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Fabco-Air has an extensive and diverse selection of actuators to accommodate a host of pneumatic systems and equipment types. From the Original Pancake® that set the standard for quality compact cylinders to Pancake II, LONGSTROKE™, square, twin-bore and ISO-type styles, you’ll find the actuator you need with the quality you demand.

Quality is built into these actuators with materials such as anodized aluminum for the bodies, stainless steel for piston rods and a special non-magnetic composite so bushings stand up to harsh conditions. Many cylinders also come pre-lubricated with Magnalube-G® Teflon™-impregnated grease for a long operating life. Each actuator boasts a wide range of features and options plus a complete range of bore sizes and stroke lengths to meet your exact requirements.

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Original Pancake – Compact Air Cylinder

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Pancake cylinders offer novel features and durable construction to ensure greater reliability. Cylinder body and the bores are machined from high-quality solid bar stock at the same time for good bore concentricity, perpendicularity, high strength and rigidity, and the rod-bushing’s non-metallic high performance composite gives it exceptional load-bearing capability. The composite even polishes the 303 stainless steel shaft for a better shaft life. The hard chrome-plated stainless piston rod extends the lifetime of the cylinder.

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Square Pancake® II – Interchangeable Compact Air Cylinders

Fabco-SQUARE PANCAKE II CYLINDER
Square Pancake® II air cylinders meet the same standards of compact air cylinder quality as the Original Pancake and the Pancake II families. These direct interchange air cylinders in square form provide effective output motion with short strokes in a compact design.

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F Series – Round Body Air Cylinders

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When it comes to light-duty, space constrained applications, F Series air cylinders will satisfy all your requirements. Available in 11 bore sizes from 5⁄16 through 3 inches and with stroke lengths to 32 inches, all models in this economical series of cylinders are directly interchangeable, bore for bore and stroke for stroke.

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NFPA and OEM-NFPA FCQN – NFPA-Standard Actuators

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NFPA-interchangeable cylinders combine durable construction and a host of features, and these versatile cylinders come in a variety of styles. Available with bore sizes from 1 ½ to 6 inches and standard strokes to 99 inches, cylinder types include all stainless steel, tandem, three-position and back-to-back models. The series’ cylinder tube is built with a high-strength aluminum alloy, and its 60 Rc inner diameter hard-anodized coating actually impregnates the base aluminum. The cylinders also come with oversized bearings, including a nonmetallic composite rod bearing that can handle high loads and also resist wear. A solid yet lightweight aluminum alloy piston includes a wide graphite-filled Teflon® wear band to support maximum loading, and the steel tie rods deliver effective holding power.

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Pancake® II – Direct Interchange Air Cylinder

Fabco-PANCAKE II CYLINDER
Designed for long life, Pancake II’s quality construction features include an impact-resistant interchangeable cylinder barrel made from high-strength composite and a self-lubricating cylinder wall. The smooth interior minimizes heat buildup, keeps friction low and prevents slip stick that can hamper metallic cylinders. The stainless steel piston rods are plated with hard chrome to enhance the lifetime of the cylinder, and the rod-bushing’s non-metallic high performance composite gives it exceptional load-bearing strength. It even polishes the 303 stainless steel shaft to extend shaft life.

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H Series Humphrey Interchange – Round Body Air Cylinders

Fabco-H SERIES HUMPHREY INTERCHANGE CYLINDER
H Series stainless steel air cylinders are built to withstand harsh environments that can hinder other cylinders. Durable construction features include a 304 stainless steel cylinder tube and a 303 stainless steel piston rod as standard. Maximum air flow, fast cylinder response and smooth rod movement are assured thanks to its full, unrestricted porting design. This disposable cylinder line is completely interchangeable to the previous Humphrey version as well as many competitive devices.

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Global Series™ And GT Series – Metric Interchange Cylinders

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The Global Series™ is Fabco-Air’s extruded-body international counterpart to the Original Pancake® air cylinder. This metric, interchangeable air cylinder line, like the Pancake, is designed to deliver short-strokes and fit into tight spaces. Pressure rated to 150 psi for both pneumatic and hydraulic service, the Global Series comes with bore sizes ranging from 12 to 100 millimeters, and stroke lengths are from 5 to 150 millimeters.

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FAQ2R Series – Iso 6431 Actuators

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ISO cylinders give you the freedom to use internationally compatible mountings and accessories. A new extruded body better houses flush-mounted sensors while also giving it a clean shape. The single- and double-rod units are built tough with a hard-anodized aluminum cylinder inner and outer diameter plus painted end caps. Each unit comes with an aluminum alloy magnetic piston, adjustable air cushions at both ends and a machined male rod thread with jam nut.

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FAE Series – Iso 6432 Actuators

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FAE Series single and double rod cylinders are built to ISO 6432 dimensions. The family is available with bore diameters of 12 to 40 millimeters, and maximum strokes are as high as 1,000 millimeters for single rod and 500 millimeters for double rod units. Designed for long life, cylinders with bore diameters up to 25 millimeters are made from corrosion-resistant stainless steel, and larger-bore units offer anodized aluminum construction. Each cylinder comes standard with an aluminum alloy magnetic piston, mounting nut and machined male rod thread with jam nut.

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Square 1 – Air Cylinders

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Square 1® air cylinders feature short strokes and a compact size to fit into any application. The square design of this double-acting, single-rod unit allows users to decrease the center-to-center spacing for applications that need multiple cylinders. Built for durability, the Square 1’s heavy walls are made from hard-anodized aluminum, both inside and outside the cylinder. Units with a one-inch stroke or larger come with a Teflon™ piston bearing and a longer bearing on the rod. Other construction features include hard chrome-plated stainless steel piston rods for long cylinder life, and a rod bushing lined with non-metallic high performance composite for high load-bearing strength.

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Longstroke Series – Tie Rod Cylinders

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LONGSTROKE™ is ideal when you want the compact mounting footprint of a Pancake Cylinder with much longer stroke length. Available in both round and square head designs, this compact, double-acting, tie-rod-type cylinder offers standard strokes up to 12 inches and comes in four bore sizes from 2 to 4 inches.

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SC, FML and FMH Series – Swing Clamp Cylinders

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SC, FML and FHL swing clamps offer pneumatic or hydraulic operation, depending on the series, and several action types. Durable SC Series double-acting swing clamps provide a standard magnetic piston for position sensing plus workpiece protection features. The SC Series’ clamp arm has a built-in adjusting bolt, while the FML and FMH Series are available with either a single- or double-sided clamp arm.

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FDF and FDXS Series – Twin-Rod Cylinder

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When your application demands high force output in a low-profile unit, the FDF and FDXS Series double-acting cylinders are an excellent choice. The cylinders’ twin rods deliver two times the thrust while the non-rotating design and standard magnetic piston ensure precise positioning. The cylinder features a tough, anodized aluminum housing and stainless piston rod. Additional features include rubber bumper cushions and nitrile Buna-N piston rod and piston seal.

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FGYB and FGYR Series – Magnetically Coupled Rodless Actuators

Fabco-FGYB AND FGYR SERIES CYLINDERS
When the application calls for a pneumatic cylinder inside a space-constrained area, our FGYB and FGYR Series of rodless cylinders can be an ideal choice. These cylinders are designed so there’s no piston rod protruding from the unit. Instead the external slider is magnetically coupled to the piston, providing good output motion while saving space. The FGYB Series is designed for basic mounting, and Series FGYR allows through-hole and tapped mounting and magnetic position sensing. Both styles include a tapped hole pattern on two adjacent sides of the slider.

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FGM Series – Guided Motion Actuators

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FGM Series guided motion cylinders offer an extended power range and effective load carrying capability. These compact units feature a twin guide shaft design to ensure precise, non-rotating positioning. Customers can choose between the FGMM for ball bearings, and the FGML sintered bronze sleeve bearing. Both cylinders come in a variety of bore sizes, and the FGMM model offers two additional bore diameters to suit smaller-scale applications. Adjustable extended stroke versions are also available.

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FJU and FJUK Series – Multi-Mount Air Cylinders

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FJU multi-mount cylinders are designed to provide mounting flexibility and convenience. These small, lightweight units save space, while their rectangular design creates mounting surfaces on the rod end, cap end, sides and bottom. They also include four extruded slots for sensor mounting on the top or bottom of the cylinder. Each unit comes with a standard piston, or customers can select a magnetic sensor for position sensing. Available with bore diameters from 6 to 32 millimeters and strokes from 5 to 50 millimeters, these cylinders are interchangeable with popular competitor devices for additional convenience.

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ST And Global Series – Stopper Cylinders

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Available in bore sizes from 32 to 50 millimeters, the ST Series comes in a variety of styles to address different requirements: round rod, non-rotating rod, rollers that adjust direction according to application needs, and four lever types. The stoppers feature a magnetic piston as standard, Buna-N bumpers at both ends to ensure a gentle stop and rugged aluminum extrusion construction. Options include shock absorbers for safety stops and magnetic sensors that mount easily to the cylinder when input signals are required for controllers. The stoppers operate at 145 psi (maximum) compressed air over a wide operating temperature.

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Multi-Power – Multi-Piston High Force Actuators

Fabco-Multi-Power – Multi-Piston High Force Actuators
Multi-Power® actuators are an ideal choice when you need tremendous thrust from a modest amount of shop air. Designed with multiple pistons connected to a single rod, they provide greater force output while taking up less space than conventional cylinders with larger bores. Not only do they provide impressive thrust in a compact size, they use a mere 100 psi of shop air and do not require a high-pressure hydraulic system. And Multi-Power actuators require only one piston for the return stroke, economizing air volume.

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Multi-Power Air Presses – Multi-Piston High Force Actuators

Fabco-Multi-Power Air Presses – Multi-Piston High Force Actuators
These air presses combine the Multi-Power force-multiplying principle with a precision framework to deliver extraordinary thrust forces, power factor and accuracy for both production and laboratory uses. Each unit comes with a Multi-Power cylinder that uses multiple pistons attached to a single shaft. This creates a larger collective surface area for air pressure to act on as the pistons are energized simultaneously via special internal air passages, multiplying the extend thrust. The cylinder and framework result in bench presses that can achieve power factors from 19.6 to 93 times line pressure and deliver tool-saving, low-impact forces from 2,900 pounds to over 5 tons.

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Series BA and Series BP – Multi-Power® Boosters

Fabco-Series BA and Series BP – Multi-Power Boosters
When your air-powered machine requires the rigidity and smooth control of hydraulics, Multi-Power Boosters are an optimal choice. These convenient, compact and low-cost units use shop air to raise the pressure of another gas or liquid in a variety of applications. When relatively small volumes of high-pressure fluid are needed intermittently, boosters excel versus continuously running hydraulic systems. They’re also ideal when high pressure must be maintained for prolonged times. After the booster strokes, there is no further energy input required and no heat buildup.

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Hi-Power – Tie Rod Cylinders

Fabco-Hi-Power – Tie Rod Cylinders
When your design demands the most efficient use of space, Hi-Power cylinders are an ideal choice. Featuring tie rod construction, these double-acting, single rod cylinders are designed to provide the longest possible stroke versus their overall length. They also come in several mounting styles.

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Series HHD – Hydraulic Heavy Duty Cylinders

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Series HHD hydraulic actuators are suitable for applications requiring extra output power and durability to stand up to harsh conditions. They provide up to 3,000 psi of continuous force, making them ideal in high-pressure systems. And they’re also built to last. The cylinder barrel’s heavy wall is honed to an 8 to 16 µ finish to ensure piston bearing life, while the extra long rod cartridge is made of high-strength bronze to deliver exceptional bearing support and wear resistance. The cast iron pistons are designed to provide maximum strength and protection against shock loads, and the piston rods offer 100,000 psi yield strength in the ⅝ through 4 ½ inch diameters and up to 75,000 psi for larger-diameter models. The steel tie rods feature 100,000 to 125,000 psi yield strength.

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Air-Oil Systems – High-Force Actuators

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When your system requires hydraulic-type motion control, Air-Oil Tanks provide high precision, smooth speed and excellent rigidity when used with off-the shelf air valves and shop air. Air-Oil Tanks don’t require motors, pumps, relief valves and other components, so they’re cost effective and save space. Fabco-Air offers two types of Air-Oil Tanks: Single-tank units for when hydraulic control of the cylinder is required in one direction, and double-tank units when bi-directional cylinder control is needed. Single-tank units can also be used as storage tanks in booster systems or for hydraulic shock control. Double-tank units are particularly space-efficient thanks to the one-piece head that holds both tanks in place and also simplifies mounting.

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300 Series – Pneumatic Crimping Tools

Fabco-300 Series – Pneumatic Crimping Tools
Fabco-Air 300 Series pneumatic power tools automate the crimp installation process. Available as handheld or bench-mounted units, these pneumatic power tools allow users to crimp quickly and create uniformly repeatable, reliable connections, time after time with less fatigue. The result: quality assembly and increased productivity.

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