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U-turn with a halfway option

U-turn with a halfway option FS Engineering says it has another unique Gimatic product which will offer an alternative to rotary actuators. Moving away from conventional rack and pinion drives, a single piston and 'pin-made' pinion actuator has been designed and patented. The end result is a compact, yet robust and powerful, precision oscillating swivel unit with an optional mid position stop. Designated series RT, its main advantages are better shock resistance and a minimum of moving parts, ensuring improved reliability, durability and longer service life, compactness for installation into small spaces, lower manufacturing costs, and lower final product costs. The hard anodized black aluminium housing with its distinctive red end plates accommodates a single pneumatic piston including a rack to rotate the table via its pinned shaft, meaning it is fitted with dowel pins rather than an ordinary geared pinion. The round 'teeth' match the pins' diameter and provide a smooth translation of energy from linear to rotary motion. A robust, well guided rack moves along the opposite direction and its stroke is freely adjustable from both end caps to obtain any angle of rotation within the maximum of 190deg.
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