Small Electric Cylinders Like Mini-ROBO Lead to Large Savings

Efficient energy usage cuts running costs and benefits the environment

At the forefront of every industry’s business plan are cost-saving solutions, beginning with energy efficiency. Now is the time to think small – at least as far as actuators go. As the next generation of cutting-edge technology emerges, John Henry Foster is partnering with Intelligent Actuator America, Inc. (IAI) to introduce the Mini-ROBO Cylinder®, a new motion control system that provides unique linear and robotic components.


  • Improves overall energy efficiency
  • Xcel Energy Rebates
  • Reduces overall production costs
  • Effective energy efficiency is as high as 80% – 90%
  • Lower “down time”
  • Versatility allows one actuator to perform multiple functions
  • Green automation benefits the environment

Features of the Mini-Robo Cylinder

  • Lower maintenance time
  • Reduces costly air leakage
  • Smaller and space-saving
  • Easy-to-make adjustments
  • Flexible
  • Greater control
  • Longer life

The Mini-ROBO Cylinder is designed with a smaller footprint. Similar to an air cylinder and easy to use, the small format makes the transition to electric seamless. The 24 VDC electric actuator’s controller package mimics the valve setup of an air cylinder. The difference – and advantage – of using small electric cylinders is that force and speed can be accurately adjusted. Those features, along with position feedback, make these products attractive to the user that’s looking for increased controllability in any application.

Types of Mini-Robo Cylinders John Henry Foster offers various types of Mini-ROBO Cylinders, including slider, rod, table and linear servo.

Slider The slide design enables a user to push or carry a load within the footprint of the actuator, which can be critical when work space is at a premium. In addition, because of its built-in support, the slider is capable of longer stroke lengths. Popular applications include part transfer and table indexing.

Rod The rod design is beneficial for higher push force. Typical applications include pushing a guided load, clamping and press fit.

Table The table design incorporates a guide to allow for greater overhang of a load and mounting versatility.

Linear Servo Linear servo style actuators have a low friction design that allows for greater accelerations (2Gs) and longer cycle life. Applications where short cycle times are desired are well suited for this style of actuator.

New 2 and 3 Point Controllers The new line of position controllers from IAI continues to incorporate the force and position control of previous lines but at a reduced implementation cost. These controllers are also sold with an IP53, dust-proof rating for installation on the work floor near the actuator, similar to the installation of an air valve

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