If you work in an industry that handles heavy loads, including manufacturing, construction, agriculture, and even medicine, then it’s highly likely that you make extensive use of hydraulic systems in your daily operations. These systems use a hydraulic cylinder to create mechanical force in a linear motion when you need to lift, push, or press something.
Hydraulic cylinders are versatile, affordable, and available in a range of configurations to meet specific industry needs. Although there are many distinct varieties of hydraulic cylinders, all operate on the same basic principle: A piston drives a rod through pressurized fluid to generate unidirectional force. This force may be transmitted in one of the following ways:
1. Single acting hydraulic cylinder
These cylinders feature a single port at one end of the cylinder, through which the hydraulic fluid is pumped to displace the rod and cause it to extend in one direction only. The rod returns to its original position because of the weight of the load or due to a spring.
2. Double acting hydraulic cylinder
These cylinders have ports on both ends of the cylinder, such that the hydraulic fluid can be pumped in either direction to retract the rod (when oil is pumped into the head port) and extend the rod (when oil flow is reversed).
What are the types of hydraulic cylinders?
Hydraulic cylinders come in several main categories, with the most popular being tie-rod, welded, and telescopic cylinders. Other specialty products are also available depending on the application.
1. Tie Rod Hydraulic Cylinder
Tie-rod cylinders are some of the most versatile and affordable, containing two end caps joined to the cylinder with threaded steel rods. This construction method makes maintenance and inspection simple as the cylinder can easily be disassembled. Maverick carries a standard range of tie rod cylinders along with custom options, which allow you to specify custom parameters for size and configuration. Download Catalogue AGU series
2. Welded Hydraulic Cylinders
Welded cylinders are popular for their compact design and are often used in mobile applications or in applications with significant space constraints. Unlike tie-rod cylinders, welded cylinders have the end caps welded directly onto the barrel, resulting in a durable, uncomplicated and economical design. The trade-off is that these cylinders are more difficult to disassemble for maintenance.
Maverick offers several ends on our standard range of welded cylinders: pin-eye, Clevis, threaded and through-hole are some. We consider welded cylinders to be one of our primary areas of expertise, and as such, we offer all necessary accessories and repair services.
SS cylinders are an excellent choice for food and beverage applications. Stainless steel is known to resist corrosion from water or cleaning chemicals, so stainless steel cylinders won’t degrade when subjected to repeated sanitation processes. Standard cylinders are made of mild steel that wears prematurely under food and beverage conditions, so the investment in stainless steel options is worthwhile. The sewage-treatment and marine industries are other examples where industry-specific conditions merit the use of durable stainless steel. Maverick manufactures customs stainless steel cylinders to exact specifications for clients in these and other related industries.
What are some of the common Hydraulic Cylinder Applications?
Hydraulic cylinders can be found in almost any industry that handles heavy loads, including manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and even medicine. Specific applications include the following:
Hydraulic cylinders offer a reliable and efficient force-generation mechanism for these and similar applications.
Some industries have specific constraints that influence the choice of a hydraulic cylinder. Food and beverage applications, for instance, must frequently sanitize all equipment, including the lifting and packing machines that might be powered by hydraulic cylinders. For these clients, we offer specialized stainless steel options that can withstand frequent sanitation.
Hydraulic cylinder supply and repair services
We manufacture a wide range of industrial hydraulic cylinders with full warranty to satisfy your unique application requirements, and provide reliable repair services with thorough testing to minimize downtime and maximize the longevity of your products.