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The Right Pneumatic Component Partner Can Help You Keep Automotive Manufacturing on Schedule

When you manufacture products for a just-in-time industry like automotive, the windows for machine design and construction typically get smaller with each product. In addition, the machines and equipment you build must stand up to harsh conditions on the factory floor. That’s why when it comes to selecting pneumatic components, it’s important to partner with a supplier who not only can provide tough, durable products, they must also get them to you fast.

Fabco-Air offers durable, pneumatic cylinders, accessories and air preparation products that withstand the rigors of capital equipment used for automotive production. Whether they’re intended for clamping, lifting, positioning or pressing — or keeping your plant’s compressed air tools and systems in optimal shape — our wide and varied lineup of standard pneumatic components come in many sizes, ready for shipping. We can also modify off-the-shelf components and ship custom samples to you in just 72 hours. Here are some examples of Fabco products that are well suited for automotive applications:

  • Pneumatic Cylinders. Heavy-duty construction features include anodized aluminum bodies, stainless steel piston rods and a high-strength composite to give these actuators added durability. Many cylinders also come pre-lubed with Magnalube-G® Teflon™-impregnated grease for a long operating life. ISO models like the FAQ2R and FAE Series with 6431 and 6432 dimensional interchanges, respectively, as well as the Fabco NFPA give designers flexibility and confidence when designing and specifying these components.
  • Multi-Power® Cylinders. This cylinder family is designed with multiple piston heads connected to a single rod, resulting in tremendous thrust forces. Multi-Power cylinders use just a small amount of shop air and don’t need a high-pressure hydraulic system. They have a composite rod bearing for long life and a hard chrome-plated stainless steel piston rod to ensure reliable operation.
  • Air Preparation Products. We’ll help you keep critical parts and tools throughout your plant running at their best and over a long lifetime with a large selection of filters, regulators, lubricators and separators plus FRLs and other combination units.
  • Swing Clamps. Available with single-or double-sided clamp arms, swing clamps provide easy access for loading and unloading workpieces.
  • Rod Locks. These accessories feature high clamping forces and require minimal air for release.
  • Specials. If our standard parts don’t quite meet your application’s requirements, we can modify our cylinders and air products to your exact specifications. In fact, almost half our business comes from specially modified products.

Pneumatic Components When You Need Them

As automotive manufacturers ramp up facilities to meet increasingly stringent production deadlines, component availability and reliability are critical to preventing unacceptable delays. When you need high-quality pneumatic technology for your automotive equipment, durable, reliable and readily available standard and custom components make Fabco an invaluable partner to get you up and running fast and for a long time.

For more information about Fabco-Air pneumatic components for automotive applications, visit our industry page.

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Pneumatic Components Help Packaging Operations Meet Aggressive Production Targets

In the high-speed, high-volume packaging industry, automated systems and robots are used widely to maximize output and efficiency. If you’re building or upgrading packaging machines and systems to keep pace with aggressive production goals, the components you choose must provide precise, reliable, around-the-clock operation and satisfy your load and speed requirements.

Fabco-Air offers a wide range of robust, high-performance pneumatic slides, cylinders and grippers to help manufacturers of palletizers, conveyors and pick-and-place robots keep their high-speed machines running and ensure continuous uptime. They offer exceptional durability for harsh industrial environments, excellent repeatability and they can satisfy a wide range of size, speed and budget requirements. Highlights of the product lineup include:

  • Linear Slides. Whether you have a packaging machine that requires simple positioning or a multi-axis robotic system in an automated environment, you’ll find the right linear slide in our broad lineup. For example, the L Series offers a good load-handling capacity; the S Series is both economical and compact in size; and the SE Series has a compact size and exhibits no play.
  • Pneumatic Cylinders. Fabco-Air is well-known for compact cylinders with short stroke lengths that accommodate space-constrained automated systems. On top of that, Fabco has much more to offer including stainless-steel crimped cylinders, NFPA actuators and more. Many of our cylinders are available in double-acting versions, which are ideal for pushing and pulling tasks like feeding, lifting, lowering and sorting. They’re also built tough with several offering composite cylinder walls and rod bushings, stainless steel piston rods and internally lubricated captive rod and piston seals for long life. Food-grade and wash down cylinders are also available.
  • Parallel Grippers. When it comes to pick-and-place machines, part ejection equipment and end-of-arm tooling for robotic systems, parallel grippers are hard to beat. We offer a variety of jaw styles and size ranges to adapt to any application or load requirement.
  • Custom Products as Specials. If our standard parts don’t quite meet your application’s requirements, we can modify our slides and cylinders to deliver the higher forces, faster speeds and longer strokes you need. In fact, almost half our business comes from specially modified products. And, we can design, prototype and deliver custom samples within 72 hours, which is important for operations like packaging where downtime is not an option.

Maximize Equipment Uptime

Fast, efficient packaging operations depend on machines that run continuously and smoothly. Be sure to partner with a company that provides a wide range of strong, reliable and precise pneumatic components that can handle high loads and meet challenging production goals. Fabco-Air pneumatic components offer high performance, reliability, repeatability and customization options that allow your packaging equipment to maximize your equipment’s uptime and bolster your bottom line.

For more information about Fabco-Air pneumatic components for packaging equipment, visit our industry page.

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Powerful Cylinders for High-Force Applications

When it comes to shearing, punching or broaching applications, you’ll need a lot of force to do the job — especially if it involves metal workpieces. But obtaining that muscle adds a lot of headaches to what should be a simple setup. For example, high-pressure hydraulics can give you the force you need, but they can make a mess and add expensive equipment to your system. And, pneumatic cylinders come with the challenge of obtaining enough compressed air to do the job.

Thankfully, there’s a clean option that can deliver the high force you need while still economizing on space and air requirements. Fabco Multi-Power® cylinders provide tremendous thrust using a small amount of compressed air. In fact, just 100 psi of shop air can produce 22 pounds of force. No high-pressure hydraulics and no bulky, large-bore cylinders are needed.

The Multi-Power Principle

The Multi-Power cylinder design incorporates multiple pistons attached to a single rod that has integral air channels integrated through the shaft. Multiple pistons create a larger collective surface area for the shop air pressure to act on, while pistons are pressurized simultaneously. The result: extraordinary thrust forces at the cylinder rod. That means you get maximum power from the smallest footprint possible. Multi-Power cylinders use only one piston to retract, so you can achieve 22 to 37 percent air volume savings. And, mounting savings can range from 44 to 75 percent. Additional features and benefits of Multi-Power cylinders include:

  • A wide range of bore sizes
  • A composite rod bearing for long life
  • Chrome-plated stainless steel piston rods
  • Prelubrication with Magnalube-G® Teflon grease
  • Available in two, three and four stages with many mounting options (including NFPA).

If a standard product doesn’t suit your needs, we can tailor-make a cylinder with a Multi-Power design. You can also choose a Multi-Power version of these popular Fabco-Air actuators:

  • Pancake®
  • Pancake® II
  • Longstroke™
  • Square I®
  • Air presses

High Force Output With No Hassle

There are times when an application requires greater output forces than can be obtained from conventional cylinders even though space is at a premium. With Fabco Air’s Multi-Power line of cylinders, you can avoid the hassles and costs involved with conventional actuators and high-pressure hydraulic systems.

For more information about Fabco Air’s Multi-Power line of high-force actuators, visit the product page.