Pneumatic Cylinder features two rigid guide rods.

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Guided Pneumatic Cylinder is offered in 10 different diameters between 12 and 100 mm with stroke lengths up to 200 mm. Guide rods are supported by either slide bearings or ball bearings. Two cylinders can be directly combined to 2-axis system without any adapter plate. Applications include material handling systems, stopping or clamping, and carrier of grippers, suction cups and other fixtures.

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Guided Pneumatic Cylinder Gives Numerous Advantages

Company will display the Guided Pneumatic Cylinder at the IMTS 2002 Manufacturing Conference, September 4-11, 2002 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Booth #4222

The Guided Pneumatic Cylinder (GPC) by Rexroth is equipped with
two rigid guide rods supported by either slide bearings or ball
bearings, which guarantees a high level of stability.

The main benefits provided by the guided cylinder are high force, precise movement, high side load capacity and anti-rotation combined in the same product. This means easier design and building of machines by reducing the need for external guides. Other features are soft end position resulting in low noise. The magnetic piston means easy sensing of position. Moreover, the GPC has numerous mounting possibilities. A unique advantage is the possibility to directly combine two GPC cylinders to a two-axis system without any adapter plate. The next smaller size GPC mounts directly on the front plate of the larger cylinder.

Typical applications are material handling systems, where high side-load capacity and precision motion are a must, and general application with side load or anti-rotation needs, such as stopping or clamping, where a standard cylinder is too weak. The GPC is also well suited as a carrier of grippers, suction cups and other fixtures and tooling.

The cylinder will be available in ten different diameters between 12 and 100 millimeters as well as stroke lengths of up to 200 millimeters. All versions are available with slide bearings or ball bearings.

Bosch Rexroth Corporation, a merger of Bosch Automation Technology and Rexroth, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH. In the year 2001 the separate companies had total revenues of approximately $3.42 billion (3.86 billion Euros) and a worldwide total of around 26,000 employees. Divisions include Industrial Hydraulics, Electric Drives and Controls, Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies, Pneumatics, Service Automation and Mobile Hydraulics. Bosch Rexroth - The Drive & Control Company - offers comprehensive solutions for drives and motion control in 80 countries around the world.

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Bosch Rexroth Corporation

John Bridges

1953 Mercer Road

Lexington, KY 40511-1021

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