SMC Actuators

SMC Actuators

Designed for precision performance and reliability

Our standard air cylinder features include:

  • a wide range of bore sizes, with 16 ‘inch’ bore sizes and 18 ‘metric’ bore sizes
  • multiple mounting configurations and
  • auto switch capability as a standard on most series

SMC products are designed for precision performance and reliability. Pneumatic and electric actuator products from SMC are available in a wide variety of styles, including linear, guided, rodless air cylinders, rotary, gripper, and specialty air cylinders. Whether pneumatic or electric actuators, each series comes with a full complement of standard options and related products.

 

Linear: Basic Air Cylindersare used to provide straight-line, in/out linear movement for a variety of applications. Available as single acting (spring extend or spring return) and double acting styles with single rod or double rod configurations, non-rotating, and precision non-rotating models.

Body styles include crimped, round, or tie rod. Single acting cylinders develop thrust in one direction and have lower air consumption compared with the equivalent size of double acting cylinders. With a double acting air cylinder, air pressure may be alternately applied to provide force in both directions.

 

Linear: Compact Cylinders – function in the same manner as a basic cylinder with both single acting and double acting, single or double rod, and non-rotating models. However, SMC compact cylinders minimize space requirements allowing for precise, direct mounting in the least amount of space possible.

 

Linear: Rodless Air Cylinder – differs from a basic air cylinder in that no piston rod extends outside the cylinder body. Instead, the internal piston is connected to an external carriage, by means of a magnetic or mechanical coupling system.

SMC’s rodless air cylinders are ideal for long stroke applications because they are unaffected by rod overhang, bending, piston binding, and uneven seal wear, and for use in confined areas where space is a premium.

 

Guided Air Cylinders – utilize guide rods mounted parallel to the piston rod to provide stable, non-rotating, high side load performance. SMC offers dual rod, heavy duty and precision models. Like rodless cylinders, SMC guide rod cylinders reduce rod bending, piston bending and uneven seal wear. Low profile guided actuator series are available for restrictive space limitations.

 

Slide Table Actuators – are utilized in applications that call for high rigidity and high accuracy. Typically, an air cylinder and a precision guide are required to meet these needs; however the MX series integrates the guide table and air cylinder into one precisely machined component. MXQ series endless track linear guide produces a table cylinder having excellent rigidity, linearity and non-rotating accuracy.

The MX series provides approximately twice the force output of a conventional cylinder through the engineering of a twin piston design.

 

Rotary Actuators – SMC manufactures both Rack and Pinion and Vane style pneumatic rotary actuator products. Combination rotary models combine compact linear cylinders and rotational capability. Combinations are also available that include rotary gripper capabilities. When the application calls for rotational motion less than one revolution, rotary cylinders can mount right at the equipment joint without taking up space with long stroke lengths, which would be required to do the same job with a linear cylinder. SMC’s pneumatic rotary actuator units can achieve arc lengths of 90°, 180°, 190°, or even 270°, depending on the configuration. SMC offers both electric and pneumatic rotary actuator products.

 

Air Grippers – this series include pneumatic rotary grippers, two, three and four finger parallel styles that are ideal for gripping and centering; a wide opening parallel model, designed to accommodate many different sized parts; a heavy duty style, suitable for a wide range of applications; an angular model, speed adjustment built in; a toggle to give reliable gripping support; a low-contamination style, equipped with a protective boot; and electric models.

 

Electric Actuators – offer distinct advantages over their pneumatic counterparts. Acceleration and speed are controlled and predictable. Multiple positions are possible with high precision and repeatability. Pushing forces can be programmed. With no need for compressed air, infrastructure and energy costs are lower. LE is SMC’s current line of electric actuators, designed with a focus on easy setup and operation. Function parameters come preset, plus an “Easy Mode” setting option allows you to be operational quickly. The LE line is available in a variety of types including: sliders, rod and guided rod, slide tables, rotary, grippers, and miniature. Accessories include actuator controllers, and gateways.

 

 Hydraulic Cylinders – offer a wide choice of operating pressures, tube bore sizes, and standardized strokes. Available in lightweight, compact aluminum body. Direct mounting style provides space savings.

 Accessories – include rod clevises, mounting brackets and alignment couplers, for attachment. Positioning feedback is provided by the largest selection of auto switches available from any pneumatic manufacturer. To control speed we offer shock absorbers, quick exhausts and flow controls in a wide variety of sizes and configurations.