Rodless cylinders are used in pneumatic applications requiring a compact installation with a wide range of stroke possibilities. They most often used for automation applications requiring positioning, and can run full stroke to index tooling, or position objects in material handing. A rodless cylinder has a piston activated from either side with compressed air. The piston is mechanically or magnetically coupled to the guided table, and as the piston moves, so does the table.
The most common applications for rodless cylinders are packaging, cutting, material transfer, assembly and electronics manufacturing. They stroke length is nearly as long as their body length, where a standard piston rod cylinder extends entirely outside its retracted length. Some rodless cylinders use a reciprocating cable instead of a guided table, allowing unique results not possible with rods or guides.