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Pneumatic drives

Pneumatic drives

Drive components, such as cylinders, linear drives and axes, as well as their attachments and accessories.

Pneumatic drives are intended to convert pressure energy into motion energy; this process involves the transmission and transfer of forces.

Festo was the first manufacturer in Europe to create pneumatic cylinders; our first pneumatic range was created in 1956.

Servo-pneumatic positioning systems

Servo-pneumatic positioning systems

Systems for positioning, with drives, axis controllers and their accessories.

Servo-pneumatics is most useful in situations that require compact solutions, where moving loads are more than 10 kg and positioning accuracy must be within the range of tenths of a millimetre.

Electromechanical drives

Electromechanical drives

Linear drives, actuators and slides

Semi-rotary drives and rotary modules

Selection guide

Selection Guide

Pneumatic drivesIn a pneumatic cylinder, the compressed air is used to exert force on a cylinder piston in order move it in a specific direction. The movement of the piston is transferred to the parts to be moved by a piston rod or a frictional connection. A pneumatic cylinder is an actuator operated with compressed air usually up to a maximum of 12 bar in order to generate linear or rotary motion. A distinction should be made between single-acting and double-acting cylinders (work is performed only in one direction or in both directions). Typical application areas for pneumatic drives are clamping, lifting, countersinking, pushing, pulling, feeding, turning, gripping, clamping and holding, joining, stopping, stamping, embossing and many others. Pneumatic drives are characterised by high acceleration and deceleration. The achievable speeds are between 10 mm/s and 3 m/s. Pneumatic drives are sturdy and flexible thanks to the compressibility of the air.
Servo-pneumatic positioning systemsAt Festo, servo-pneumatics stands for controlled pneumatic positioning technology. Servo-pneumatics is always a system, which consists of a cylinder with displacement encoder, a proportional directional control valve and a position controller. With a servo-pneumatic system, a pneumatic cylinder can be moved to a preset target position in a position-controlled manner or generate a preset target force in a force-controlled manner. Servo-pneumatics is a "soft" positioning technology because air is a compressible drive medium. When the drive is in a controlled position, it can be pushed away by a correspondingly large external force. These systems are good value for money, especially for moving weights over 10 kg. As a global market leader in servo-pneumatic systems, Festo now presents the third generation of servo-pneumatic drive systems.