Rodless pneumatic cylinders are designed to provide power and motion while supporting a heavy load. Due to their compact design, they are used for space saving purposes and are most commonly utilised in linear automation systems in order to move position in a horizontal direction. They are exceptionally stress- resistant allowing for a range of possible rodless cylinder uses, including synchronised movements or position-detection using a direct encoder connection. In this article, we will discuss types of rodless cylinders and how they work.

Types of rodless cylinders

There are three main types of rodless cylinders – the piston-lug cylinder, the cable cylinder, and the flexible-wall cylinder. These are generally designed for use with pneumatics. Here at MGA Controls, we supply a range of rodless pneumatic cylinders, however, the IMI Norgren Lintra® Plus Series is one of our favourites.

what is a rodless cylinder

The Lintra® Plus Series are high-performance units that have been designed to deliver reliable and optimum performance in a wide range of process industry applications. They are available in sizes from 16mm – 80mm bore and with strokes of up to 8500mm. They have a lightweight design and are fitted with dust protection as standard. Some of the key features are:

• Higher load capacity due to improved piston design
• Lower static and dynamic friction levels
• Universal mounting grooves on profile
• Single ended and alternative porting options
• Improved dust protection across the whole range
• Lightweight design
• Proved and patented sealing system
• Up to 10% higher loading values

To speak to a member of our technical team about types of rodless cylinders contact us today on 01704 898980 or email To request a free quote or view our general range of products, speak to our team.