Cable Cylinders: The Rebel
One design has always got to stretch beyond the bounds of its brother and sister designs. Well, perhaps this isn’t always true of industrial products, but it is true of a specific type of industrial product. Air cylinders were a revolutionary system when they first came out, turning air into energy with a very simple system. Both saving energy and helping the environment by utilizing a clean energy source, air cylinders are brilliant but basic and because of this have not changed drastically in recent years. However, there is one design that utilizes the pneumatic power in a very different way, and still calls itself an air cylinder; the cable cylinder.
This pneumatic mechanism is a rodless cylinder, attached to cable or wires instead of mechanical systems or engines or valves, to name a few of the usual pneumatic cylinder applications. When compressed air is forced into the rectangular, round, octagonal or oval body, it causes a piston to move the cable that is passing through the body as well to move back and forth on a lateral plane. On the other sides of the cylinder, the cable or wire is attached to pulleys at its beginning and ending points, and is able to move at a safe and controlled speed with objects attached to the cables.
Depending on the weight of the carriage attached to the cable to carry objects, rails or brackets may be installed to steady the load. Although this is not a complex system, the cable cylinder is different enough to be considered the rebel design of the air cylinder category. It is often utilized in tight spaces where movement is limited but must be enacted, like a very busy warehouse or a tight manufacturing facility. Regardless of the location, the cable cylinder is a necessary part of a system that requires its safe and precise control to get a moving job done.