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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!


3 Considerations for Cylinder Mount Selection

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   October 31, 2022 08:05

3 Considerations for Cylinder Mount Selection

The mounts on your hydraulic cylinders should fit perfectly into your equipment design. Using engineered hydraulic cylinders with mounts specifically designed for your OEM equipment ensures optimal performance.

The most important reason to carefully consider these different aspects of the mounts you select for your cylinders is to provide stability and ensure longevity on your equipment.

Prevent unnecessary failure or wear and tear by choosing cylinders with the perfect mounts for your application.

1. Application Performance Requirements

Through building relationships, the RAM technical sales and engineering teams work to understand how your application works to understand the specific fit and performance requirements for your application. Performance factors that can help influence the type of mount used include:

  • Operating environment
  • Operating temperatures
  • Maximum internal pressure ratings
  • Linear travel path
  • Tolerance for misalignment
  • Risk of shock loads

2. Cylinder Mounting Type

Once the RAM team understands the operating parameters of your equipment, we can recommend the ideal type of mount to use. Common examples of mounts include:

  • Centerline Cylinder Mounts are fixed and absorb force on the centerline of the cylinder.
  • Flange Cylinder Mounts are fixed and absorb force eccentric to the cylinder center line.
  • Pivot Cylinder Mounts allow the cylinder body to move while the piston rod is in motion and absorbs force on the centerline of the cylinder.

3. Mount Customizations

RAM can design and incorporate custom mounts in a wide array of styles. In addition to using a uniquely designed mount, there are a variety of other customized mounting options which can help improve the performance of your cylinder, including:

  • Alternative mount locations for optimal placement within your equipment designs
  • Spherical bearings to compensate for misalignment
  • Bushings for ease of maintenance
  • Exotic materials provide additional strength and durability
  • RAM is committed to providing hydraulic cylinder solutions that work for your specific applications.

Contact RAM to discuss your cylinder mounting options today!



Telescopic Cylinders That Go The Distance!

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   October 31, 2022 08:00

 Telescopic Hydraulic Cylinders That Go The Distance

RAM Telescopic cylinders are the perfect solution for applications that demand a long cylinder stroke in a compact cylinder design. Telescopic cylinders provide a long stroke from a very compact retracted length.

RAM offers a full line of standard telescopic designs for your equipment. With 36 base designs to select from, all you need to do is pick the configuration, stroke and mounting option that works best for your application. RAM’s standard design includes specially prepared chrome tubing, high quality seals, and high strength internal components that can be easily serviced and replaced.

RAM also offers custom Telescopic cylinders that provide the flexibility to work with our engineering experts to determine the cylinder design requirements that perfectly fit your equipment fit and performance requirements. Custom telescopic cylinders can be built up to 5000 PSI providing additional force in heavy duty applications.

RAM offers both Single and Double Acting designs with up to 5 stages, and a wide selection of mount configurations.

The Single Acting Telescopic cylinder is the simplest of telescopic designs. A Single Acting telescopic cylinder is extended using hydraulic pressure, but is retracted using external forces (i.e. gravity or mechanical load) once the pressure is removed.

A Double Acting Telescopic cylinder is a more complex design and involves additional sealing within the internal body of the cylinder to seal off the different stages. Passageways are machined into the internal components of the cylinder to allow for proper staging. This type of design is usually utilized when gravity is not available to retract the cylinder.

RAM has the expertise working with OEM customers to either modify a standard design, or create a new prototype for their equipment.

Contact the experts at RAM today to find the right Telescopic cylinder solution for you!



How Intelligent Are Your Cylinders?

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   July 21, 2022 08:05

Position Sensing Hydraulic Cylinders

As your equipment becomes more sophisticated, your hydraulic cylinders should too!

RAM’s Smart Sensing Cylinders incorporate position sensing technology that streamlines equipment operation. With trends toward automation, position sensing hydraulic cylinders provide the smart integration required to complete an intelligent hydraulic system. With the increased demand for this technology, applications that utilize loading and unloading, transporting, lifting, and processing will benefit from these position sensing cylinders.

RAM cylinders incorporate Linear Displacement Transducers (LDTs), often referred to as linear position sensors. This technology can capture positional data and relay feedback through a signal to the hydraulic control system. The electronic feedback generates semi-automated or automated responses in the system triggering actions or sounding alarms as dictated by the specific application.

This innovative componentry achieves digital precision that responds to operational conditions as they occur. This real-time response creates efficiencies through automated responses and optimizes work for operators improving productivity and efficiency through increased output.

When you are designing your intelligent systems, look to RAM Industries to provide smart hydraulic cylinders that will perfectly integrate into your system.

RAM’s experienced engineering team works with the experts at your company to ensure the cylinder sensors will perfectly connect with your hydraulic system. We will help evaluate various considerations in the sensor selection specific to your performance 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 cylinders can incorporate external or internal sensors depending on the application. The cylinder bore sizes, stroke lengths, and mounting options are configured to meet your unique specifications.

While the shift to automation is rapidly increasing, RAM Industries has supported customers with smart sensing cylinder solutions for over fifteen years!

Trust RAM to provide position sensing cylinders as you enhance your equipment connectivity and performance.

Contact RAM today!



Cylinder Storage 101

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   July 21, 2022 08:00

Hydraulic Cylinder Storage 101

When purchasing hydraulic cylinders for your equipment, proper storage and maintenance are essential considerations in the performance of these cylinders on your equipment.

RAM Industries values collaborative relationships with our OEM customers. We stand behind the quality of our products and aim to provide seamless integration of our cylinders onto your equipment.

Three factors can maximize cylinder condition during storage.

1. External Corrosion Protection

RAM Industries provides maximum corrosion protection for cylinders through our two-part polyurethane paint. The paint provides external protection with short storage times in dry rooms at a constant temperature. Non-painted cylinder and part surfaces are protected using corrosion-protecting oil during assembly.

2. Internal Preservation

Every RAM hydraulic cylinder is hydraulically tested using petroleum-based oil. After testing, the oil film remains inside the cylinders, providing short-term internal corrosion protection. The line connections are closed after the test with secure plugs.

3. Inspection and Maintenance

Cylinders that require more than six months of storage, regularly scheduled inspections and maintenance are recommended.

  • Every 6 weeks rotate hydraulic cylinders that are stored horizontally by 90 degrees to prevent damage to the seals.
  • Inspect and coat the cylinder surfaces with corrosion protection oil.
  • Inspect and lubricate spherical bearings.
  • Inspect and lubricate fitting surfaces or mechanical interfaces.
  • Extend and retract the hydraulic cylinder several centimeters to prevent the seals from bonding. 

Properly storing and maintaining your cylinders helps ensure maximum cylinder performance and prevent issues during installation.

RAM is committed to providing full-service solutions.  Engineering support is available in the final assembling and testing when fitting cylinders on new equipment. The engineering team can also provide troubleshooting for unique challenges that may arise when installing cylinders.

The RAM team is committed and responsive to the needs of our customers.

Contact the RAM team for your cylinder quote today!