What is the difference between an Air Spring Airstroke™ cylinder and a traditional hydraulic or pneumatic cylinder?
A traditional hydraulic cylinder or pneumatic cylinder contains a piston sliding within a housing of circular cross section, connected to the work by a rod passing through one end of the device.
A Firestone Airstroke® actuator uses none of these components to contain and channel its column of fluid. The difference is the key to the air springs unique functionality, and the reason for its anonymity.
Airstroke® actuators are cylinders. They are different looking, and they do not work exactly like the well-known and accepted JIC (Joint Industry Conference) cylinder. Functionally, however, air springs perform the same type of actuation tasks.
Firestone Airstroke® actuators have long been used in the industrial market as pneumatic actuators incorporated into new and innovative machinery designs as well as replacement actuators for existing applications that had previously used traditional pneumatic or hydraulic cylinders.