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Bimba Manufacturing provides industry-leading pneumatic, hydraulic and electric solutions, including a variety of stainless steel body air cylinders that are easy-to-use, reliable and ready for your engineering challenges.
Whether it's a modification to an existing product, a custom design for your application or specific industry need; Bimba is ready to help you get the job done.
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Q: I ordered a 500 series Hydraulic Cylinder. Why does it look different from the one I had previously purchased?
A: As part of Bimba’s continuous improvement efforts we have enhanced the 500 series by removing the external tie band and o-ring from the design while still maintaining the strength of our end cap to body rolled construction. The o-ring has been moved internal to the cylinder and will continue to insure the leak free construction of the new design. If you have any further questions our Technical Support team can be reached at 1-800-44-BIMBA.
Q: Can I still get an Original Line® cylinder to have HT-99 oil lubrication?
A: Yes, this is possible. Simply call out “99” directly after the mounting style of your part number. For example, 501-DXP99B (2.5” bore, 1” stroke, double acting, universal mounting, HT-99 Oil lubrication, and bumpers).
Q: What is the difference between the red logo and the blue logo on the round line Original Line® cylinders?
A: Bimba introduced a new corporate logo that incorporates a blue logo. All round line Original Line® style cylinders with the blue logo have improved features, such as permanent grease lubricant in place of oil, that have allowed our cylinder design to achieve a cylinder life rating of 3000 miles.
Q: Where can I find repair instructions for Bimba products?
A: Bimba product instructions are found in the Library tab. It includes all repair, mounting and initital operating instructions for all Bimba brand products.
Q: When should I specify an electric actuator over a pneumatic actuator, or vice versa?
A: Typically this depends on the availability of compressed air vs. electricity, the forces, speeds required and how much control you need for your application. In general, electric actuators offer more precise control and have a higher initial cost but in the long run may offer a lower total cost of ownership. Pneumatics generally offer greater output force and faster speeds and less expensive initially. Read our whitepaper to learn more about using electric vs. pneumatic.
Q: What is the technical difference between internal (rubber) bumpers and internal (air) cushions?
A: The bumper option for a Bimba cylinder will help to dampen the noise of the piston hitting the end cap. It has little effect on reducing the kinetic energy and is mostly used to quiet an application. The cushion option does act to transfer the kinetic energy of a cylinder's impact by slowing the piston prior to it reaching the end of stroke.
Q: I would like to receive newsletters from Bimba. What do you offer and how can I subscribe to it?
A: We offer a newsletter called Actuation Pneus. You may sign up for the newsletter from our website, by going to our website, clicking on News & Events, then clicking Actuation Pneus, fill in the information requested and hit subscribe…you will then be on the electronic mailing list.
Q: Where can I validate my part number plus get a description, price and delivery?
A: The quick way to access this information is from our website, then click support, then price and delivery. Enter the part number and quantity needed. The system will respond with a price and delivery, there is a link that you may click that will provide you with a brief description of the part number.
Q: How often does a Bimba cylinder require maintenance?
A: All Bimba actuators are designed to last millions of cycles when applied under normal operating conditions. A number of products are factory lubed with proprietary grease formulations that allow the cylinders to be applied without the need for additional lubrication, this includes Bimba’s Original Line® Cylinders. Other products are lubricated with a light oil and should receive lubrication either continually through the use of an in line lubricator or approximately every 500 hours of operation for maximum life. Bimba’s Original Line® cylinders are non-repairable in design. However, a wide range of other products are offered that are repairable. Repair kits are offered for these repairable products to allow users to replace the common wear components. Please consult our product catalogs for information on the individual lubrications used on each product.
Q: What is the "breakaway" of my actuator?
A: Breakaway is the term used to describe the amount of pressure to overcome the normal friction of a cylinder. This can be different for different product lines. Click here to see our technical tips outlining breakaway for each Bimba product line.
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