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Hydraulic Cylinder Technical Expertise

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   May 31, 2024 08:05

The hydraulic cylinders you utilize in your equipment demand technical excellence to ensure optimal performance!

RAM Industries has positioned itself as a leader in hydraulic cylinder manufacturing. Our commitment to quality through all our processes helps us consistently deliver hydraulic cylinders you can rely on.

RAM's success has been built on the extensive engineering expertise and manufacturing capabilities we offer to meet our industry clients' precise demands.

Engineering Expertise

RAM supplies cylinder products from pre-engineered cylinder drawings and provides complete design services. Designs may evolve from a basic list of technical specifications or a customer's conceptual idea.

Our technical sales and engineering teams establish a close technical rapport with your organization's experts. Together, we can determine the precise cylinder parameters important to your equipment, as well as the application and operating conditions.

Our engineering department uses 3D modelling to provide critical dimensions and simulated images of each cylinder design. Your team can integrate these files into equipment engineering files as a beneficial tool for final design verification. RAM also offers a cylinder prototyping program to support your R&D project through its testing phases and project approval.

Manufacturing Capabilities

RAM's design and manufacturing activities are housed in a modern factory using CAD and CAM design software and automated manufacturing capabilities. RAM incorporates technology advancements to support our growth initiatives.

From cutting through to our state-of-the-art paint line, RAM's highly specialized equipment and lean manufacturing principles help minimize the steps required for parts to flow through the manufacturing process. Quality is a focus throughout the entire process.

RAM's vast lineup of CNC equipment with multi-access machining allows precise machining of all parts. We can machine small to large bore cylinders in-house.

RAM hydraulically tests each of our cylinders before painting. Testing is completed to meet customer requirements of up to 10,000 PSI. The testing procedure ensures that the cylinders are leak-proof and all internal components perform to standard.

Technical Support

After delivery, RAM continues to provide installation and technical guidance when required. Troubleshooting, repair assistance and on-site visits are also provided as needed.

Engineering support is available for the final assembly and testing of cylinders fitted to new equipment. The engineering team can also provide troubleshooting for unique challenges that may arise when installing new cylinders.

Contact our team of hydraulic specialists today with your cylinder requirements!





York Welded Cylinders

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   May 31, 2024 08:00

YORK Welded Hydraulic Cylinders

RAM Industries' YORK welded hydraulic cylinders stand out due to their durable and robust construction, which works efficiently under pressure. These light to medium-duty cylinders provide an economical and interchangeable option for your cylinder needs.

This flexible line of North American made cylinders meets the requirements for many applications. With common dimensions, bore-shaft combinations, mounting configurations and port sizing, they are useful on equipment used in many different industries.

RAM's YORK cylinders are designed for performance with an industrial piston and piston stem. The internally threaded gland reduces the cross-section and is easily removed for maintenance. The YORK cylinders are high-quality welded cylinders utilizing a strong forged steel base. The welded design enhances the cylinder's strength and durability, making it suitable for heavier-duty machinery.

Standard designs, like RAM's YORK line of cylinders, use high-strength materials like high-tensile cold-drawn steel. This increased strength allows them to handle higher pressure ratings and withstand external forces. Superior seal packages can increase life expectancy and work well in extreme weather or with external contaminants.

When space is at a premium, a reduced cross-sectional area can fit better in many types of machinery. These welded cylinders are concentric and centrally aligned, making them resistant to internal stresses. RAM ensures accuracy in the fit between various components.

Selecting between a YORK standard clevis and cross tube hydraulic cylinders depends on your application's specific criteria. Key factors include load and force requirements, movement and flexibility, space constraints, and ease of installation, removal and maintenance.

Clevis YORK hydraulic cylinders allow for pivoting action, accommodating misalignment and angular motion during operation. The ability to pivot is essential in applications where the cylinder accommodates varying angles. Clevis cylinders are easy to install and replace.

Clevis-mounted hydraulic cylinders are commonly used on equipment requiring a high degree of flexibility in movement, such as construction equipment, agricultural implements and industrial machinery.

Cross tube YORK cylinders provide fixed and stable mounting. The more rigid and stable mounting on these cylinders is beneficial for applications that require precise control and minimal movement. They also tend to have a more compact design, making them suitable for applications with limited space.

Cross tube mounted hydraulic cylinders are used on many different equipment applications including material handling, industrial presses, and heavy machinery.

Standard YORK cylinders are designed to standard specifications but can be further customized to fit your exact requirements. They are a great starting point for your next cylinder design.

Contact RAM Industries today to learn how we can customize our YORK welded cylinders for your next project!


Smart Cylinders - Precision and Efficiency in Equipment Electrification

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   April 30, 2024 08:05

Smart Cylinders - Precision and Efficiency in Equipment Electrification

As many equipment manufacturers are moving towards electrification and automation, ensure your cylinders are equipped to maximize their potential.

Incorporating sensor technology with traditional hydraulic cylinders has a significant role in the technological advancements of equipment in many industrial and mobile applications.

These innovative hydraulic cylinders can enhance performance as electrical systems become more commonplace. Applications that utilize loading and unloading, transporting, lifting, and processing will benefit from these intelligent cylinders that utilize sensors like linear position sensors.

RAM has been at the forefront of integrating position-sensing technology into our customized hydraulic cylinders. For nearly twenty years, RAM Industries has been offering smart sensing cylinders, contributing to improved functionality in modern equipment.

Embedding sensors into RAM hydraulic cylinders helps provide real-time feedback on the position, velocity, and force exerted by the cylinder. This level of precision enables fine-tuned control over equipment movements, resulting in increased efficiency, safety, and reliability.

Real-time sensor feedback can help mitigate risks and ensure a secure working environment through advanced control and monitoring capabilities.

RAM's expertise in providing hydraulic cylinders uniquely designed to your specific requirements means we can incorporate sensor technology into almost any cylinder design. We can incorporate them into our pre-engineered cylinder drawings, custom-designed cylinders, or your own existing cylinder designs. RAM will ensure the cylinders we provide will work with the electrification advancements for your equipment.

Our experienced engineering team can recommend the best sensors for your application's optimal performance. They will help evaluate various considerations in the sensor selection specific to your requirements, including:

  • Sensor accuracy required
  • Size and weight of the sensor
  • Measurement range of the sensor  
  • Operational temperatures of the equipment
  • Need to withstand environmental conditions

RAM provides external and internal sensor solutions depending on your application's demands. The bore size, stroke length and mounting options are configured to meet your overall design and performance requirements.

Trust RAM Smart Sensor Hydraulic Cylinders to give your equipment a leading edge!

Contact our team to discuss your project requirements today!



The Power of Collaboration - Cylinder Solutions

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   April 30, 2024 08:00

The Power of Collaboration for Cylinder Design and Manufacturing

Collaboration is a key component of successful business relationships. At RAM Industries, we believe that productive interactions and loyal partnerships are integral parts of successful vendor relationships.

Teamwork is important at RAM, internally and with our customers. Our team works closely with yours so we can deliver a unique service approach that meets your specific requirements.

RAM prefers a collaborative effort, starting with the earliest conversations, to ensure our team fully understands your equipment’s functionality and operating environment requirements. 

We rely on this cooperative process to ensure RAM cylinder recommendations and options have carefully considered all critical criteria for your business and purchasing decisions. 

We aim to bring value to your equipment by delivering on these pillars.

Customization and Adaptability

RAM’s strength is building hydraulic cylinders that are customized to your specific requirements to ensure optimal fit on your equipment designs. Our ability to start from an existing cylinder design or help you create a unique cylinder design for your application means we can deliver the exact cylinders you need for your equipment.

Our customized approach extends beyond our cylinder designs. Our team works closely with yours to provide flexible service options. Some options include blanket orders where appropriate, multiple ship points, various delivery options, barrel etching and more.

Technical Expertise and Support

Our team of skilled engineers can provide technical support during the design phase and troubleshooting assistance if issues arise during your production or operation. RAM’s full-service approach is a foundational part of our customer relationships.

Providing ongoing support after delivery, such as warranty, parts availability, and technical assistance, is another way we continue to support our customers.

Confidentiality and Respect

All RAM customer relationships are managed with the highest degree of confidentiality and respect for the information exchanged during business dealings. In addition, the RAM team is sensitive to the implications of vendor changes. We have the experience to assist you with choosing a cylinder transition strategy that ensures continuity for your internal processes and end users.

RAM’s dedication to helping organizations with cylinder solutions has resulted in many long-term customer relationships. Open communication is essential in understanding needs and building trust in RAM’s commitment and abilities. We give customers the confidence that they receive the best value and performance for their cylinder products. 

RAM is committed to implementing continuous improvement in our cylinder products and processes. We review new technologies, materials, or design improvements that enhance the performance and reliability of our hydraulic cylinders.

With over 50 years of experience providing cylinder solutions, our priority is bringing value to your equipment through our hydraulic cylinders.

Contact our team today to discuss how we can collaborate today.


Hydraulic Cylinder Solutions for Extreme Temperatures

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   January 19, 2024 08:00

Hydraulic Cylinder Solutions for Extreme Temperatures

Equipment operating in extreme temperatures poses numerous challenges, and the hydraulic cylinders within these machines are no exception.

Standard hydraulic cylinders may struggle to maintain optimal performance in harsh conditions, leading to increased wear and tear, reduced efficiency, and potential breakdowns.

Different industries have varying requirements for hydraulic systems, and off-the-shelf cylinders may not always meet these specific needs.

Many OEMs use RAM Industries’ custom hydraulic cylinders to overcome these challenges. Our cylinders can be explicitly designed for your equipment to withstand extreme temperatures.

RAM Industries has 50 years of expertise working with many different industries, improving existing cylinder designs to improve performance in these demanding conditions and new equipment designs.

RAM works closely with customers to address their unique needs and ensure their cylinders are precisely engineered to meet the demands of extreme temperatures. Customization ensures that the hydraulic cylinders are optimized for the specific challenges posed by the operating environment by carefully evaluating the design, size, and pressure requirements.

RAM hydraulic cylinders can use materials and coatings to withstand extreme temperature fluctuations. Whether it’s scorching heat or freezing cold, these cylinders are designed to resist the adverse effects of temperature extremes such as thermal expansion and contraction. This enhanced durability ensures a longer lifespan for the cylinders, reducing the frequency of replacements and downtime and ultimately leading to a better quality experience for your customers.

Engineering your cylinders to accommodate specific temperature ranges considers all impacts of the environment, including the hydraulic fluid viscosity. Seals play a crucial role in preventing fluid leaks and ensuring the proper functioning of hydraulic cylinders. In extreme temperatures, standard seals may become brittle or lose their elasticity, compromising the integrity of the hydraulic system. RAM’s engineering team will recommend seals that are specifically tailored to withstand extreme temperatures. This targeted approach minimizes the risk of leaks and enhances the reliability of the equipment, especially in challenging operating conditions.

RAM Industries understands your equipment and reputation demand for hydraulic cylinders that meet your unique needs. You can trust RAM to deliver the quality product and service you expect.

Contact RAM today to help the cylinders on your cylinders thrive in the face of challenging operating environments.



Smooth Hydraulic Cylinder Transitions

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   January 18, 2024 08:00

Smooth Cylinder Transitions

RAM has over 50 years of experience working with Original Equipment Manufacturers, helping them with seamless transitions when making cylinder changes.


RAM Industries recognizes the value of providing customized cylinder solutions that meet the distinct needs of each industry. Our extensive hydraulic cylinder designs and in-house engineering capabilities allow us to tailor hydraulic cylinder designs to meet your specific requirements. Whether it's a modification to existing cylinder designs, materials, or other performance characteristics, we work closely with customers to deliver cylinders that align perfectly with their applications.


Transitioning to RAM hydraulic cylinders provides a move toward optimal performance and durability. At RAM Industries, we prioritize quality throughout all manufacturing stages. Each of our cylinders undergoes hydraulic testing to meet and exceed industry standards, ensuring reliability in the most demanding applications.


RAM understands implementing RAM cylinders requires a collaborative effort with your team - purchasing, engineering, production, and customer service. We have the expertise to assist you with choosing a cylinder transition approach that ensures continuity for your internal processes and end users.


Our experts work closely with your company to understand your unique requirements, offering personalized support and guidance. From the initial consultation to the final implementation, our dedicated team facilitates a smooth transition, minimizing downtime and optimizing efficiency.


One of the main concerns during a supplier transition is the potential disruption to operations. RAM acknowledges this challenge and provides streamlined options to ensure seamless integration. Some of the strategies


Choose the strategy that works best for your business:


1. "Fit & Function" Interchangeability - New RAM cylinders will have the exact outside dimensions and mounts to fit and function seamlessly without any changes to your equipment.


2. "Soft" Interchangeability - ALL the benefits of "Fit & Function" interchangeability, PLUS a universal seal kit that includes all required seals for the new and legacy cylinders.


3. "Full" Interchangeability - A complete match of every part and component of the existing cylinders are incorporated into the new RAM cylinders.


After-sales support is another way RAM is committed to supporting our customers with cylinder transitions. Our experienced engineers and support staff are readily available for technical support. This commitment to ongoing support fosters a strong partnership and promotes a smooth transition experience.


Contact the RAM team of experts today for a smooth transition to RAM Hydraulic Cylinders!





Six Hydraulic Cylinder Features That Put Safety First

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   October 31, 2023 08:05

Six Cylinder Features That Put Safety First

When there is no room for error, you can trust RAM hydraulic cylinders to ensure safety on your hydraulic equipment.

RAM's hydraulic cylinders are crucial in countless industries, powering a wide range of OEM machinery and equipment. Ensuring the safety of these applications is of utmost importance. Our custom approach means we can integrate various safety features into your hydraulic cylinders.

Our experienced engineering team at RAM Industries can work with the experts on your team to determine the most appropriate features to incorporate into your hydraulic cylinder design. Many common safety features include:

1. Emergency Stop Mechanisms

Emergency stop mechanisms are essential safety features for hydraulic cylinders used in industries where rapid stops are critical. These mechanisms can quickly halt cylinder movement in emergency situations, preventing accidents and equipment damage.

2. Overload Protection

Custom hydraulic cylinders can be equipped with overload protection systems, which automatically disengage or limit the cylinder's operation when it encounters excessive force. This prevents equipment damage and protects operators from potential accidents for applications that deal with heavy loads.

3. Position Feedback Sensors

Position feedback sensors provide an extra layer of safety where precise positioning is crucial. These sensors continuously monitor the cylinder's position and alert the system if any deviations occur, enabling rapid corrections and reducing the risk of accidents.

4. Locking Mechanisms

Both mechanical and hydraulic locking mechanisms can prevent unexpected movements. This can be vital when equipment stability is paramount, such as on tractors or oil rigs.

5. Fail-Safe Valves

Fail-safe valves are essential in applications where cylinder failure could result in catastrophic consequences. These fail-safe valves ensure hydraulic systems maintain functionality, even in a failure by isolating the failed component to prevent further damage.

6. Temperature and Pressure Sensors

Temperature and pressure sensors monitor hydraulic fluid's condition and pressure levels, helping to reduce overheating or system failures.

Incorporating other features, such as corrosion-resistant coatings or shock absorbers to dampen abrupt movements, can also extend the life of your cylinder and contribute to safe operations.

In a world where safety is paramount, custom hydraulic cylinders are an essential component in the pursuit of accident-free operations across various industries.

Contact RAM today to discuss incorporating the appropriate safety features specific to your requirements.


Stability Engineered For Your Equipment

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   October 31, 2023 08:00

Stabilizer Cylinders Engineered For Your Equipment

Making your equipment secure and level in any environment is critical when the center of gravity of the combined load and vehicle is outside the support base of the vehicle.

RAM mechanical locking stabilizer cylinders replace manual systems used to position equipment at a desired location and height. The quick deployment ensures they are easy to adjust after placement, while maintaining the critical balance and stability required. These unique cylinders provide infinite adjustments to the finished height over the full range of the stroke. Instead of a pin, a threaded engagement locks the stabilizer in place. Utilizing RAM mechanical or hydraulic locking stabilizer cylinders ensures that your equipment will perform safely and reliably.

RAM Stabilizer cylinders play a pivotal role in ensuring efficiency and precision by helping distribute a load's weight, increase the lifting capacity, ensure safety, and provide fast, reliable operation.

RAM's designs focus on two primary mechanical locking methods, split or locking nut designs. These positive locking features provide assurance there will be no creeping from the desired settings.

  • A split locking nut design features an external split ring mechanism easily removed and replaced to lock the Stabilizer in position once deployed.
  • A solid locking nut design is fixed to the equipment and is rotated to lock the Stabilizer in position.
  • Hydraulic locking can be incorporated with hydraulic valves such as PO (Pilot Operated) check, counterbalancing and thermal relief valves.

Standard designs feature cross-pin and ball ends.

  • Cross-pin ends provide quick and easy functionality with some ability to pivot.
  • Ball ends are a unique design that provides 360-degree stability with angular interaction with the ground to match any slope.
  • Custom jacking pads or feet ensure the cylinders will stabilize your equipment precisely as needed.

RAM can easily incorporate many mounting options from hole patterns and sizes to positions such as side, top, pass-through, and flange mounts. Custom mounting offers placement flexibility specific to your equipment design.

RAM Stabilizer cylinders are versatile levelling cylinders used in various applications in transportation, oil & gas, and aggregate industries, including mobile cranes, communication towers, service trucks, aerial trucks, drilling rigs, crushers, screen decks, and conveyors.

RAM’s success has been built on the extensive engineering expertise and manufacturing capabilities we offer OEM customers. Our team implements high standards to produce dependable, high-quality cylinders. RAM puts quality at the core of what we do to ensure your cylinders provide long-lasting performance.

Contact the RAM team to configure a stabilizing cylinder solution today!


Hydraulic Cylinder Finishing Solutions

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   September 29, 2023 08:05

Hydraulic Cylinder Finishing Solutions

The quality of our paint-finishing solutions supports the strength of RAM hydraulic cylinders.

RAM Industries is committed to providing the best quality paint application for our hydraulic cylinders with our state-of-the-art paint line. Our modern paint line offers a range of capabilities that enhance the quality and efficiency of our paint-finishing process.

We load our cylinders onto a single-loop paint line system that flows through the entire system to enhance the quality and efficiency of the paint-finishing process.

Our advanced paint lines incorporate automated pretreatment processes such as cleaning the cylinders with an environmentally friendly iron phosphate wash. These processes ensure a clean and properly prepared surface, promoting optimal paint adhesion.

Paint is applied using a distinct spray pattern, ensuring consistent coverage and uniform thickness. Curing the paint once applied is critical in achieving the desired finish. Precise temperature control and airflow management ensure the paint cures uniformly, enhancing its durability and protective properties.

RAM performs quality control and inspection, including adhesion tape tests on each run of cylinders and each colour that goes through the paint line. This testing guarantees that the finished hydraulic cylinders meet the highest quality standards before they leave the paint line.

At RAM, we know that proper paint finishing can significantly extend the operational life of a hydraulic cylinder, reducing maintenance costs and downtime for your customers. In addition, the paint serves as a protective barrier against environmental factors, such as corrosion, abrasion, and chemical exposure.

RAM primarily uses a two-part polyurethane coating process. Polyurethane coatings provide an ideal balance of durability and flexibility. They are suitable for hydraulic cylinders subjected to dynamic movements, as they can withstand bending and flexing without cracking or peeling. Polyurethane coatings also offer good UV resistance, retaining colour and protecting against outdoor conditions.

High-solid and primer epoxy coatings are available for additional adhesion and chemical resistance. Epoxy finishes are particularly suitable for hydraulic cylinders used in industrial and marine applications.

In addition to paint finishes, options such as zinc chromate and clear dichromate electro-galvanized plating are available. These finishes also provide increased performance in challenging environments by providing additional protection.

The look of the hydraulic cylinders on your equipment helps support your brand. RAM provides custom colour matching from an RAL number or a paint sample. The colour options are endless, including primed, solid or metallic colours.

Contact RAM to learn more today!


Single-Acting Cylinder Solutions

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   September 29, 2023 08:00

Single-Acting Cylinders

Unlock the power of gravity with RAM single-acting hydraulic cylinders!

Single-acting hydraulic cylinders use pressurized fluid to extend the cylinder in one direction using a single port for fluid entry. Retraction is achieved through external gravitational force or a spring return.

RAM can easily incorporate single-acting functionality into our hydraulic cylinder designs. Our customized approach provides options in the best displacement style to meet your requirements.

The simplistic design of these single-acting cylinders can have fewer components, making them easier to maintain and more cost-effective. The straightforward design can often be lighter, which provides an advantage in applications where weight is a concern.

There are many applications that benefit from using single-acting functionality due to their simplicity, reliability, and ability to provide controlled linear motion in a single direction. Some examples include:

  • Lifting mechanism of dump trucks to raise and lower the truck bed for loading and unloading materials.
  • Compressing and reducing the volume of waste materials in dumpsters or garbage trucks.
  • Raising and lowering plows, attachments or equipment’s front loader.
  • Compressing recyclable materials into manageable bales in compactors and balers.
  • Raising and lowering vehicles in repair shops and garages.
  • Bending, stamping, and forming materials through industrial hydraulic presses.

Applications that require force in both directions or the cylinder to hold a load in position may not benefit from a single-acting cylinder design. Since the return stroke relies on external forces, the control over the return movement is more limited. The need for external forces to return the cylinder to its starting position can reduce overall efficiency, especially in repetitive operations. With these limitations, double-acting hydraulic cylinders may be preferred.

With over 50 years of cylinder experience, RAM’s technical expertise can help you determine the best hydraulic cylinder design that will meet your unique performance requirements. Our engineering team works closely with the experts at your organization to understand your application and working environment to make the appropriate recommendations.

RAM’s flexible manufacturing setup simultaneously accommodates multiple cylinder designs, low and high-volume orders, basic to sophisticated machining, and a wide range of cylinder sizes.

RAM Industries can meet your hydraulic cylinder needs for single-acting and double-acting designs.

Contact RAM today!