Firestone are a market leader supplying industrial rubber products for actuation, isolation and pick and place applications. Its customers are primarily focussed within the commercial truck and trailer, bus, automotive, rail, agriculture and construction and mining industries.
With a focus on quality, reliability and service, Firestone manufacture the world’s leading air spring for use on light vehicles, buses, heavy duty trucks and trailers, rail cars and industrial applications – with offices and manufacturing operations on four continents.
The Firestone product portfolio provides the ability to support a wide range of applications from rugged actuators that make heavy lifting easier, isolators that keep vibration from moving to unwanted areas and pick and place solutions that move delicate items safely.
Converting energy to mechanical motion, the motion can be rotary or linear – a durable innovative solution for corrosive or abrasive environments and a great way to replace traditional pneumatic or hydraulic cylinders.
Airstroke™ actuators are cylinders
Firestone Airstroke™ Actuators have long been used in the industrial market as pneumatic actuators incorporated into new and innovative machinery designs as well as replacement actuators for traditional pneumatic or hydraulic cylinders. They have advantages over traditional cylinders in that they are durable, operate well in corrosive and abrasive environments, easily accept misalignment and have a high ratio of stroke to collapsed height.
Don’t be fooled by its small size and quiet demeanor, the Airomatic™ Polyactuator lifts loads just over 45 kg with a 13 mm stroke at 50 psig (3.5 bar). Durability? The Airomatic Polyactuator has been lab tested for 5 million cycles without product failure or performance degradation. It’s constructed from two pieces of polyurethane welded together to form a tight, tough seal. The Airomatic Polyactuator’s compact size means increased flexibility for your conveyor designs. All of this performance requires a clearance of only 15 mm, and there are no pistons, rods or sliding seals to design around. Airomatic Polyactuators assist in conveyor transfer sections and roller brakes, but can be used in any application requiring small pressure and stroke and are about a third of the cost of pancake cylinders.
Isolating delicate objects from external vibrations, supporting vibrating loads and reducing structural noise – a great alternative to coil springs or other isolations devices.
Isolate – to separate, set or keep apart. Firestone Airmount™ Isolators do just that, providing the highest degree of vibration isolation of any isolator on the market. Firestone Airmount Isolators are versatile and not only work to isolate delicate objects from external vibrations, but are able to
support vibrating loads and prevent its energy from disturbing the surroundings. Airmount Isolators reduce structural noise, are available in a wide range of sizes, and extend equipment life through their superior isolation capabilities. Airmount Isolators – a great alternative to conventional coil springs and other types of isolator.
Marsh Mellow™ Springs
Durable, simple to mount, and virtually maintenance free operation – Firestone’s Marsh Mellow™ fabric and rubber springs are your solution to vibration and isolation problems. Marsh Mellow springs are fabric reinforced rubber cylinders that do not require air. They will not break, trap particles, corrode or bottom-out, but will accommodate a wide load range and perform consistently. Replace those old-fashioned steel springs with our tough, quiet Marsh Mellow springs for long lasting, low-cost isolation performance.
Pick & Place
Moving objects of varying shape or size? Firestone’s innovative pick and place solutions can work with a wide range of diameters and work piece weights – great low cost, durable solutions.
AirPicker & AirGripper End Effectors
Do you need a solution to move objects varying in shape or size? Firestone’s AirPicker™ and AirGripper™ end effectors offer a wide range of advantages over traditional pick and place devices. By simply controlling the amount of pressure within the bladder, Firestone end-effectors can handle delicate objects with the soft touch of rubber and air. Each of our AirPicker and AirGripper products can work with a wide range of diameters and work piece weights – offering a low cost, durable solution for your pick and place application.