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Air Preparation Products Keep Pneumatic Systems at Peak Performance


Air Preparation Products Keep Pneumatic Systems at Peak Performance

When designing and building a pneumatic system for your industrial applications, keep in mind that even the most durable, highest-performance components will suffer from sub-optimal performance and damage that will reduce their expected life if the compressed air is of poor quality. Compressed air entering the system contains particles that can, for instance, damage seals […]

How to Specify Pneumatic Cylinders


How to Specify Pneumatic Cylinders

With the range of styles, sizes and shapes of pneumatic cylinders on the market today, it can sometimes be difficult to specify the type of cylinder you need for your application. As the number of standard options available on the market grows, you may feel spoiled for choice due to the sheer amount of products […]

Food-Grade Pneumatic Cylinders Served Fast


Food-Grade Pneumatic Cylinders Served Fast

When it comes to food and beverage production, exposure to moisture and chemicals from washdowns is likely your first concern when specifying an actuator. But, thanks to the ever-challenging throughput demands of the food industry, getting the right actuator quickly is also a top priority. That’s why it pays to work with a vendor that […]

Pneumatic Components Help Packaging Operations Meet Aggressive Production Targets


Pneumatic Components Help Packaging Operations Meet Aggressive Production Targets

In the high-speed, high-volume packaging industry, automated systems and robots are used widely to maximize output and efficiency. If you’re building or upgrading packaging machines and systems to keep pace with aggressive production goals, the components you choose must provide precise, reliable, around-the-clock operation and satisfy your load and speed requirements. Fabco-Air offers a wide […]

Powerful Cylinders for High-Force Applications


Powerful Cylinders for High-Force Applications

When it comes to shearing, punching or broaching applications, you’ll need a lot of force to do the job — especially if it involves metal workpieces. But obtaining that muscle adds a lot of headaches to what should be a simple setup. For example, high-pressure hydraulics can give you the force you need, but they […]

How Cylinders Support Copy Exact Manufacturing in Semiconductor Applications


How Cylinders Support Copy Exact Manufacturing in Semiconductor Applications

When it comes to semiconductor applications, you need pneumatic components that offer high precision and reliability in a compact package. They should also conform to the Copy Exactly! standards prevalent in the industry, ensuring performance and quality consistency across the entire operation. Let’s take a closer look at these features, which can help you select […]

Take the Guesswork Out of Cylinder Selection with NFPA Cylinders


Take the Guesswork Out of Cylinder Selection with NFPA Cylinders

Sorting through the many features and specifications of air cylinders from various manufacturers can be daunting. One good way to simplify this process is to consider NFPA style actuators. By adhering to a common set of standards, these actuators enable you to standardize your design, letting you turn your focus to the key features that […]

Fabco-Air NFPA and OEM-NFPA Air Cylinders


NFPA pneumatic cylinders combine rugged construction and versatility. Available in a variety of versions and 17 mounting styles, these interchangeable NFPA cylinders allow users to directly replace other manufacturers’ NFPA units of the same type and dimensions for greater design freedom. The cylinder tube is built with a high-strength aluminum barrel, and users can also […]

Design Flaws Solved With Pneumatic Grippers


Design Flaws Solved With Pneumatic Grippers

When you’re using pneumatic grippers in an application, you’re not betting on them to fail, but not all grippers are created equal. Flaws in construction can do anything from impacting the life cycle of your equipment to creating major maintenance headaches. The simple construction of Fabco-Air’s SPG Series pneumatic grippers helps to eliminate these flaws. […]

Fabco-Air Website Tour


Follow along as we show you how to get the most out of our new site. In our video tour, you’ll learn how to find products faster, build your own CAD model, search for distributors and more.

Exploring Important Cylinder Features for Medical Applications


Exploring Important Cylinder Features for Medical Applications

From lab automation to device manufacturing, medical applications demand cylinders that offer reliability, consistent performance and above all—cleanliness. At Fabco-Air, we offer both custom and off-the-shelf cylinders that meet these requirements to keep your critical processes running smoothly.

Choosing Reliable Cylinders for Fast-Moving Web Processes


Choosing Reliable Cylinders for Fast-Moving Web Processes

Printing, converting and papermaking machines operate at breakneck line speeds around the clock. From laminating films to converting large parent rolls, you can’t afford to halt these processes due to a faulty pneumatic cylinder. Instead, you need cylinders that can provide the reliability and long lifespan required by these demanding web processes.

Fabco-Air Multi-Power® Cylinders


Fabco-Air Multi-Power® air cylinders feature a novel design in which multiple pistons are attached to a single rod that has integral air slots. The multiple pistons create a larger collective surface area for the shop air pressure to act on, while pistons are pressurized simultaneously.

Food-Friendly Cylinders Are Ready To Go


If your application requires washdown-resistant pneumatic cylinders, and you need them fast, Fabco-Air can help. We offer an extensive lineup of standard pneumatic cylinders as well as tailor-made solutions for food and beverage equipment. These cylinders include food-friendly versions of our popular Pancake®, F-Series and NFPA cylinders.

Video: Compact Air Cylinders


Compact air cylinders all seem to look alike, and have similar features and dimensions. So how do you know which one to use for your project? When evaluating cylinders, it’s helpful to look at what’s inside. Watch our new video for a quick peek inside our Pancake® II cylinder.

Selecting a Pneumatic Linear Slide


Selecting a Pneumatic Linear Slide

The “S” Series is a compact slide with a single, short bearing block that is supported with composite bearing sleeves and driven by a standard roundbody cylinder. The pneumatic linear slide is a popular choice for automated industrial applications due to its reliability, ability to withstand extreme operating conditions and low maintenance design. The good […]

What to Look for When Selecting Your Compact Air Cylinder


What to Look for When Selecting Your Compact Air Cylinder

The compact air cylinder is a critical component for a wide range of short stroke applications—with many styles, sizes and mounting options to choose from. Because of their popularity, there are many seemingly similar products competing for your attention. And that can be a problem. When cylinders have similar features, including the same dimensions, how […]

Fabco-Air Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification


Fabco-Air is proud to announce that we are now ISO 9001:2015 certified, reflecting our commitment to high quality and continuous improvement now and for years to come. “Any company that has been through the certification process knows that achieving ISO 9001:2015 certification is demanding. Each individual in our operations must be wholly dedicated to the pursuit […]

Fabco-Air featured on “World’s Greatest”


 Fabco-Air, an industry pioneer manufacturing advanced pneumatic products, was recently given the opportunity by “World’s Greatest” to show some of what makes Fabco-Air a top performer in the pneumatics industry. “World’s Greatest!” is a thirty-minute TV show dedicated to highlighting a variety of the world’s greatest companies, products, places, and people. Each show is a […]

H-Series (Humphrey Interchange) Stainless Steel, Disposable Cylinder Line


H-Series (Humphrey Interchange) Stainless Steel, Disposable Cylinder Line

Fabco-Air, Inc. recently acquired the Humphrey Stainless Steel, Disposable Cylinder product line! This also includes the Volume Chamber product line as well as all relevant cylinder accessories. The H-Series is completely interchangeable to the previous version offered by Humphrey, and interchanges with a wide range of competitors. In an effort to make the transition as […]

Compact Air Cylinders Are Still A Big Deal


Compact Air Cylinders Are Still A Big Deal

More or Less – Compact Air Cylinders are a Big Deal! “Less is more” seems to be the trend in the pneumatic actuator market. Real estate on OEM equipment is at a premium today more than ever before! This just confirms that Alfred W. Schmidt (the founder of Fabco-Air, Inc.) was well ahead of the […]

Exceptional enhancements to the Fabco-Air, Inc. On-Line Product Configurator


Exceptional enhancements to the Fabco-Air, Inc. On-Line Product Configurator

Fabco-Air, Inc. is proud to unveil the most comprehensive, user-friendly, and dynamic product configurator in the industry. The improved Fabco-Air configurator generates ALL the following relevant deliverables from one location: Specific Product Part Number List Price Lead Time CAD File Applicable Seal and Repair Kit Part Number(s) and List Price(s) Relevant Accessories Mounting Hardware Accessories […]

New 3-Way, Rotary Turn, Lock-Out/Tag-Out Valves


New 3-Way, Rotary Turn, Lock-Out/Tag-Out Valves

Fabco-Air, Inc. is pleased to announce we have added another new product line! The 3-Way, Rotary Turn, Lock-Out/Tag-Out Valve Product line is a modular addition to the Fabco-Air FRL components. The connection can be made with NPT port or manifold interface items. These valves are available in the following 3 different inlet port sizes: 1/4 […]

New 3 Jaw Parallel Motion Pneumatic Gripper


New 3 Jaw Parallel Motion Pneumatic Gripper

Fabco-Air, Inc. is pleased to announce that we have added another new product! The FKHS Series is a 3 Jaw Parallel Motion Pneumatic Gripper. The compact design makes these grippers ideal for handling small parts in tight spaces! The ultra compact design is available in 6 different bore sizes: 25mm 32 mm 40 mm 50 […]

Pneumatics (Air) Affect Mechanical Motion


Pneumatics (Air) Affect Mechanical Motion

Pneumatic power is used in industry, where it is common to have factory units plumbed for compressed air although other compressed inert gases can be, and are used in smaller or self-contained systems. It also has applications in, among others, dentistry, construction, and mining industry, just to mention a few.

Air Cylinders vs. Electric Cylinders vs. Hydraulic Cylinders


Air Cylinders vs. Electric Cylinders vs. Hydraulic Cylinders

The use of Air vs. Electrical or Hydraulic cylinders/actuators is application specific, site specific, and a cost specific decision. Additional contributing factors when determining the cylinder/actuator median include issues such as safety, reliability, maintenance schedule, etc. Due to the fact that air cylinders can operate without electricity, there is no chance of spark generation. This […]

Don’t Undersize an Air Cylinder


Don’t Undersize an Air Cylinder

Air cylinders for the most part are simple devices. Furthermore, determining the theoretical force output for an actuator is relatively straightforward. Sizing an air cylinder for a specific application can be challenging. Specifying an undersized cylinder is one of the most common mistakes made when working with air cylinders.

Air Cylinder Foot Mounts


Air Cylinder Foot Mounts

Compare to CENTERLINE and PIVOT mounts, the FOOT mounts isn’t as popular. The FOOT mount is less rigid when compared to the other types of mounts. The plane of the mounting surface is not through the centerline of the air cylinder. However, these mounts are often the perfect solution for unique applications.

Air Cylinder Pivot Mounts


Air Cylinder Pivot Mounts

Frequently an air cylinder must be able to rotate through a curved path or a PIVOT. The strongest pivot mount is a TRUNNION mount. It compensates for misalignment in one plane by using two robust pivot points. A CLEVIS has one pivot point and may be either fixed or removable and is typically attached to […]

Air Cylinder Centerline Mounts


Air Cylinder Centerline Mounts

The best support for a cylinder is along the centerline of the air cylinder. It is called CENTERLINE because the plane of mounting is the centerline of the cylinder. This is a rigid support that requires accurate alignment. Centerline mounts may utilize a FLANGE or EXTENDED TIE RODS.

Air Cylinder Selection


Air Cylinder Selection

Here are some very important questions regarding the selection of the correct “type” of air cylinder for a specific application: What is the required force output? What is the required stroke length? What is the load? How will the cylinder be mounted? What media will be used? What is the temperature and substance exposure?

Air Cylinder Functions


Air Cylinder Functions

Air cylinder functions are literally endless. Here are a couple examples of some common air cylinder applications. Opening and closing the gate on a knife gate valve. Allowing motion and movement in the animatronics industry. Diverting goods on a conveyer system. Raising and lowering rides at an amusement park. Operating gates to rapidly unload a […]

The Perfect Air Cylinder


The Perfect Air Cylinder

Air cylinders are offered in a variety of shapes, sizes, and types as well as with a multitude of standard options. At first glance, the number of permutations can be a bit overwhelming. The good news is that each cylinder type and configuration has a place in today’s motion-centric automation environment. Air cylinders are selected […]

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