New Partnership Makes for Easier Access to ISO Pneumatic Rod Cylinders
Are you struggling with sourcing the specific rodded cylinder you need to keep your business running smoothly? W.C. Branham has formed a new international partnership to help you solve your problem.
Branham is now the exclusive distributor for Artec SRL in the US and Canada. Artec, based in Italy, is a leading producer of rodded cylinders - many of which are ISO certified. This means they are interchangeable with a number of existing cylinders because they meet strict international standards regarding size, materials, and durability.
“We know a lot of companies are struggling with supply chain issues right now and we’re excited to partner with Artec to help those of you who’ve had trouble getting the cylinder replacements you need,” says Troy Branham, President of W.C. Branham Inc. “We hear from customers that it’s taking them four weeks or more to get replacement cylinders. If that's the case for you, or if you need a cylinder in a hurry, give us a call to find out if an Artec crossover model can do the job.”
Artec has more than 40 years of experience designing and manufacturing pneumatic cylinders. This partnership means customers can access high-quality products and receive the service they’ve grown to expect from dealing with W.C. Branham.
"Artec is ISO 9001:2015 Certified by TÜV Italia for business processes and quality. This will make deciding on the right cylinder for customers easier. However, we can supply an evaluation sample to qualified OEMs when needed," says Troy.
The Artec product line is a mix of standard and stainless steel ISO rod cylinders, compact and short-stroke cylinders, and round body cylinders. Examples of some of the more popular cylinder series:
ISO/UNITOP Cylinder Options Series Types
ISO 15552 Cylinders - Series H [Stainless Steel Versions - Series Y]
These cylinders are available with bores from 32 mm to 125 mm. They come in single- or double-acting versions can be manufactured to withstand high temperatures, and have aluminum profiles with slots for magnetic sensors. Tandem execution is an option with these cylinders.
ISO 15552 Cylinders - Series U
These cylinders are available with bores of 160, 200, 250, and 320 mm. They can be manufactured to withstand high temperatures. There are tandem execution design options available (double-thrust, multi-poison, back-to-back).
ISO 21287 Compact Cylinders - Series P
These smaller cylinders are available with bores from 20 to 125 mm. They can be manufactured to withstand high temperatures. The aluminum profile has slots for magnetic sensors. These can be manufactured with tandem action as well (double-thrust, multi-poison, back-to-back).
ISO 21287 Stainless Steel Compact Cylinders - Series X
Available in stainless steel AISI 304 and AISI 316 stainless. Available bore sizes ranging from 20mm to 200mm.
ISO 6432 Micro Cylinders - Series O
This compact cylinder is available in bores of 8, 10, 12, 16, 20, 25mm in accordance with ISO 6432. Other bore sizes available 32, 40, 50, and 63mm not included in the standard. It is available with or without cushioning and can be manufactured to withstand high temperatures.
UNITOP Compact Cylinders - Series A
Available in bores ranging from 12mm to 100mm. Aluminum profile body with slots for magnetic sensors. Choose from double acting or single acting with spring extend or retract.
Guided Compact & Short Stroke Cylinders Series Types
Guided Compact Cylinders - Series E
Available bore sizes of 16, 20, 25, 32, 40, 50, 63mm. Models with or without cushioning. Extruded anodized aluminum body with C slots for magnetic sensors. Choice of bronze bushings or recirculating ball bearings.
Short Stroke Cylinders - Series R
Available in bores of 8, 12, 20, 32, 50, and 63mm. Compact body made of solid bar material. Non-magnetic, single acting, and double-acting actuators.
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Artec Expertise and W.C. Branham Service
“Everybody at Artec is very excited about the new partnership,” says Michela Boninsegni, Export Sales Manager at Artec. “We cannot wait to take our 40 years of expertise to the North American market with W.C. Branham, a customer-oriented and family-owned business, just like us.”
"Our long-term plan is to stock the widest range of Artec products for our customers to ensure timely deliveries,” says Troy. “The stainless steel models are excellent replacements for cylinders being used in food and beverage, wet areas, chemical, medical/pharma, and marine manufacturing applications. We are looking forward to entering these markets with the Artec offering. We also have the manufacturing capacity to handle modified product needs too.”
Artec’s cylinders will compliment W.C. Branham’s OVLPRO™ rodded, low profile, cylinders as well as these rodless cylinder product lines:
“We know it’s getting more and more challenging for manufacturers to compete in this globalized world and we want to offer solutions that save people time and money and keep them moving forward,” says Troy. “Adding Artec cylinder line to the more than 1,300 products we offer our customers already will further enable our team to provide the support that our customers need and deserve.”
See our full line of pneumatic actuators and contact us if you have any questions about whether our products can replace items you’re having trouble acquiring in a timely manner.