Machine Design

New Product: Low-friction pneumatic actuators

The MQ Series precision- machined cylinders minimize sliding friction.

Breakaway pressure is as low as 0.001 MPa (0.15 psi), making the units suited for force and tension-control applications. The MQQ versions are based on the company’s CQ2 compact cylinder. Products are available in 10, 16, 20, 25, 30, and 40-mm bore sizes. Operating pressure ranges from 0.005 to 0.5 MPa (0.75 to 75 psi), operating speed from 0.3 to 500 mm/sec, with standard strokes from 10 to 100 mm. MQM round-body cylinders are for applications that require extremely high-frequency operation. Operating speeds range to 3,000 mm/sec (120 ips). MQP miniature versions are available as well. All MQ Series actuators are designed for long life: 10,000 km or 100 million operating cycles.

SMC Corp. of America, 141 Myford Rd., Tustin, CA 92780, (714) 669-0941,

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