Pneumatic Actuator with Tandem Piston

A special technical feature of the new actuator is a double piston in tandem arrangement used for a variant designed for high actuating forces. This means that two pistons are operated along one rod in separate pneumatic chambers.

The combination of a 500 mm diameter piston and a control pressure of 7 bar in a double-acting actuator design allows actuating forces of more than 250,000 N to be achieved. The pistons are fitted with a disc with single-lip profile joint each. According to KSB, this configuration ensures smooth, low-friction movement. The piston rod is sealed by a U-ring and a scraper ring.

A further feature is an internal air supply. As air is routed internally, external tubing between the solenoid valve and the cylinder chamber is not necessary. The solenoid valve is connected to the actuator via a Namur interface. The actuators are also available with spring assemblies which move the valves to the defined fail-safe position in the event of a compressed air failure. Compared with conventional actuators of this size, the spring assembly is fitted within and not outside the pneumatic chamber. The actuator’s overall height can thus be reduced.

Manual override and a mechanical travel stop for closed and open positions are optionally available. Suitable working media are dry, clean, non-combustible and non-aggressive gases. Upon request, it is available as a special variant suitable for use at ambient temperatures of down to -40 °C.

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