A 30 percent height and length savings over competing units makes these new SMC cylinders the choice for designers looking to do a lot in a little space. The MY3 unguided design specializes in high-precision linear transfer in narrow areas, thanks to its low profile piston. Available in four bores from 16 to 63 mm, the MY3 can be ordered with a number of options, including floating joints, stroke adjusters, side supports and auto switches. Where the MY3 was designed to get the same performance as the company's MY1B rodless cylinder in a smaller, lighter assembly, the MY2 design offers more basic linear motion in a low cost, compact set-up. The MY2 comes in stroke lengths from 100 to 5,000 mm and with thrust forces between 40 and 1,005 N. The MY2 cylinders come with cushions and central plumbing, and never need oiling. Its drive cylinder may be removed without disturbing the load. Download literature on the company's latest rodless cylinders at http://rbi.ims.ca/4917-569.
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