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Custom Oversized Cylinder Solutions

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   July 28, 2023 08:05

RAM Custom Oversized Cylinders

RAM Custom Oversized cylinders boast remarkable strength and power, enabling them to easily handle heavy loads and challenging tasks. These specialized giants rise to the occasion when standard cylinders fall short, boosting productivity and efficiency.

These tailored hydraulic cylinders exceed standard cylinder dimensions and capabilities. With larger diameter bore sizes or long-stroke hydraulic cylinders, they are designed to support heavier loads, withstand extreme pressures, and perform optimally in unique and demanding applications. Typically, these cylinders are over 8 inches in bore or over 10 feet in stroke length and can be designed for operating pressures up to 5000 PSI.

Precision engineering is at the heart of every RAM Custom Oversized cylinder. RAM’s engineering expertise ensures a high focus on reliability and enhanced safety, resulting in seamless integration durability and reducing the risk of system failures and potential hazards in critical operations. Our team carefully assesses your equipment’s operating conditions to ensure the cylinder design will perform precisely as required.

RAM’s custom approach ensures each cylinder meets your requirements and delivers unparalleled performance. Each component is carefully selected to provide a perfect fit for your application. Our team ensures each element functions reliably, from design configuration to final assembly. Every RAM cylinder is pressure tested at the factory above the required working and shock pressure.

In some cases, opting for oversized cylinders can lead to space optimization as they can replace multiple smaller cylinders, simplifying the design and reducing overall system complexity. With superior force output, these oversized cylinders also often require lower energy input to achieve the desired results, contributing to cost savings and environmental sustainability. Our team works with you to determine the best options for your equipment.

RAM’s Custom Oversized cylinders are used in many different industries and applications.

Construction and Infrastructure: In heavy construction equipment like cranes, excavators, and bulldozers, oversized cylinders handle the immense force required to lift and move massive loads efficiently.

Mining and Oil & Gas: In mining operations and oil rigs, where equipment operates in harsh and rugged environments, these cylinders withstand extreme conditions while ensuring consistent performance.

Manufacturing: Large-scale manufacturing processes often require substantial force for metal shaping, stamping, and forming. Custom oversized cylinders provide the necessary strength and precision for such applications.

Marine and Offshore: In marine vessels and offshore platforms, where space is limited and load capacities are immense, custom oversized cylinders prove indispensable for various tasks, such as steering mechanisms and lifting operations.

Agriculture and Forestry: Agricultural machinery, like harvesters and tractors, as well as forestry equipment, benefit from oversized hydraulic cylinders for their ability to handle heavy loads and navigate challenging terrains.

Aviation and Aerospace: In aviation and aerospace, where precision and reliability are paramount, custom oversized cylinders find applications in aircraft landing gear, cargo loading systems, and space exploration equipment.

Trust RAM Industries to be your cylinder partner as we continue to lead the way in reliable hydraulic solutions!

Contact our team today to see how our oversized custom cylinders can work with your equipment designs.



Hydraulic Cylinder Selection Strategies

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   July 28, 2023 08:00

Selecting the right hydraulic cylinder for your application is critical to ensure optimal performance, productivity and dependability. Having confidence in your cylinder design gives your equipment a competitive advantage.

Our focus at RAM Industries is to partner with you to provide hydraulic cylinder solutions that meet your exact requirements. RAM has 50 years of experience and expanded manufacturing facilities working with many different industries. This knowledge allows us to find practical solutions that can bring value to your equipment’s performance and longevity.

RAM’s engineering support and expertise have allowed us to help countless original equipment manufacturers find efficiencies in their cylinder designs and recommend cylinder solutions for new projects. Our custom approach looks at many different factors that can provide long-term efficiency. This includes:

  • Operating conditions and environment
  • Load and application requirements
  • Hydraulic system pressure ratings
  • Single or double-acting designs
  • Seal selection and configuration
  • Port position flexibility
  • Safety and reliability
  • Mounting options

In addition to design recommendations, RAM knows the importance of identifying and meeting your business objectives.  

Performance Improvements

RAM's engineering team works to understand your application and targeted requirements. We use our extensive design expertise and theoretical calculations to recommend cylinder designs that will optimize performance.

Hydraulic System Space Limitations

RAM can incorporate various space-saving design solutions. Examples include piggy-back or tandem cylinder designs, single or double-acting telescopic cylinders, various mounts and mounting locations, and port options for enhanced hose routing. The result is cylinders engineered to precisely fit your equipment.

Cost Reduction

RAM aims to provide competitive pricing based on specific custom cylinder needs. Our team offers various flexible cost-saving options, including design considerations, breakpoint quantity pricing or blanket purchase orders.

Domestic Cylinder Manufacturing

As a North American manufacturer, RAM is committed to providing high-quality cylinders. RAM’s factory incorporates technological advancements in machining, welding, process equipment, systems and engineering as part of our continued commitment to customer satisfaction.

Manufacturing Capacity

RAM's flexible manufacturing model simultaneously accommodates multiple cylinder designs, low and high-volume orders, basic to sophisticated machining, and a wide range of cylinder sizes. This means there are no limitations to incorporating your order preferences into our production flow.

Regardless of the size of your company, you can trust RAM to collaborate with your team on existing or new cylinder design solutions.

Contact the team at RAM today for your complete hydraulic cylinder solutions!



Top Environmental Benefits of Hydraulic Cylinders

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

Top Environmental Benefits of Hydraulic Cylinders

Protecting our environment is a growing concern. As equipment manufacturers look for ways to minimize their ecological footprint, it’s helpful to understand the environmental benefits of RAM hydraulic cylinders.

1.  Energy Efficiency

Hydraulic cylinders convert fluid power into energy. By harnessing the power of fluid mechanics, hydraulic systems can efficiently transmit force and control movement with minimal energy loss, resulting in lower operating costs and reduced carbon emissions.

2.  Reduced Material Waste

RAM hydraulic cylinders are durable and reliable. Hydraulic cylinders are designed to function even in difficult operating conditions and heavy loads. Quality design and manufacturing, coupled with adequate maintenance reduces the need for repeated replacements. Cylinders are also a sustainable option for industrial applications because of their long lifespan, which results in less material waste and resource usage.

3.  Versatility and Precision

Exceptional control and precision provides smooth and accurate movement in various applications. Eliminating unnecessary movements and ensuring precise control, hydraulic cylinders help optimize processes, reducing waste and energy consumption. This increased effectiveness benefits both the environment and overall productivity and performance.

4.  Sustainable Fluid Options

While most hydraulic cylinders traditionally use petroleum-based fluids, advancements in fluid technology have developed eco-friendly alternatives. Some examples include bio-based or water-based hydraulic fluids. These sustainable fluid options reduce the ecological footprint associated with hydraulic systems, as they are biodegradable, non-toxic, and pose a minimal environmental risk in the event of a leak or a spill. RAM’s custom approach allows us to modify any hydraulic cylinder design to utilize these sustainable fluid alternatives.

5.  Design & Seal Technology

RAM hydraulic cylinders are built using optimized cylinder design, advanced sealing technology and leak prevention methods to reduce the possibility of leaking.

Using correct recycling and waste management techniques with hydraulic cylinders is another consideration to ensure maximum environmental benefit. Components and materials, like metal, can be recycled once a hydraulic cylinder has completed its life cycle. Recycling lessens the need for fresh resources and the environmental impact of the production and extraction processes.

Along with the advantages for the environment, it is essential to understand the risks if they are not properly maintained. If left unattended, hydraulic fluid leakage can contaminate soil and water sources, harming ecosystems. Regular maintenance is of key importance to ensure environment protection.

Contact RAM Industries to learn how we work to reduce the environmental impact of your hydraulic cylinders.




Piggy-back Hydraulic Cylinders

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

Streamlined Efficiency in Piggy-back Cylinders

Piggy-back hydraulic cylinders are a game changer providing optimized efficiency and flexibility. These innovative cylinders provide maximum stroke even where space is constrained.

The robust design of RAM Piggy-back cylinders ensures long-term durability and reliability. They are built to withstand high-pressure conditions, extreme temperatures, and heavy-duty applications while minimizing downtime and maintenance costs.

The versatility of piggy-back hydraulic cylinders makes them suitable for a wide range of OEM industries and applications.

  • Material handling equipment like forklifts, cranes, and loaders give the necessary power and stability to lift and transport heavy loads easily.
  • Construction equipment like excavators, backhoes, and bulldozers utilize the lifting capacity and durability essential for the demanding nature of construction tasks.
  • Agricultural machinery like tractors, harvesters, and sprayers assist in raising and lowering implements, controlling steering mechanisms, and powering other hydraulic functions.
  • Waste management equipment like garbage compactors and recycling machines require efficient and consistent operation in demanding waste-handling environments.

Piggy-back hydraulic cylinders are designed with several unique features that set them apart from traditional single-rod cylinders. These features include:


  • Dual-cylinder Design - Piggy-back cylinders consist of two cylinders mounted, one on top of the other. The upper cylinder, the piggy-back, is welded to the lower cylinder, creating a compact and robust unit. This design allows for increased stroke length and stability.
  • Space Efficiency - Piggy-back cylinders offer a space-saving advantage due to their compact design. OEMs can optimize space utilization by utilizing a vertical configuration, allowing for more efficient machinery layouts and improved efficiency.
  • Precise Control and Adjustability - Piggy-back cylinders allow for fine control and adjustability, enabling OEMs to achieve specific movements and positioning. This level of control enhances operational efficiency and improves overall productivity. 

RAM’s experienced engineering team can supply piggy-back cylinders tailored to your application. OEMs can choose many options to ensure seamless integration into your equipment designs. Common customization options include:

  • Bore and stroke lengths to match the desired force and stroke requirements
  • Versatile mounting configurations to ensure compatibility with your unique machine layouts
  • Seal configurations to suit specific environmental conditions and operating pressures
  • Different rod end styles seamlessly integrate other components and ensure efficient load transmission
  • Barrel-fed cylinders can incorporate smart sensors 

Despite their advanced features, piggy-back cylinders offer a cost-effective solution for OEMs. The increased lifting capacity and compact design lead to optimized equipment performance and reduced downtime, resulting in improved cost-efficiency over the long term.

RAM Piggy-back cylinders provide a robust and efficient solution for many applications. Optimize your equipment performance by incorporating piggy-back cylinders into your hydraulic systems.

Contact RAM’s experts today!



Your Hydraulic Cylinder R&D Partners

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   June 1, 2023 08:05

Hydraulic Cylinder R&D Partners

Research and development is at the forefront of innovation, bringing about transformative advancements in equipment and hydraulic cylinder design.

RAM Industries has the expertise to work alongside the R&D experts at your company to help you achieve your project goals. We recognize and appreciate the value of innovation. With 50 years of experience, we develop cylinder solutions specific to your application to gain a competitive advantage.

Our collaborative approach ensures we understand the unique specifications of your equipment to address your challenges or opportunities. Our engineering team can provide recommendations for existing or new cylinder designs and develop tailored solutions that meet your R&D objectives.

Efficiency gains in hydraulic cylinder design have been achieved through several key advancements. One such innovation is the incorporation of smart sensors and monitoring systems. By integrating sensors, engineers can gather real-time data on cylinder performance, enabling predictive maintenance and minimizing downtime. This proactive approach to maintenance prevents catastrophic failures and optimizes the lifespan of hydraulic cylinders on your equipment.

Using advanced materials is another way of advancement that has provided additional efficiency. Standard cylinders have been primarily constructed with steel, but the development of high-strength alloys, composites, and specialized coatings has opened up new possibilities. These materials offer superior strength-to-weight ratios, corrosion resistance, and improved performance under extreme conditions.

Identifying and addressing potential issues early in the design process with your R&D team contribute to cost savings. Our team can help reduce costly mistakes and extensive equipment changes or project delays that may impact market launch.

Additional services to support your R&D activities include:

  • Inclusion of extra components to eliminate failure
  • Provide detailed approval drawings, parts breakdowns, as well as solid models for each cylinder
  • Intellectual property protected through NDA’s
  • Design verification
  • Prototyping program
  • Endurance testing
  • Cycle testing

       Tap into RAM’s expertise with our cutting-edge hydraulic cylinder solutions that can improve performance, reliability, and efficiency.

Contact RAM to discuss your R&D project needs today!




Synchronized Hydraulic Cylinder Solutions

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   June 1, 2023 08:00

Synchronizing Precision

RAM Synchronizing Cylinders can give your equipment a competitive edge. Utilizing rephasing technology, these cylinders are the perfect solution for applications that require multiple cylinder strokes to be perfectly synchronized.

These specialized cylinders are designed to move multiple cylinders simultaneously, ensuring synchronized motion. By maintaining equal stroke length and speeds, synchronizing cylinders enable precise control over complex operations, enhancing efficiency and productivity.

RAM Industries caters to the diverse needs of equipment manufacturers by working closely with the experts in your organization to design synchronizing cylinders tailored specific to your application. This collaboration provides flexibility for your equipment designers through:

  • Seamless integration into existing hydraulic systems
  • Maximizing efficiency without sacrificing space
  • Compact design that allows for easy installation in tight spaces 

       Synchronized cylinders can eliminate inconsistencies in movement which results in enhanced overall equipment efficiency. Efficiency can be achieved by minimizing idle time, reducing cycle times, and achieving optimized performance.

In applications where precision is critical, synchronized cylinders play a vital role. Precise synchronization ensures accurate positioning, reducing errors and increasing the quality of finished products.

Synchronizing cylinders contribute to a safer work environment by eliminating imbalances and potential hazards caused by uneven movements. This reduces the risk of accidents, product damage, and associated downtime.

By equalizing the load distribution among cylinders, synchronizing cylinders help prevent premature wear and tear, ensuring longer equipment lifespan. This translates into cost savings and minimized maintenance requirements.

RAM’s experience and expertise ensures each cylinder is built with high-quality materials, precise engineering, and rigorous testing, resulting in robust performance even in demanding environments.

Our engineering team demonstrates their commitment and innovation to delivering cylinders optimized for your equipment.

Contact RAM to learn more today!



5 Ways to Maximize Cylinder Efficiency

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   April 28, 2023 08:05

5 Ways to Maximize Cylinder Efficiency

At RAM Industries, we understand the importance of maximizing the efficiency of hydraulic cylinder designs to achieve optimal performance in OEM equipment. With our engineering expertise and custom designs, we offer cylinder solutions that accomplish these benefits and more.


One of the advantages of working with RAM is our ability to customize hydraulic cylinders for your application's specific requirements. We consider factors such as weight, speed, and frequency of operation to tailor the cylinder design to meet the exact needs of our customers. By doing so, we can help maximize the efficiency of the equipment, reduce energy consumption, and extend the cylinder and machinery lifespan.


Another benefit of choosing RAM for your hydraulic cylinder needs is our expertise in material selection. We understand the importance of using high-quality materials that withstand operating conditions and loads. Our team selects the suitable materials for the piston, rod, and cylinder tube to ensure maximum efficiency, reduce maintenance costs, and extend the lifespan of the equipment.


Our experience with seal design is also critical to achieving optimal performance and efficiency. We carefully recommend seal configurations that can withstand the operating conditions, pressures, and temperatures the cylinder will be exposed. This ensures that the cylinder operates efficiently, prevents fluid leakage, and protects the cylinder from contaminants that can cause equipment failure.


Choosing the right stroke length for the hydraulic cylinder is another key factor in achieving maximum efficiency. At RAM, we work closely with our customers to confirm the right stroke length ensuring that the cylinder does not waste energy moving past the load but can still lift the load to the desired height. This helps reduce energy consumption and improve the performance of the equipment.


Our team understands the importance of proper cylinder mounting. We work with your key personnel to ensure that the cylinder mounts specifically match your equipment designs allowing them to move freely and without resistance. This helps to prevent misalignment or binding, causing the cylinder to operate less efficiently, increasing energy consumption and reducing performance. Proper alignment and mounting of the cylinder can improve its efficiency, reduce energy consumption, and extend its lifespan.


Choose RAM for your hydraulic cylinder needs and experience the benefits of our expertise and cylinder solutions.


Contact our team today!




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Extra Benefits with Hydraulic Cushioning

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   April 28, 2023 08:00

Extra Benefits with Hydraulic Cushioning

Incorporating hydraulic cushioning into your cylinder design can be a game-changer for many industrial equipment applications.

Hydraulic cushioning can improve the performance of your cylinders while also reducing wear and tear, extending the cylinder's lifespan and reducing the likelihood of maintenance or repair needs. Cushioning can also help reduce noise and vibration, improve the working conditions for operators and minimize the risk of damage to nearby equipment or structures.

Hydraulic cushioning integrates small, adjustable hydraulic chambers into the cylinder to decrease the fluid flow, absorb shock and reduce the impact forces generated during the operation of the cylinder. When the piston reaches the end of the cylinder stroke, the hydraulic cushioning system slows down the piston's movement, reducing the impact force and preventing damage to the cylinder and its components.

Hydraulic cushioning is highly customizable and can be adjusted to meet specific requirements. Careful evaluations by our experienced engineering staff determine the exact parameters to achieve the appropriate flow reduction. Factors evaluated include:

  • Maximum load that needs to be decelerated
  • Inertia and mass of the structure
  • Oil volume used in the application
  • Pressure rating of the equipment
  • Cycle time and frequency 

 RAM offers a few different standard cushioning configurations based on the applications the cylinder will be used on.

  • Basic applications requiring cushioning can use a design with two to four holes. A port block provides an oil channel to connect the multiple holes.
  • Applications with frequent or faster cycle time requirements may require a more complex configuration using multiple holes on the entire circumference of the barrel. An exterior steel tubing connects the internal oil channels and acts as an oil passage chamber to the port. This design allows for higher velocity cushioning and enables the cylinder to respond at a quicker rate.
  • Heavy-duty applications often use an internal configuration for cylinder cushioning. In this design, the gland is machined with a precise chamber that forms a tight tolerance with a solid sleeve on the piston. A spud can also be incorporated on the end of the piston with a tight tolerance chamber in the cylinder base for double-ended cushioning.

Could your equipment benefit from the smoother stopping provided by hydraulic cushioning?

Contact the RAM team to discuss how we can incorporate hydraulic cushioning into cylinders for your projects.


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RAM at IFPE 2023!

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   March 28, 2023 13:01

RAM Industries Team at IFPE 2023

RAM at IFPE 2023

It was great to connect with so many at our RAM Industries booth at IFPE & CONEXPO 2023 from March 14 to March 18, 2023 in Las Vegas, NV! 

RAM Industries was pleased to present our cylinder and technical expertise to everyone. We are passionate about providing cylinders built exactly for your equipment.

RAM's success is built on our engineering and technical expertise. Our team establishes a close technical rapport with the experts in your organization. Together we can determine precise cylinder fit and function parameters important to your equipment. We pride ourselves on building quality cylinders through our ISO 9001 registered system, and carefully plan deliveries based on your specific inventory and production timing needs. 

You can find our latest product brochure HERE for your reference. 

We look forward to talking with your team about your hydraulic cylinder requirements.

Count on RAM Industries for all your hydraulic cylinder solutions! 1-877-799-1005


Visit RAM Industries at IFPE/CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023!

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   February 1, 2023 09:01

Visit RAM Industries at IFPE 2023

Excitement is brewing as IFPE and CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 are coming close!

Plan to visit RAM Industries at Booth S81711 – South Hall Level 2 March 14-18th in Las Vegas. We would love to see you there!

You can also visit our company profile on the IFPE Directory site for more information. Don’t forget to add us to your Show Planner!

The International Fluid Power Exposition is the #1 trade show and conference for fluid power and motion control. IFPE runs in conjunction with CONEXPO-CON/AGG so that you can attend both shows with one registration.

Contact us for more information about our products and services at!