Original PANCAKE<sup></sup> Cylinder

The Original PANCAKE® Cylinder was designed in 1958 by Alfred W. Schmidt, the founder of Fabco-Air, Inc. This particular type of pneumatic actuator was designed to satisfy the need for short stroke, low profile, compact air cylinders that would fit in very tight spaces.
Today, over 5 decades later, the Original Pancake® Air Cylinder from Fabco-Air, Inc., is still the leader in the compact air cylinder market. The Original Pancake® Air Cylinder Line is often imitated, but never matched regarding features, options, quality, strength, appearance, and longevity.

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  • Available in 8 bore sizes:  ½”, ¾”, 1-1/8”, 1-5/8”, 2”, 2-1/2”, 3”, and 4” 
  • Standard stroke lengths up to 4”.
  • The high quality, compact air cylinder bodies are machined from the highest quality aluminum bar-stock.
  • The cylinder bodies are clear anodized for superior appearance and corrosion resistance.
  • Hard chrome plated stainless steel piston rod adds longevity to the cylinder.
  • A non-metallic, Duralon® rod bushing is a standard feature that strengthens one of the primary load bearing points on an air cylinder: the rod bushing.
  • Cylinders are pre-lubed with Magnalube-G® grease.
  • Pressure rated to 250 PSIG pneumatic and 500 PSIG hydraulic service.
  • Magnetic piston option available for cylinder position sensing.
  • Multitude of standard options available.

Even though the Fabco-Air, Inc., Original Pancake® Air Cylinder Line is loaded with a multitude of standard options and features, sometimes the job at hand simply falls outside the standard air cylinder product offering. If you require a tailored or custom air cylinder, please note that Fabco-Air, Inc., is ready, willing, and able to design a specific product to meet and exceed your unique application requirements.

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