Pneumatic Clamps Find Wide Use

Air Use in Our Age of Automation

It’s no secret that technology has changed our world dramatically in just a few centuries. That includes air compression devices like pneumatic clamps and how we use them.

Pneumatic cylinders, the components that essentially manage compressed air play a big part in the linear drive unit world. They’re cost effective, simple to install, durable, and they’re readily available. You see them used in all sorts of production facilities for all kinds of applications. Compressed air is a widely used resource important in automation. The following are some of the industries that prefer using compressed air mechanics, as they don’t require the use of oil and therefore are much cleaner.

  • Chemical Plants
  • Electronics
  • Food and Drug — Packaging plants
  • Metal works
  • Paper Mills
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Refineries
  • Textiles

Pneumatic components can perform linear, swivel, and rotary motions. Some of their more specific applications include: 

  • Component stacking
  • Embossing
  • Sorting
  • Stamping
  • Transfer of materials
  • Inverting or turning parts

Air Powered Clamping Mechanisms and Their Importance

Air compression clamps are used in production facilities where lots of repetition is needed. When you require lots of parts produced in quick succession, you’ll want to use pneumatic clamps. Although there are a few downsides such as noise or the need for preparation, compressed air has proven to be more than formidable in comparison to other resources. Some advantages of using pneumatic clamps are:

  • Air, as fuel, is unlimited and everywhere.
  • Air can be moved quickly over large distances.
  • Durability is no issue as temperature is of little concern with compressed air or Lapeer Manufacturing’s AO-101 clamp.
  • Safety is the key and there is no risk of fire or explosion with pneumatics.

Air Operated Clamps are popular in the welding, woodworking, cutting and gluing, drilling, tapping, reaming, and assembly sectors. The speed a pneumatic clamp can add to a daunting task is blissful convenience.

As an example you might use a linear pneumatic clamp to solve an annoyance while using when table saw. Upon cutting the wood to the needed size, it can be used to keep the excess from falling to the floor.

AO-1203 pneumatic clamps

As stated previously, pneumatic clamps are quite popular and versatile. Lapeer Manufacturing has standard, heavy duty and precision products and accessories available to such industries as Aerospace and Automotive where heavy-duty clamps like the 1200 lbs. AO-1203 pneumatic hold-down horizontal mount clamp might be used.

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