Smallest-ever Firestone Airomatic actuators expand their versatility for conveyors and materials handling

Sep 16, 2014 in News 2014, September 2014

Firestone’s tiny but robust Airomatic™ pneumatic actuatorsNew versions of Firestone’s tiny but robust Airomatic™ pneumatic actuators are available from Air Springs Supply that stand just 11mm (.45in) high deflated for ultra-compact installation in light load applications demanding high reliability, rapid cycling and metal-free hygiene.

The latest Firestone Airomatic™ Polyactuators feature both inlet and outlet feeds so they can be deployed in series in applications such as conveyors and materials handling, where Airomatics have been widely proven in uses extending from food and beverage to high-speed transfer of delicate manufactured products.

The new 50-P-10 Airomatic Polyactuators achieve a stroke of 10mm (.39in) at maximum pressure of 3.5 bar (50psi) and a diameter of 50mm inflated. They can exert forces of up to 38kg (.379 kN/85 pounds force) at just 3.5 bar (50psi) yet last for millions of cycles in demanding industrial environments, says Air Springs Supply Sales and Marketing Manager Mr James Maslin.

Originally designed for the conveyor industry, Airomatic applications include transfer sections and roller brakes, but can be used in almost any industrial actuation application requiring very small pressure and stroke. The three-barb fitting design allows for easy installation of standard industrial tubing.

The Firestone Airomatic Polyactuator range – the most compact pneumatic actuator range Air Springs Supply has ever introduced to Australia – is one of the latest and smallest members of a Firestone actuator and isolator family that includes Airstroke® actuators and Airmount® isolators in individual stroke capacities up to 40,000 kg and measuring up to a metre across.

The tiny Airomatic, with a footprint of just 57.91mm (2.28 in), is proportionately just as tough as its larger counterparts. Fabricated of moulded plastic elements welded together in a sealed unit, it is easily customizable to meet specific sizes and shapes for a wide variety of materials handling and processing applications.

“Firestone developed the Airomatic Polyactuators to satisfy the need for very small spaces and light forces,” said Mr Maslin. “These highly compact actuators have no pistons, rods or sliding seals, so friction, bending, scoring and wear are not a concern.

“Firestone engineered these actuators to be as robust and reliable as their larger air springs, which have been proven over decades in Australian industrial environments.  They will last for literally millions of cycles without product failure or performance degradation.”

Firestone Industrial Products (for which Air Springs is Australian national distributor) manufactures the world’s best-selling air spring range. Its Airstroke® actuators and Airmount® isolators are used in materials handling applications worldwide.