In any type of equipment, including for trucks, farm implements, automatic systems, processing facilities, excavation equipment, cranes or just about any other type of system that is required to lift or push, hydraulic cylinders are used to both lift and push as well as lower and pull.
In the case of many types of equipment, a single acting cylinder is a good option. There are double acting cylinders, and they can be very effective as well, but the single acting design has several features that are worth considering for any OEM with a new product for the market.
High Output Force
The ability of a single acting cylinder to produce a high output to extend the rod quickly and smoothly under load makes it a good option for equipment. As the single action moves the rod out of the cylinder body to create the lift or push, the specific capacity needed can be developed based on the bore size of the cylinder, with the stroke length to match the lift or push requirements.
Compact Design Features
A welded single acting cylinder is very compact. These cylinders do not have the tie rods on the outside, but rather the end caps are welded directly on the cylinder body. This takes up less space in the equipment, which is a vital consideration in any application.
The single action also means only one hydraulic port and one hydraulic hose required from the pump, streamlining this aspect of the operation of the cylinder as well.
Durability and Maintenance Requirements
Both a single and double acting cylinder has specific maintenance requirements, although they are minimal. Checking the condition of the cylinder and the hydraulic lines before operation is always necessary. Additionally, the rod and the seals should be checked for any signs of damage or wear, and the hydraulic fluid should be kept clean and replaced when it begins to break down.
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