The Single Acting Cylinder: Applications and Advantages

Posted by Timothy Harvard on September, 2018

For driving many mobile operations, companies rely on hydraulic cylinders. Whether it is a massive earthmover or a punching machine, they provide the force to start and finish the job. Ranging in bore size, from a minuscule several inches to an impressive number of feet, cylinders are popular among many industrial concerns and construction companies. While some use double acting, many prefer to rely on a single acting cylinder to perform the necessary tasks.

Advantages of Single Acting Hydraulic Cylinders

For those who prefer single to double acting actuators, the reasons boil down to the advantages from preferring one to the other. In essence, the reasons provided for this partiality are

* Simplicity: This results in less maintenance

* Ruggedness

* Reliability

* Compact size

* Less air consumption (when compared to double action hydraulic cylinders)

* Can mount them in any position

* Non-reliance on electricity

* Fail-safe

* Resets automatically to a defined position

* Controlling this device is easier

More importantly for companies worried about the bottom line, a single acting cylinder tends to be less expensive than its counterparts are. This is not only the result of its size and low maintenance but also because it requires less piping and valves.


As one of the most popular styles of actuators, single action cylinders find their applications extend into various industrial concerns including building, industrial, maintenance, transportation, and production. They are ideal for performing such tasks as:

* Clamping

* Positioning

* Marking

* Stroking

* Punching

* Light assembly operations

* Operating flaps or doors

These are one-direction actions.

The Single Acting Cylinder

Before making a decision to purchase a single over double acting cylinders, talk with professionals in the industry. Consult a technical sales’ representative about what works best. He or she can then provide you with enough information to make an informed decision about buying and installing a single acting cylinder on the premises.