This section is for frequently asked questions regarding Tolomatic's pneumatic motion control products. If you have a question not covered here, feel free to reach us at 1-800-328-2174 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Depending on size selection, strokes range from 14 feet (4.3 m) up to 24 feet.(7.3 m)
Yes, you can position Band Cylinders (BC2, BC3, BC4, MXP, LS), Magnetically Coupled Slides and Track Cable Cylinders upside down as long as the maximum load and or moment loads are not exceeded.
The BC3 series actuators have the greatest load capacity. For example, the BC320 can support 2008 pounds (912 kg) with the standard carrier and up to 4636 lbs (2105 kg) with a Dual 180 degree carrier. Refer to the Bending Moment chart in the product brochure.
All standard cataloged pneumatic and power transmission assemblies are built-to-order and shipped in 5 days or less (48-hour rush service is also available). All standard cataloged electric assemblies are built-to-order and shipped in 15 day or less (8-day delivery is available for an additional charge). Ready-to-ship Parts: Same day shipment on orders received before 12:00pm CST. Next day shipment for orders received after 12:00pm CST. Built-to-order parts: 24-hour service.
Yes. Our patented band retention system creates a tight metal to metal seal with the internal diameter of the cylinder bore. An outer Dust Band keeps dust and grit away from the sealing band. Keep in mind, however, that no Band Cylinder system can be completely sealed from environmental contamination. If the environment is suspected of being extremely harsh. Contact Tolomatic tech support, toll free at 1-800-328-2174 (U.S. and Canada) or 763-478-8000, for suggestions.
Approximately 150°F (65°C). Special seals can be obtained for some of our actuators for use in high temperature applications. Please contact us for more specifics.
Under normal operating conditions for BC2, BC3 and BC4 actuators you can expect 12 to 15 million linear feet (3.6 to 4,5 million linear meters) before you have to replace the seals.
Yes. The BC2 is totally field repairable. A "How To" video is available on our website.
Yes. We can produce cylinders with stainless steel components as well as plate the cylinders with corrosion resistant materials for use in wet environments. All of our cataloged band type cylinders are anodized for some protection from corrosion.
Yes, dimensionally it fits in the same envelope. The repair parts, however, are not Interchangeable.
While the bore sizes and lengths may be similar, the overall envelope differs from manufacturer to manufacturer so typically our cylinders are not “bolt in replacements.” Some mounting will likely need to change.
Magnetic interference in the environment can cause a switch to activate inconsistently. Over tightening of a reed switch's hardware can also damage the internals of the switch.
In high-cycling applications the friction between the piston and the carrier caused from the magnetic force naturally creates heat. So does seal friction.
Stop collars on PB2 products are not a standard option. However, we can make a special modification to the slide to add them. We urge you to contact your Technical Representative for design assistance.
We changed the gland seal from a multi-piece assembly to a one-piece assembly. Other than that the cylinders are interchangeable.
The longest stroke we have ever made, is 60 feet (8.3 m). We consider this our longest stroke. Keep in mind, anything with a stroke longer than 280 inches (71 cm) will need a tube coupler. The tube coupler adds to the price and lead time. Consult your local distributor for more information.
No. It is cost prohibitive. Your best option would be to plate the cylinder with a corrosion resistant material. We are also able to replace fasteners with stainless steel and plate many of the external components.
Yes, the nylon jacketed aircraft cables can be ordered in any length. Refer to your catalog Ordering section for instruction.
In most applications, precision ball bearings. However, in applications where impact loads occur, or where environmental contamination is likely, a composite bearing would be a better choice.
23.5 feet (7.2 m)