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
Pawling EP has over 70 years of experience designing and manufacturing unique actuating solutions. Start by selecting one our options below:
- Pneuma-Seal is our flagship line of inflatable actuators, clamps, and seals. Choose from over 70 profile designs (both extruded, non-reinforced and fabric reinforced) along with thousands of configuration and air connector options. If you need a completely custom actuator or a larger size (i.e. over 20 LF), then check out our Pneuma-Seal line of custom inflatable seals, clamps, and actuators. Want to speak with a team member now? Contact us today to get started.
- Q Inflatable Seals is our new line of build-your-own inflatable actuators, clamps, and seals. With the Q design process, specify the actuator you need, and then our program helps you select the appropriate configuration, material, profile, and air connector style. Once submitted, we will send you a quote for the actuator within 24 hours. It’s a great way to get a fully customized actuator designed for your needs. Learn more or start designing your own custom Q inflatable actuator right now.
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.