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Vote for RAM Industries - Leadership in Engineering

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   October 7, 2021 07:59

Fluid Power Leadership in Engineering

RAM Industries is a solutions provider and thought leader in the fluid power industry. RAM represents the fluid power industry as experts in engineering, design and manufacturing of hydraulic cylinders.

Design World has compiled the top companies for Leadership in Engineering in various industries, including Fluid Power. On the RAM Industries company profile page, you have the opportunity to vote for us as a Leader in Fluid Power!

Visit RAM’s profile and vote today!


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Full-Service Cylinder Solutions

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   September 9, 2021 08:05

Full Service Cylinder Solutions

RAM Industries provides more than hydraulic cylinders. We provide full-service solutions. RAM’s flexible approach enables us to give end-to-end cylinder solutions and services targeted to exactly what your company needs.

RAM’s experienced sales & engineering staff work closely with your team. Discovering your complete requirements before orders proceed to production allows RAM to provide solutions optimized to your procurement objectives.

There are many ways our full-service solutions can benefit your operations.

Address cylinder space limitations - The RAM engineering team can work with you to redesign existing cylinders or help create new models that fit better in your equipment.

       Explore cost reduction opportunities - Breakpoint quantity quotations or blanket purchase orders may help you save money.

       Improve cylinder inventory traceability - RAM’s barrel etching can be customized to include information important to you (part number, company name, serial number, etc.)

       Receive cylinder shipments configured to your receiving and production flow - Customized pallet solutions include multiple ship locations, multiple cylinder sizes on a pallet, or cylinder groupings specific to one machine on a pallet.

       Maximize your cylinder’s functionality and performance - Troubleshooting, installation and technical guidance, as well as RAM’s warranty coverage, are critical for after-sales support.

With over 45 years experience working with OEMs across a wide range of industries, RAM has built a name as a leader in designing and manufacturing hydraulic cylinders. Join the many companies that trust the RAM name.

Contact the team at RAM to discuss your unique requirements today.


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Pneumatic Cylinder Solutions

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   September 9, 2021 08:00

Pneumatic Cylinders

RAM Industries designs and manufactures pneumatic cylinders specific to your unique applications. Industries that frequently incorporate pneumatic cylinders include material handling, packaging, agriculture, automation, entertainment, marine, transportation, food production and medical.

Pneumatic cylinders are powered using compressed air instead of hydraulic fluid. When lower power is required, these air cylinders are a reliable fluid power alternative to hydraulic cylinders. Pneumatic systems are known for having a longer operating life. They also have low maintenance requirements.

The RAM engineering team works closely with the experts in your operation to produce custom cylinders engineered for your OEM equipment requirements.

  • These cylinders are available as single-acting and double-acting cylinders using one or two ports to operate. Single-acting pneumatic cylinders can be configured with an optional spring return or extension for use in unique applications.
  • A range of barrel materials can be used for pneumatic cylinders, including stainless steel, aluminum and chrome plated on the inside barrel. These materials are corrosion resistant, which helps provide protection against moisture in the air.
  • Rod thread lengths can be produced specifically to your requirements in applications where a standard mount is not used, including non-standard thread sizes. Rod extensions can also be manufactured with non-standard lengths. 

RAM’s custom approach ensures your pneumatic cylinders provided easy interchangeability with existing cylinders and meet fit and performance requirements for existing and new equipment.

Reach out to RAM’s engineering department with your pneumatic projects so we can provide solutions that meet your specifications and expectations.


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Hydraulic Cushioning Cylinder Solutions

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   August 4, 2021 08:05

Hydraulic Cylinder Cushioning

Reducing the speed of a cylinder piston at the end of the stroke can be critical in some applications. RAM can incorporate hydraulic cushioning as part of a cylinder’s design. This feature can help reduce the stress on cylinder components and lesson vibration conveyed to other parts of equipment when operating at full force.

Careful evaluations by our experienced engineering staff determine the exact criteria to achieve the appropriate flow reduction. Factors that are 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’s engineering and machining expertise is demonstrated through the automated machining incorporating hydraulic cushions in our cylinders.

Holes are machined into the barrel, according to the cylinder design, to achieve the appropriate deceleration. Strategically placed port pass piston seals correspond to the hole locations to facilitate the restriction of oil flow. The hole location, number of holes, and piston seal placement and sizing are critical for every inch of motion. Hydraulic cushioning can be configured on both the extension and retraction ends of the cylinder.

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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Hydraulic Attachment Cylinder Solutions

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   August 4, 2021 08:00


Hydraulic Cylinder Attachment Cylinders

Hydraulic attachment equipment is incredibly versatile. It is widely used in many applications including forestry, agriculture, mining and construction. While some attachments may be large and common, some can be small and very technical.

RAM offers many standard cylinder designs that can easily be incorporated into hydraulic attachments regardless of the application. RAM Thumb Cylinders are a great example of one cylinder solution we provide for hydraulic attachment equipment.

RAM’s engineering team also designs cylinders to work with highly specialized attachments. Our expertise will ensure the cylinder designs meet the unique criteria for any application.

Features frequently incorporated into RAM attachment cylinders includes:

  • Mounts with bearings and bushings minimize wear, provide ease of servicing and assist with alignment to minimize side loading;
  • Robust hydraulic cushions incorporated into both extension and retraction ends reduce jarring with smoother deceleration;
  • Porting located on one end with steel shields protects hoses from element exposure and makes hose routing easier
  • Bolt-in glands with high-tensile head bolts support heavy-duty applications
  • Custom seal packages include wear rings and specialized high-pressure seals
  • Smart sensor technology provides precision feedback for operation

RAM’s cylinders are specifically designed with reliable performance in mind. Our commitment to quality ensures your equipment will be equipped with reliable hydraulic cylinders to perform even under the most severe-duty conditions.

Talk to the experts at RAM to discuss hydraulic cylinders for your attachment equipment today!


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Double-Acting Cylinder Solutions

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   July 6, 2021 08:00

Double-Acting Hydraulic Cylinders

When gravity is not on your side, double-acting hydraulic cylinders provide the force required from either direction. As a result, double-acting cylinders are effective on applications that require precise control and faster extension or retraction, especially from a horizontal position.

RAM industries’ double-acting cylinder solutions are available on single-stage and multi-stage hydraulic cylinders. In addition, RAM’s engineering experts work with your team to ensure your cylinders perfectly meet your specifications and performance requirements.

RAM’s Double-Acting Telescopic cylinders encompass a complex design that 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.

RAM’s standard Double Acting Telescopic designs include specially prepared chrome tubing, high-quality seals and high-strength internal components that can be easily serviced and replaced when required.

Customize the mounting options for your cylinders to ensure a perfect fit on your equipment.

With over 45 years as a leader in hydraulic cylinder design and manufacturing, trust RAM to provide your double-acting cylinder solutions!

Contact the RAM team today!


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Cylinder Control Valve Solutions

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   July 6, 2021 07:55

Cylinder Control Valve Solutions

Incorporating hydraulic valves as part of your cylinder design help you control fluid flow in your hydraulic system. Various valves can be used to regulate pressure, control flow volume and fluid direction.

RAM can perfectly match equipment specifications with a custom-designed valve configuration. Any size or type of cylinder can accommodate control valves to help improve the performance of your equipment.

Integrating control valves can provide easier assembly and maintenance with fewer components to change and connections to monitor.

One type of hydraulic valve incorporated into RAM designs is Depth Control Valves. These valves are often used with synchronizing cylinder applications to help control the oil flow while continuously monitoring the ground pressure. This maintains a consistent desired working depth for your application even on uneven terrain.

RAM’s custom approach provides flexibility with the types of valves incorporated and how the valves are mounted. Your equipment is unique to your application, so should your cylinder designs.

Contact the RAM team of experts to discuss valve design options for your cylinders!


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RAM Reverse Engineering Solutions

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   June 8, 2021 08:05

Hydraulic Cylinder Reverse Engineering

Periodically, design information and technical specifications are not available for cylinders you need to replace. RAM’s reverse engineering solutions are one part of our full-service approach.

This service is beneficial if you have an original cylinder that you need to order but lack the in-house expertise or drawings.

In addition, reverse engineering makes it possible to order hard-to-find metric, European or other foreign model cylinders.

RAM’s sales team can help you arrange to send your cylinder(s) to RAM. Our engineering team will deconstruct the cylinders and extract each component's dimensions to create a new 2D or 3D cylinder design.

Theoretical calculations are performed to ensure the design will perform as expected. Production begins once the design is finalized and approved.

RAM’s success is built on its engineering and technical expertise. Our team can partner with you to refine the design that allows you to maintain the exact fit and function as before, with the quality and reliability that RAM cylinders provide.

Contact RAM today to learn more about how we can help you reverse engineer your cylinder solutions!



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Rephasing Hydraulic Cylinder Solutions

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   June 8, 2021 08:00


Rephasing Hydraulic Cylinders

Synchronizing cylinders are the perfect solution for applications that require two or more cylinders to extend and retract in near-unison.

RAM Industries Synchronizing hydraulic cylinders implement rephasing technology that enables a master cylinder and one or more slave cylinders to reliably retract in synchronization.

RAM’s standard synchronizing cylinder designs have a rephasing groove machined at the position of full extension allowing the oil to bypass the piston seal when fully extended.

The rephasing passageway enables the cylinders to rephase, operating evenly to raise and lower an implement to the desired working depth. Rephasing also allows air to be purged from the system.

RAM also offers an optional ball check synchronizing cylinder design. This custom machined port uses a ball to block the rephasing groove to enable retraction at any position.

All RAM hydraulic cylinders can be customized to fit your equipment requirements perfectly. Adding a depth control valve assembly will provide precise and infinite control of the rod movement.

Contact the RAM team today to let our Engineering team design a Synchronizing Cylinder set for your application!



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Quality Cylinder Solutions

posted by RAM Industries Inc.    |   May 18, 2021 08:05

Hydraulic Cylinder Quality

RAM implements high standards to produce high-quality cylinders. RAM puts quality at the core of everything we do.

RAM's engineering team has developed theoretical calculations through years of extensive experience in the cylinder business. These calculations are applied early in the design stage to ensure the hydraulic cylinders meet critical safety and performance factors.

RAM pays special attention to the procurement of high-caliber materials. Materials are evaluated and approved to meet design and engineering specifications.


Quality is reinforced with scheduled checks throughout the production process. After assembly 100% of RAM cylinders are thoroughly tested. This is an integral part of quality requirements before shipping.


Quality at RAM is more than a system. It is a mindset that affects all areas of our operations. RAM takes responsibility to deliver hydraulic cylinders designed and built with the customer in mind. You can trust RAM to deliver the quality product and service you expect.


Contact RAM for your quality hydraulic cylinder solutions today!




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