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Repairable Vs. Non-Repairable Cylinders. Which Should You Choose?

Posted by SMC Pneumatics USA- Orange Coast Pneumatics on 12/15/2014 to Repairable Cylinders
Repairable Vs. Non-Repairable Cylinders. Which Should You Choose?

Repairable Vs. Non-Repairable CylindersCylinders are not household names, but they are components that impact many people, without them even knowing it. No matter what type of cylinder, such as hydraulic to pneumatic to electric, they all have their own specific functionality. These functions range in different environments, including food processing, packaging, automated manufacturing and even pumpkin launching.


Yes, there are different ways to use cylinders, but what do you do if one malfunctions? Well, that depends on what type it is. Depending on the type, you might be able to

repairable cylinders or just drop in a new non-repairable cylinder.


Want to know more? Let’s take a look at each and which would work for you in your own manufacturing business.


Repairable Cylinders


Repairable cylinders offer manufacturing and other industries a cylinder that’s fixable and easy to take apart, without destroying the entire assembly. With removable end caps affixed by tie rods, it’s easy to rebuild or just replace the faulty parts within the cylinder.


While there are some that are custom-built, the tie rods that hold the end caps in place should be built to the NFPA or ISO-6431 standards. Even with these standards, not all repairable cylinders are drop in replacements for machinery with other manufacturer’s parts. This is where cap lengths and other factors could hamper the replacement and where you would need to ensure the parts match, based on the type of manufacturer.


There are different uses for these types of cylinders; for instance, stainless steel cylinders are used in environments with water spray, such as food processing plants. These pass FDA standards and with non-toxic additives, they also appear in facilities that process beverages and medical products.



Non-Repairable Cylinders


Unlike its repairable counterpart, non-repairable cylinders or also known as throwaway cylinders are built without reuse in mind. These types of cylinders typically have end caps made of aluminum or sometimes plastic and use stainless steel tubes for cylinder barrels. The end caps are also crimped to the tube and if someone tries to take the cylinder apart, it will destroy the housing.


With minimal machining involved for the end caps, these parts are easier and more cost effective to produce. However, once these parts experience damage and no longer work properly, they are thrown out and recycled in the metal bin.


With an easier one-time, lower cost to manufacture, non-repairable cylinders serve different roles as needed in their one-time use in manufacturing and other types of operations, such as:


  • Proximity switches

  • Foot mounts

  • Alignment couplers

  • And much more…


Which Do You Choose?


Which should you choose? Both non-repairable cylinders and repairable cylinders have their place, but if you had to pick one over the other, there are some factors to think about. Do you have a large budget or small budget? Do you have the resources, time and funds to repair broken cylinders or just drop in a new one?


Based on these questions, it really depends your specific situation and business.


Which type of cylinder do you use in your business? Which cylinder provides you the best return on your investment?


SMC Pneumatics USA, is powered by Orange Coast Pneumatics. Orange Coast Pneumatics (OcAire) is an official, national  provider of SMC Pneumatics USA products. SMC offers 11,300 general pneumatics products, with over 560,000 variations, engineered to meet applications in every sector of the market, including repairable and non-repairable cylinders. If you would like more information on our products and services, please visit us at our Website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

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