Pneumatic drives

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Piston rod cylinder

Piston rod cylinder

Cylinders with piston rods: as compact cylinders, short-stroke cylinders, flat cylinders, round cylinders, miniature cylinders, cartridge cylinders or stainless steel cylinders

Selected types in accordance with the ATEX directive are suitable for explosive atmospheres or are made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel and therefore particularly easy to clean.

Rodless cylinders

Rodless cylinders

Space-saving linear drives with or without guide: mechanically coupled cylinders with optimised mounting options for simple mounting and magnetically coupled cylinders for use as a pressure-tight and zero-leakage system.

Semi-rotary drives

Semi-rotary drives

Compact semi-rotary drives with minimum space requirements and adjustable swivel angle, also available as a twin piston rotary drive

Specified types are suitable for potentially explosive atmospheres in accordance with the ATEX directive.

Tandem, high-force and multi-position cylinders

Tandem, high-force and multi-position cylinders

More thrust than conventional cylinders by connecting in series 2, 3 or 4 cylinders with the same piston diameter and the same stroke.

By connecting 2 to 5 cylinders in series with the same piston diameter and different stroke lengths, up to 6 positions can be approached. .

Drives with guides

Drives with guides

Drives with slide, rod guides or precise piston rod guide.

Stopper cylinder and feed separator

Stopper cylinder and feed separator

Piston rod cylinder with reinforced piston rod and bearing to withstand large lateral forces.

For stopping or separating when transporting workpiece carriers or pallets – smooth, quiet and safe stopping.

Clamping cylinders

Clamping cylinders

Compact cylinders without piston rod with diaphragm and a much shorter stroke than bellows cylinders.

Clamping system with pneumatic drive.

Bellows and diaphragm drives

Bellows and diaphragm drives

Diaphragm drives without piston rod; the design consists of two metal plates with a ribbed rubber bellows or hose.

Rotary indexing tables

Rotary indexing tables

Units for rotary indexing work on assembly and packing machines, drilling stations and applications with rotating or moving workpieces.

Cylinder/valve combinations

Cylinder/valve combinations

Drives with integrated or attached directional control valve.

Shock absorbers

Shock absorbers

Stroke 1.7 ... 60 mm

Max. energy absorption per stroke 0.005 ... 384 J

Adjustable, self-adjusting cushioning, elastic cushioning rings

Components for cushioning kinetic energy.

Cylinder mounting parts and accessories

Cylinder mounting parts and accessories

Mounting components, attachments, piston rod attachments and guides for drives.

Gripper

Gripper

Whether for sturdy gripping in a machine tool or micro-gripping in electronics manufacturing, the range of grippers from Festo covers all kinds of applications.

Selection Guide

Pneumatic actuators

Piston rod cylindersThese are pneumatic drives for carrying out linear movements. The energy applied to the piston is transferred by a piston rod to the parts to be moved. Pushing forces of up to 50 KN at 6 bar are possible, depending on the piston diameter.
Rodless cylindersRodless linear drives are pneumatic drives in which the power is transferred via a lateral connection to the piston. The installation space required is considerably smaller than with a similar piston rod cylinder. The connection to the piston is either mechanically through a slot in the profile barrel or magnetically through closed profile barrel.
Semi-rotary drivesPneumatic semi-rotary drives from Festo enable rotary movements with a swivel angle of up to 270°. They are characterised just as much by their excellent precision as by their high performance and wide variety.
Multi-position drivesPneumatic multi-position drives are available with two different functional principles. According to the first principle, multi-position drives consist of two separate cylinders that are connected using a kit and have piston rods that extend in opposite directions. This means that, depending on the actuation and stroke pattern, this type of cylinder can assume up to four positions. According to the second principle, multi-position cylinders consist of two to five cylinders connected in series with different stroke lengths. With this cylinder type, only one piston rod is visible, which moves to different positions in one direction.
Drives with guidesPneumatic drives with guides are very sturdy, resilient, compact and precise. Drives with guide rods have an attached yoke plate, thus protecting it against rotation and making it sturdy and resilient. Slide drives are characterised by high precision and repetition accuracy.
Stopper cylindersPneumatic cylinders used to stop movements in machines or workpiece carriers on transport systems with or without cushioning. Stopper cylinders with cushioning can stop loads of up to approx. 800 kg on transport systems.
Clamping cylindersClamping cylinders hold or clamp workpieces either directly with a pneumatically operated clamping element or through kinematics. The clamping element is swivelled out of the working area when it is inactive. They can realise very high holding forces with low energy input thanks to kinematics.
Bellows and diaphragm actuatorsBellows and diaphragm actuators with their special characteristics are in a class of their own in the world of pneumatics. For example, they have no stick-slip effect. They can be used as drive or pneumatic spring elements in a wide range of applications.
Rotary indexing tablesPneumatic rotary indexing tables can be used to carry out continuous rotary movements. Rotary indexing tables are used, for example, in assembly applications. A variable direction of rotation and freely selectable indexing enable a wide variety of applications.
Cylinder/valve combinationsThese are units consisting of a pneumatic drive with an integrated or attached valve for actuation. These pre-assembled units are easy to install. The switching times are fast because the distance from the valve to the actuator is short.
Shock absorbersShock absorbers absorb the energy of a moving actuator. The movement of the drive piston is brought to a standstill by rubber elements and/or hydraulically. The relatively gentle stopping before the end position prevents a strong impact as well as spring-back; it also protects the drive and the machine parts from wear or irreparable damage.
GrippersA gripper is a pneumatic or electric drive which is used to hold, position and move a workpiece. A gripper forms the connection between the workpiece and the handling system.