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SKF electric cylinders for industrial automation applications

May 2014 Motion Control & Drives

SKF’s CASM electric cylinder, a BeyondZero Portfolio product, reduces carbon emissions in a wide range of industrial applications. In a study with Indian Textiles, an SKF customer who replaced hydraulic lifts in a textile printing machine with two SKF CASM electric cylinders, a decline in energy use estimated to be 7 MWh per year was observed.

“In India, we replaced hydraulic lifts, but the potential emission reduction that can be achieved by replacing pneumatic systems with the CASM is immense when looking at the number of factories around the world,” says Markus Lieberherr, business development manager, SKF Industrial Automation.

The SKF CASM electric cylinder is an energy-efficient electromechanical solution for replacing conventional pneumatic cylinder systems.

Compressed air is typically a very inefficient way to transmit power and systems often require constant power in order to maintain air pressure, even when the actuators are not moving. SKF CASM electric cylinders only require energy during movement. This allows customers to realise an energy reduction of up to 90% when they replace pneumatic cylinders with electric cylinders. Additionally, electric cylinders are virtually maintenance-free, which significantly reduces maintenance costs.

For more information contact Samantha Joubert, SKF South Africa, +27 (0)11 821 3500,,


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