The Power of Hydraulic Cylinders

The various uses of hydraulic cylinders are found in almost all major industries where there is force required, including oil and gas, material handling, military and government, aircraft and airline, mining, and even waste and recycling. Having evolved from using water as material for hydraulic pumps and motors to producing fluid power that can provide up to 10 times the power of an electric motor, hydraulic cylinders have been the preferred option for industries that require rigorous pushing, pulling and lifting applications.

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Every business needs quality hydraulic cylinders that can perform in the field for many years. Some of the specifications that companies look for when considering hydraulic cylinders involve the bore and rod diameters, operating pressure, the stroke, and the actual type of cylinder, which could be classified in two main categories:

  • 1. Single Acting – can be found in internal and external combustion engines, as well as pumps and hydraulic rams
  • 2. Double Acting – Contrary to single acting in which the cylinders rely on an external force to return the fluid back to its original position, the hydraulic fluid in double acting cylinders can provide pressure in both directions and thus can work at any angle. They are usually found in steam engines and in hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders.

There have been major advancements demonstrating the power of hydraulic cylinders since Joseph Bramah first patented the first hydraulic press in 1795 in England. It is noteworthy to mention that the industrial revolution that happened sometime in the early to mid-1800s has given birth to hydraulic power, in which hydraulic cylinders rely on.

Here are some of the capabilities of hydraulic cylinder systems:

  • • Can generate extremely high forces because of their high operating pressures
  • • Great for end-to-end position uses
  • • For the more advanced systems, they can control position, velocity and force in a precise manner provided that additional components are present
  • • Can coordinate multiple axes
  • • Can retain their level of performance over time as long as regular maintenance is done
  • • Are adept at handling shock loads

The Gulf Coast Air & Hydraulics is capable of designing a hydraulic cylinder system that will fit your organization’s specifications and needs. And while you can anticipate the design and production process to be somewhat complicated, expect problems to be resolved safely and efficiently.