Air Cylinder features air bearing technology.

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Offered in 10 strokes and 4 bore diameters of 9.5, 16, 24, and 32.5 mm, AIRPEL-AB provides repeatable driving or supporting forces from 2 g to 58 kg at pressures from 5-100 psi. Stainless steel piston, fitted to cylinder bore, creates true air bearing airflow effect around piston, preventing its contact with cylinder wall. Force Without Friction® technology enables virtually unlimited piston cycle life with clean operation and no lubrication.

Original Press Release:

Introducing the New Driving Force with Air Bearing Technology

Finally, an air cylinder with the precise features the air cylinder industry has been missing... Introducing the AIRPEL-AB®-AIRPOT CORPORATION's unique new series of Airpels featuring Force Without Friction® air bearing technology.

The AIRPEL-AB is a pneumatic driver that takes air-powered motion to an incredible level of smoothness, cleanliness, and longevity. This new Airpel series' specially shaped stainless steel piston, precisely fitted to the cylinder bore, creates a true air bearing airflow effect around the piston. As little as 5 psi. applied to the cylinder produces a stiff cushion of air that supports the piston circumferentially, preventing its contact with the cylinder wall. The result of this new design? A virtually unlimited piston cycle life with super-clean operation, no lubrication, and an output force reduced only infinitesimally by movement of the ultra-low friction ball joints used to connect the rod.

Airpel's Force Without Friction technology offers a nearly unbelievable level of smooth motion in a pneumatic driving device for applications such as:
o Precise tensioning of ultra-fine wire, filaments, or fiber
o Positioning mechanisms supporting delicate materials, optics, or liquids
o Super-sensitive force control for hold down or clamping of fragile materials, wafer dicing, or polishing
o Counterbalancing and safety support for vertically positioned linear motor driven masses such as CMM measurement probes
o Precise laboratory test equipment for weighing, measuring, tensile strength, deformation, and calibration

The Airpel-AB line is offered in Metric models with four bore diameters (9.5, 16, 24, & 32.5mm) and in 10 strokes (10-300mm) to provide precisely repeatable driving or supporting forces from 2 grams to 58 kilograms at pressures from 5-100 psi. All this over a temperature range of -20ºC to +150ºC. Custom strokes and rod lengths are also available upon request. For more information about any of our products, please call (800)-848-7681 or visit us at We make what you make run smoother.

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