SMC actuators, air cylinders, rodless actuators, grippers, and rotary cylinders offer the most innovative pneumatic cylinder designs in the automation industry. Specified in all major industrial markets, SMC air cylinders and actuators are created to provide you with the largest array of choices.

From Semi Conductors to Automotive, Packaging to Medical, Food to Heavy Vehicles SMC is the first choice of engineers around the world. Our standard features include a wide range of 16 inch and 18 metric bore sizes, multiple mounting configurations and auto switch capability as a standard on most series, we have designed and built actuators for high precision performance, and exceptional reliability. Our global production facilities make product availability simple in all industrialized countries around the world. SMC actuators are available in a wide variety of styles, including linear, guided, rotary, gripper, specialty, and for use with pneumatic, hydraulic and electric, each series comes with a full complement of standard options.


Linear: Basic Air Cylinder

Basic linear air cylinders are used to provide straight-line, in/out linear movement for a variety of applications. Basic air cylinders are available as single-acting and double-acting with single or double rod and non-rotating models.

Body styles include crimped, round, or tie rod. Single-acting cylinders develop thrust in one direction and have lower air consumption compared with the equivalent size of double-acting cylinders. With a double-acting cylinder, air pressure may be alternately applied to provide force in both directions.

Series: NCM, NCJ2, NCG, NCA1, CJ2, CM2, CG1, MB, CS1, CS2, C85, and C96


Linear:  Compact Air Cylinders

A compact air cylinder functions in the same manner as a basic air cylinder with both single and double acting, single or double rod, and non-rotating models. However, SMC compact cylinders minimize space requirements by allowing for precise, direct mounting in the least amount of space possible.

Series: CQ2-Z, NCQ2-Z, CQS, CQM, CVQ, RQ, CLQ


Linear:  Rodless Air Cylinders

Rodless air cylinders differ from basic air cylinders in that no piston rod extends outside the cylinder body. Instead, the internal piston is connected to an external carriage, by means of a magnetic or mechanical coupling system.

SMC rodless air cylinders are ideal for long stroke applications because they are unaffected by rod overhang, bending, piston binding, and uneven seal wear, and for use in confined areas where space is a premium.

Series: CY, REA, MY1, MY2, MY3


Guided Air Cylinders

Guided cylinders utilize guide rods mounted parallel to the piston rod to provide stable, non-rotating, high side load performance. SMC offers dual rod, heavy duty and precision models. Like rodless cylinders, SMC guide rod cylinders reduce rod bending, piston bending and uneven seal wear. Low profile models are available for restrictive space limitations.

Series: Dual Rod-CXS; Heavy Duty-MGP, MGQ, MGG, MGC, MGF; Precision-MTS

Slide Table

Slide Table Actuators

Slide Table Actuators are utilized in applications that call for high rigidity and high accuracy. Typically, a cylinder and a precision guide are required to meet these needs; however the SMC MX series integrates the guide table and cylinder into one precisely machined part. More specifically, the MXS provides smooth movement without loosening through SMC's adoption of a cross roller guide; and, MXQ's use of an endless track linear guide produces a table cylinder having excellent rigidity, linearity and non-rotating accuracy.

The MX series is an articulation of SMC's dedication to energy efficiency; as an example, the MXS provides twice the output of a conventional cylinder through the adoption of the dual rod function.

Series: MXS, MXQ, MXH, MXF, MXW, MXJ, MXP, and MXY


Rotary Actuators

SMC manufactures two of the most common types of rotary actuators: Rack and Pinion and Vane style. In addition, we offer Combination models combining compact cylinders and rotational capability and rotary gripper combinations. When the application calls for rotational motion less than one revolution, rotary actuators can mount right at the equipment joint without taking up space with long stroke lengths, which would be required to do the same job with a linear cylinder. SMC's rotary actuators can achieve arc lengths of 90°, 180°, 190°, or even 270°, depending on the configuration.

Series: Vane Type-MSUB, (N)CRB1 CRB1BW; Rack and Pinion-MSQ, (N)CRQ, (N)CRA1; Combination-MK2, MRQ, MHRQ



SMC offers one of the most extensive lines of pneumatic grippers in the industry today. The series include rotary driven, two, three and four finger parallel styles that are ideal for gripping and centering; a wide opening parallel model, designed to accommodate many different sized parts; a heavy duty style, suitable for a wide range of applications; an angular model, speed adjustment built in; a toggle to give reliable gripping support; a low-contamination style, equipped with a protective boot; and electric models.



Specialty & Engineered Actuators

When your application requires that a task be performed that can not be completed with standard actuators, SMC can help you find the solution. SMC offers a variety of specialty actuators including Sine (smooth acceleration), Load Stopping, and Clamp to name a few. For example, the transportation of delicate items often requires greater control of cylinder speed, acceleration and deceleration than is afforded by traditional pneumatic cylinders. For this reason, SMC has developed a RE series of sine cylinders. These cylinders facilitate high-speed transportation of work but have very smooth actuation (similar to sine wave). For your demanding application look into SMC's specialty actuators for a standard solution, or contact our engineering department where we can customize an actuator for you.


Electric Actuator, Electric Rotary Actuator

Electric Actuators

Electric actuators offer distinct advantages over their pneumatic counterparts. Acceleration and speed are controlled and predictable. Multiple positions are possible with high precision and repeatability. Pushing forces can be programmed. With no need for compressed air, infrastructure and energy costs are lower. LE is SMC's current line of electric actuators, designed with a focus on easy setup and operation. Function parameters come preset, plus an "Easy Mode" setting option allows you to be operational quickly. The LE line is available in a variety of types including: sliders, rod and guided rod, slide tables, rotary, grippers, and miniature. Accessories include actuator controllers, and gateways.

Series: Sliders, AC Servo Sliders, Rod & Guided Rod, AC Servo Rod, Slide Tables, Rotary, Grippers, Miniature, Controllers & Drivers


Hydraulic Cylinders

SMC hydraulic cylinders offer a wide choice of operating pressures, tube bore sizes, and standardized strokes. Available in lightweight, compact aluminum body. Direct mounting style provides space savings.

Series: CH2, CHN, CHF, CHK



SMC also offers a large selection of accessory products, to further compliment our abundant line of cylinders and actuators. To attach actuators we offer rod clevises, mounting brackets and alignment couplers, feedback is provided by the largest selection of auto switches available from any cylinder manufacturer. To control speed we offer shock absorbers, quick exhausts and flow controls in a wide variety of sizes and configurations.

Series: (N)RB, (N)J, AS, AQ