New ultra-thin slide cylinder from Festo

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 1 September 2000




(2000), "New ultra-thin slide cylinder from Festo", Assembly Automation, Vol. 20 No. 3.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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New ultra-thin slide cylinder from Festo

New ultra-thin slide cylinder from Festo

Keywords: Cylinders, Power drive units

Festo has introduced another key component in its miniature cylinder range. The new SLG Slide unit is an exceptionally flat compact rodless drive with a parallel-aligned precision guide designed to deliver big performance with small size (see Plate 5).

To permit mounting in narrow and confined spaces, the SLG offers direct mounting with the single profile allowing air connections at one or both ends. The smallest model is just 15mm thick with a maximum stroke length of between 100mm and 500mm. To further save space, the unit incorporates a shock absorber, integrated proximity switch and delivers infinite adjustment along the entire stroke length.

Plate 5The new SLG Slide Unit from Festo delivers big performance with very small size

The SLG unit is targeted at restricted space installations and applications requiring a small precision drive with guide, or flat multi-axis assemblies. It is ideal for small parts handling applications in the precision tool and electronics industries. Attachments, including other miniature drives, can be fixed to either side of the slide.

Through holes are positioned at regular intervals along the cylinder profile to facilitate easy direct mounting. Coarse and fine stop mechanisms operate along the full stroke length to provide flexible but precise end position adjustment and help to improve load characteristics. For maximum life, reliability and maintenance-free operation, all SLG models feature stainless steel roller bearings and rail.

The new range comprises three models offering piston diameters of 8mm, 12mm and 18mm linked to maximum stroke lengths of 500mm, 700mm and 900mm respectively. The smallest unit of each SLG model delivers a maximum stroke length of 100mm.

For further information, please contact: Iain Burgess, Festo Ltd, Automation House, Harvest Crescent, Ancells Business Park, Fleet, Hampshire GU13 8XP. Tel: +44 (0)1252 775000; Fax: +44 (0)1252 775001; E-mail:

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