a manufacturing operation. The guide cylinders are also called the cylinder with a guide. The linear guide of a cylinder directs the movement of the cylinder so that the precision is preserved and the guide makes sure the cylinder is not worn during the repeated movements. For example, a cylinder without a guide may deform when it is operating with eccentric loads while the deformation against eccentric loads does not occur to the guide cylinders. There are more features that the guide cylinders have that make them flexible to meet different acquirement in the manufacturing operations.


Suitable for delicate operations and confined environment

The guide cylinders are usually made compact so that it can be placed in a confined working environment as well as to be implemented for more delicate works. Since the guide cylinders are compact and with excellent precision, the use of the guide cylinders is very common in the highly competitive environments such as the automatic production lines or assembly lines. When being implemented in such operations, the presence of the guide cylinders does not get in the way of the operations because of the compact size. In addition, the size of the cylinders allows more possibilities in configuration so that they can fit into sophisticated operations better.


Ease of implement

There are mounting slots that pass through the body of the cylinder so that the cylinders can mount to the guide as well as the working platform directly. Besides the mounting of the cylinder to the guide and the base, the mounting slots also allow the cylinder to be mounted to the auto switch. It is the efficiency of the guide cylinders that also makes them widely accepted in the automatic control or manufacturing process. Therefore, when it comes to small components transferring or positioning, the guide cylinders are frequently involved.


Shorter stroke for effective operation

One substantial feature that makes the cylinders with guide even more versatile to fit into multiple operational tasks is the stroke of the movement. The stroke of a cylinder refers to the distance the piston inside the cylinder moves. To be specific, the distance is from the top dead center of the extension to the bottom dead center of the retraction. The stroke of the cylinders varies to meet different purposes. Generally, the longer the stroke is, the more time it takes to complete a stroke; the shorter it is, the faster the cylinder can respond to the next round of operation. Also, if the stroke is shorter, the guide cylinders can fit into more confined working environment.


Less bulky, more efficiency and more economy

Besides the stroke, another feature of the cylinder that allows more applications of it is the shape. The guide cylinders are made mainly in two figures; the tubular guide cylinder and the square cylinder. The guide cylinders in these two figures are used in different types of operations. No matter what figure the guide cylinder is, the reduction in weight and size makes it possible to complete the same work with smaller components which enhances the efficiency immensely.

On top of that, it takes energy to transport the guide cylinders back and forth on the motion axis to transfer or position the work pieces. The smaller and lighter the cylinder is, the less energy it takes to control the motion, and the more precise it is for the auto-control system to manage the movement. By decreasing the size and weight, the cycle time of each operation is reduced too.


Primary applications of guide cylinders

In an automatic production line, the guide cylinders can serve as the stopper to control the batch of the production. In this respect, the guide cylinders are installed underneath the production line. When the production of next batch needs to be stopped, the cylinder moves upward in the way of the line and the transportation of the products can be halted.

The guide cylinders can also be used in positioning operations. To process certain components, there will be slots or tenons on the work table or work platform. The guide cylinders on the sideway or underneath the work platform can manage the positioning of the operations by retracting or extending.

The other essential application of the guide cylinders is to transfer the lightweight work pieces onto a complex in the automatic assembly line. To place the small components during the operation, the precision in locating is required. The guide on the cylinders makes sure the components fall on the correct spot of a complex precisely.


More application of guide cylinders

The single cylinder with guide is often applied in automatic lines for positioning or transferring parts of components. Yet, there are other types of cylinders that are also commonly applied in the operations such as the twin cylinders. One of the key features of the guide cylinders is its compact size and light weight and the twin cylinders are typically considered too bulky to fit into delicate working procedures.

However, the twin cylinders with guide these days are made as compact and light-weighted as possible to be implemented in more operations because they are more powerful in assembly lines. Further, the standard twin cylinders with guide are applied in certain robotic manipulation and big movable tools. Overall, the guide cylinders are cost-efficient machines because they are downsized. The light weight and compact size of the guide cylinders increases the productivity by improving the cycle time of the operation. Also, they reduce the size of the machines and saves more energy and cost.

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