Inflatable actuators are used to push a secondary compression seal (or fixture) into place, thereby creating a uniform, reliable seal. In a typical application, the inflatable actuator pushes a seal made of a harder material (e.g. PTFE) which then seals against a rotating piece of equipment. During shutdown, the air is removed from the inflatable actuator, making change out of the entire system much easier. Much like inflatable seals and clamps, an inflatable actuator will account for sealing gap variation which often occurs on larger equipment. Inflatable actuators have also been used to push trays holding medical tools against a mating compression seal during delicate cleaning operations. This ensures a quick and effective seal every time.
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Custom and Standard Actuators for any Application
Let our 70+ years of experience in the design and manufacture of unique actuating solutions work for your application. Start by selecting one our inflatable clamp options below:
- Pneuma-Seal is our flagship line of inflatable seals, clamps, and actuators. We offer over 70 profile designs (both extruded, non-reinforced and fabric reinforced) along with thousands of configuration and air connector options. If you need something completely custom or large (i.e. over 20 LF), then check out our Pneuma-Seal line of custom inflatable seals, clamps, and actuators. Want to speak with someone now? Contact us today to get started.
- Q Inflatable Seals is our new line of build your own inflatable seals, clamps, and actuators. The Q design process allows you to quickly specify the clamp you need, helping you select the appropriate configuration, material, profile (along with dimensional details), and air connector style. Once submitted, we will send off a quote within 24 hours. It’s a great way to quickly get a fully customized actuator built to your specifications. Learn more or start designing your own custom Q inflatable seal right now.
- Pneuma-Cel is our new and improved line of standard fabric reinforced EPDM inflatable bladder clamps and actuators. Readily available sizes include 6”, 8”, 9”, 12”, 18”, and 24” lengths. Custom sizes are also available from 4-108” long. An air connector is supplied out one end with a standard ¼” OD polyurethane hose fitting and 1/8-27 NPT connector. Additional connector options include a 6mm OD hose with M8 connector and a ¼” direct connect hose fitting. A new, low profile aluminum retainer kit is also available. Learn more about our Pneuma-Cel product offering today.
For more information regarding proper clamp designs, please review our “Designing with Inflatable Seals” guide or browse our Technical Information section for further details. Want to speak with an expert? Contact us today to get started.