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The Original PANCAKE® Cylinder

The Original Pancake Cylinder was designed in 1958 by Alfred W. Schmidt, the founder of Fabco-Air, Inc. This particular type of pneumatic actuator was designed to satisfy the need for short stroke, low profile, compact air cylinders that would fit in very tight spaces. Today, over 5 decades later, the Original Pancake® Air Cylinder from Fabco-Air, Inc., is still the leader in the compact air cylinder market. The Original Pancake® Air Cylinder Line is often imitated but never matched regarding features, options, quality, strength, appearance, and longevity.

Pancake Cylinder


  • Available in 8 bore sizes: 1/2″, 3/4″, 1-1/8″, 1-5/8″, 2″, 2-1/2″, 3″, and 4″
  • Standard stroke lengths up to 4″
  • The high quality, cylinder bodies are machined from the highest quality aluminum bar-stock
  • The cylinder bodies are clear anodized for superior appearance and corrosion resistance
  • Hard chrome plated stainless steel piston rod adds longevity to the cylinder
  • A non-metallic, Duralon® rod bushing is a standard feature that strengthens one of the primary load bearing points on an air cylinder: the rod bushing
  • Cylinders are pre-lubed with Magnalube-G® grease
  • Pressure rated to 250 PSIG pneumatic and 500 PSIG hydraulic service
  • Magnetic piston option available for cylinder position sensing
  • Multitude of standard options available
Pancake Cylinder

Pancake II Standard Series

  • Available in 4 styles and 8 Bore sizes, 1/2″ thru 4″
  • Strokes to 4″ standard
  • Double acting, single end rod
  • Double acting, double end rod
  • Single acting, spring retract rod
  • Reverse acting, spring extend rod
Pancake Cylinder


  • 8 Bore Sizes (1/2″ to 4″)
  • Strokes to 4″ Standard (consult factory for longer strokes)
  • Self-lubricating Composite Body
  • Clear Anodized Aluminum Alloy Heads
  • Stainless Steel Tie Bolts
  • Duralon® Rod Bearing for Reduced Wear
  • Prelubed with Magnalube-G® Grease
  • Chrome Plated Stainless Steel Piston Rods
  • Air Service to 200 PSI
  • Minimum Recommended Operating Pressure – 15 psi

Temp Ratings:

  • cylinder: -25° to +225°F (-32° to + 121° C)
  • electronic sensors: -4° to +176°F (-20° to + 80° C)
  • Internally Lubricated Buna-N Seals
  • Dozens of Options Available
  • Magnetic Piston Sensing Available

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