Single acting cylinders are designed to transfer hydraulic force in a single direction by pushing or pulling. In order for a single acting cylinder to return to its initial position, there must be a force exerted from the opposing direction. Single acting cylinders can use gravity, weight, or some other force like a spring mechanism to return to their original position.
Single Acting Cylinder Basics
The single cylinder can be ideal for a number of mobile and industrial applications because it can be mounted in any position. The two types available are single acting ram cylinders and single acting piston cylinders. Generally speaking, a single acting cylinder is typically less expensive than a double acting cylinder. However, choosing which cylinder to use should be dictated by the load being moved.
Using Hydraulic Cylinders Properly
With these cylinders, the hydraulic fluid only performs from one side of the piston. The pump used to move hydraulic oil in and out of the cylinder is also a critical factor in how effective the cylinder operates. These cylinders are typically ideal for commercial and light industrial applications. Work that involves a number of strokes, construction movements, or heavy industrial applications typically requires double acting cylinders.
Double acting cylinders are used on the higher end of the capacity spectrum, and single acting cylinders are used on the lower end. A single acting cylinder is typically ideal for work involving simple movements that need to be completed on a low budget.
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