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Bimba Actuators

We have been a Bimba Distributor for 25 years and are now recognized as one of their top 5 distributors in the country. Being an employee owned company; their “do whatever it takes attitude” is consistent with our “solve the customers’ problem” philosophy. Our Bimba inventory commitment facilitates same day availability for many of their most popular products.

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 standard off-the-shelf cylinder or a cutting-edge custom assembly, Bimba is uniquely positioned to help you take control of any motion control application. That means everything from simple, non-repairable products to the latest in precision mechatronics. If you’ve got an engineering challenge, Bimba has the solution. And, they’ve been doing it since 1957.

  • The Original Line, Stainless Steel body cylinders with bore sizes from 5/16” to 3”
  • The Flat Series, low profile actuators from 9/16” to 4” bore
  • Rotary actuators, rack and pinion style, torques to 500 in.-lbs
  • Linear thrusters and slides, bore sizes from 6mm to 3”
  • Rodless actuators, band type, from 5/16” to 2” bore
  • Electric cylinders, thrusters and rodless actuators

TRD Actuators

TRD combines twenty-seven years of precision machining and engineering with an unmatched selection of options and modifications to deliver the highest quality NFPA cylinders on the market. Most cylinders ship in 2-3 days. We have been a TRD distributor for over 25 years and have an excellent working knowledge of their products and capabilities.

Sheffer Actuators

The Sheffer Corporation has been making cylinders - and only cylinders - since 1952. And since that time, the Sheffer name has become synonymous with products of the highest quality, backed by strong engineering support and respected worldwide for lasting performance and their Gold Program guarantees.

They understand hydraulic cylinders and pneumatic cylinders and, more importantly, the people and industries that use them. With a goal of 100% customer satisfaction, They’re out in the field and on the factory floors, constantly researching and developing ways to make the industry's best cylinder for the end-user - the best cylinder for you. We have represented the Sheffer Corporation for many years and have the ability facilitate your needs into long lasting, quality cylinders.

  • Hydraulic Cylinders
  • Pneumatic Cylinders
  • Electronic Positioning Cylinders
  • Custom Cylinders
  • Bore sizes from 1.5” to 24” bore

Mead Actuators

Mead was established in 1939, is a manufacturer of pneumatic type actuators, stationary air impact hammers air presses. For over 65 years fluid power and industrial automation has evolved into their focus and core business. Mead has long been a leader in the development of award winning pneumatic actuators and production aids.

Nor-Cal Controls has been a Mead distributor long before Bimba Manufacturing purchased them several years ago. We often use their production aids in our automation projects.

  • Small bore tie rod cylinders
  • DM1 & DM2 NFPA interchangeable cylinders
  • HD1 NFPA Heavy-Duty
  • Large Bore HD NFPA Heavy-Duty
  • Round Body
  • SpaceSaver™ Compact
  • Single acting
  • Miniture
  • Air Press and air hammer
  • Air collet

Turn-Act Actuators

Manufacturing rotary vane actuators is the core business for Turn-Act. We have partnered with Turn-Act to educate our customers that many pivoting cylinder application could be done more efficiently with a rotary actuator. Their pneumatic expertise has led to designing many actuation devices.

SMAC Actuators

SMAC is a leading manufacturer of precision programmable electric actuators based on moving coil technology. Our voice coil actuators are unique in that force, position, and speed are totally programmable. SMAC electric actuators are designed to perform at exceptionally high speeds or very low speeds and with sub-micron accuracy and repeatability. Patented “Soft-Land” function gives extremely accurate sensing of product location or dimensions.

This makes SMAC electric actuators ideal for a wide range of high cycle positioning, measuring, inspection, and pick and place applications, particularly where 100% verification is required. Customers desiring to increase up-time, ease of set up, and adjustment can make dramatic improvements by using SMAC Moving Coil technology.


Firestone Actuators

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. These replacement markets are created by the advantages of a flexible walled pneumatic actuator that is durable, operates well in corrosive and abrasive industrial environments, easily accepts misalignment, and has a high ratio of stroke to collapsed height. Each of these features give Firestone Airstroke™ actuators the advantage over traditional cylinders.

  • Diameters up to 37.4”
  • Actuator forces up to 100,000 PSIG
  • Strokes up to 18”
  • Vibration isolation

Flairline Actuators

Flairline Fluid/Air Products is an established, innovative company providing a wide array of pneumatic and low-pressure hydraulic actuators for all industries. They strive to be the best customer source for technology, applications, and quality products. Flairline is a respected industry leader for standard products and custom products that provide cost effective solutions to meet our customer's needs.

  • Round Body cylinders, 1 1/8” to 4” bore
  • Stainless Steel cylinders, 1 1/8” to 18” bore
  • Digit-Air / small bore cylinders, ½”, ¾” and 1 1/8” bore
  • NFPA Tie-Rod cylinders, 1 ½” to 10” bore
  • Rod Lock cylinders
  • Air / Oil Tanks

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Tel: 1-800-233-2013
Tel: 408-435-0400
Fax: 408-435-0410

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