SMC - Actuators

  • SMC actuators offer the most innovative designs in the industry. Specified in all major industrial markets, they are created to provide you with the largest array of choices. From Semi Conductors to Automotive, Packaging to Medical, Food to Heavy Vehicles SMC is the first choice of engineers around the world. Our standard features include a wide range of 16 inch and 18 metric bore sizes, multiple mounting configurations, and auto switch capability as a standard on most series we have designed and built actuators for high precision performance and exceptional reliability. Our global production facilities make product availability simple in all industrialized countries around the world. SMC actuators are available in a wide variety of styles, including linear, guided, rotary, gripper, specialty, and for use with pneumatic, hydraulic and electric application. Each series comes with a full compliment of standard options.  
  • Linear: Basic Air Cylinders

    Basic linear air cylinders are used to provide straight-line, in/out linear movement for a variety of applications. Basic air cylinders are available as single-acting and double-acting with single or double rod and non-rotating models.

    Body styles include crimped, round, or tie rod. Single-acting cylinders develop thrust in one direction and have lower air consumption compared with the equivalent size of double-acting cylinders. With a double-acting cylinder, air pressure may be alternately applied to provide force in both directions.

    Series: NCM, NCJ2, NCG, NCA1, CJ, CM2, CG1, MB, CSI, C85, and C95.

    Linear: Compact Air Cylinders
    A compact air cylinder functions in the same manner as a basic air cylinder with both single and double acting, single or double rod, and non-rotating models. However, SMC compact cylinders minimize space requirements by allowing for precise, direct mounting in the least amount of space possible.

    Series: (N)CQ2, NCQ7, CQS, CU, and CUJ

    Linear: Rodless Air Cylinders

    Rodless air cylinders differ from basic air cylinders in that no piston rod extends outside the cylinder body. Instead, the internal piston is connected to an external carriage, by means of a magnetic or mechanical coupling system.

    SMC rodless air cylinders are ideal for long stroke applications because they are unaffected by rod overhang, bending, piston binding, and uneven seal wear, and for use in confined areas where space is a premium.

    Series: CY, REA, MY1, MY2, MY3

    Guided Air Cylinders
    Guided cylinders utilize guide rods mounted parallel to the piston rod to provide stable, non-rotating, high side load performance. SMC offers dual rod, slide table, heavy duty and precision models. Like rodless cylinders, SMC guide rod cylinders reduce rod bending, piston bending and uneven seal wear. Low profile models are available for restrictive space limitations.

    Series: Dual Rod–CXS; Slide Table–MXU, MXQ, MXH, MXP, MXS, MXF, MXW; Heavy Duty–MGP, MGQ, MGG, MGC, MGF; Precision–MTS

    Rotary Actuators
    SMC manufactures two of the most common types of rotary actuators: Rack and Pinion and Vane style. In addition, we offer Combination models combining compact cylinders and rotational capability and rotary gripper combinations. When the application calls for rotational motion less than one revolution, rotary actuators can mount right at the equipment joint without taking up space with long stroke lengths, which would be required to do the same job with a linear cylinder. SMC's rotary actuators can achieve arc lengths of 90°, 180°, 190°, or even 270°, depending on the configuration.

    Series: Vane Type–MSUB, (N)CRB1 CRB1BW; Rack and Pinion–MSQ, (N)CRQ, (N)CRA1; Combination–MK2, MRQ, MHRQ

    SMC offers one of the most extensive lines of pneumatic grippers in the industry today. The series include rotary driven, two, three and four finger parallel styles that are ideal for gripping and centering; a wide opening parallel model, designed to accommodate many different sized parts; a heavy duty style, suitable for a wide range of applications; an angular model, speed adjustment built in; a toggle to give reliable gripping support; a low-contamination style, equipped with a protective boot; and electric models.


    Specialty and Engineered Actuators
    When your application requires that a task be performed that can not be completed with standard actuators, SMC can help you find the solution. SMC offers a variety of specialty actuators including Sine (smooth acceleration), Load Stopping, and Clamp to name a few. For example, the transportation of delicate items often requires greater control of cylinder speed, acceleration and deceleration than is afforded by traditional pneumatic cylinders. For this reason, SMC has developed a RE series of sine cylinders. These cylinders facilitate high-speed transportation of work but have very smooth actuation (similar to sine wave). For your demanding application look into SMC's specialty actuators for a standard solution, or contact our engineering department where we can customize an actuator for you.

    Series: REC, REA, RSQ, RSG, RSH, CKZN, CK, MK

    Hydraulic Cylinders
    SMC hydraulic cylinders offer a wide choice of operating pressures, tube bore sizes, and standardized strokes. Available in lightweight, compact aluminum body. Direct mounting style provides space savings.

    Series: CH2, CHN, CHF, CHK

    SMC also offers a large selection of accessory products, to further compliment our abundant line of cylinders and actuators. To attach actuators we offer rod clevises, mounting brackets and alignment couplers, feedback is provided by the largest selection of auto switches available from any cylinder manufacturer. To control speed we offer shock absorbers, quick exhausts and flow controls in a wide variety of sizes and configurations.

    Series: (N)RB, (N)J, (N)AS, (N)AQ