Polygon Composites Technology has developed a new composite tubing for pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders. According to the company, its PolySlide tubing can replace metallic material in a variety of cylinder applications. The tubing, which is made of continuous filament-wound glass fiber and polymer resins, can be supplied as a cylinder tube ready for customer assembly, or as engineered cylinder assemblies for equipment manufacturer applications, Polygon says. The glass fiber filament and resin materials can combine to form a high strength component with improved dimensional stability, and is reportedly non-corroding, impingement resistant and non-conductive. The cylinder tubing is suitable for in high and low temperatures, grease, grit, salt, chemicals and other extreme conditions.
PolySlide says that the cylinder tubing sizes range from 0.25-inch inner diameter (ID) up to industrial-sized 24-inch IDs, and the features of the tubing allow the seal to slide over the bore surface contour, minimizing interlocking friction. The inside diameter of the tubing has a smooth finish, while contact with the non-metallic rod guide bearing prevents galling and provides for a low coefficient of friction. A translucent version of the composite cylinder tubing is also available.
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