Ever heard of ideal cushioning?


Pneumatic cylinders are noted for their high reliability and rapid-fire operation in pick-and-place applications. Providing just the right amount of cushioning not only extends cylinder life, but also minimizes cycle times.

I received an inquiry earlier this week from a graduate research assistant at the Technical University in Dresden, Germany. She commented that she found an article on our website about ideal cushioning both interesting and useful — and she was asking if I could direct her to more information on the subject. Naturally, I was happy to oblige.

The article she initially found is All about cylinder cushioning. So I directed her to two other feature articles on the subject: Avoiding the bounce and Pneumatics cuts lumber costs, an application-oriented feature aritcle. Both of these articles also have hyperlinks to additional information.

We also have a short piece on an air cylinder that uses an engineered plastic cushion as an alternative to a pneumatic cushion. You'll find that one by clicking here.

And if you'd like even more, just enter cushion or cushioning into the search box at the top of any of our web pages.

But that's not all, our sister publication, Machine Design, also has information about cushioning in pneumatic cylinders. Click here to view it.

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Alan Hitchcox

Alan joined Hydraulics & Pneumatics in 1987 with experience as a technical magazine editor and in industrial sales. He graduated with a BS in engineering technology from Franklin University and...
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