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New air motors from Chicago Pneumatic

Chicago Pneumatic has introduced a new range of air motors to its portfolio. This new range combines multiple configurations, a compact and well-balanced design and excellent performance in harsh environments, enabling OEM and machine builders to improve the efficiency of their systems.

There are nine models of motors in the range providing power from 0.16 kW (0.21HP) to 1.8 kW (2.45HP), maximum output torques of up to 299 Nm (221 ft.lbs) and speeds of up to 21,500 rpm. They are easy to install and use providing users with high versatility based on their needs. Power can be adjusted easily by regulating the air supply, pressure or throttling, and users have a choice of progressive or immediate start to best suit their application.

The motors are efficient thanks to a lightweight and compact design. They feature internal planetary gears which contribute to a long, slim design, and the motors are up to six times smaller and lighter than electric motors of equivalent output power meaning OEMs can reduce the overall weight of their machines. Output inherently adjusts to match the applied load, which further enhances efficiency, and low friction blades, which are a lubrication-free design enable users to improve their sustainability. They are a cost-effective solution compared to other motor types, with low installation, operation and maintenance costs.

The heavy-duty motors provide reliable operation in hostile environments. They can be used in constant stop-start operations and be stalled indefinitely without overheating or sustaining any other damage. As such, they provide excellent, long-life performance to maximise process uptime.

There is no heat generated or the possibility of sparks being created and the air motors from Chicago Pneumatic are ATEX certified for use in zone 2 hazardous areas. The stainless-steel air motors also offer safe operation. Furthermore, there is no hydraulic fluid, which eliminates any risk of leakage, pollution or fire. In addition, they are not sensitive to electromagnetic interference, providing dependable operation in sensitive environments.

There are reversible and non-reversible variants to suit all applications and the motors are available with various output shaft types including keyed shaft, threaded shaft, or hex. They also come with a range of accessories including mounting flanges, mounting feet, silencers and chucks.