Make Your Own Low Friction Device

Could you benefit from a combination of any of these properties for a mechanism that YOU have an idea for?

  • Friction less than 1 gm
  • No seals
  • No lubrication
  • Clean operation
  • Thermal stability over an extreme temperature range
  • Very low mass
  • Cycle life that can range into the billions
  • No deterioration or change in performance due to age or non-use
  • Ability to respond to exceedingly low forces and pressures
  • Ability to run at ultra-high speeds
  • Ability to move linearly and rotationally simultaneously

Frequently, innovative engineers get ideas that could enhance their designs by adapting a standard purchased component to provide a non-standard function. Over the years, many Airpot customers have taken advantage of an opportunity to use our piston / cylinder sets for purposes outside their normal functional categories. For example, our components have been used as bearings, vacuum pickups, rate of climb indicators, earthquake sensors, spool valves, flow meters, pressure sensors, and many other uses that fall outside the normal scope of our Airpot Dashpots, Actuators, or Airpel Anti-Stiction Air Cylinders.

make your own low friction device

We are happy to work with customers who would like to adapt any of our products to suit their novel requirements. We also can provide value added subassembly services. Please contact us if you have a need that you think might benefit by the adaptability of our special components.


Typically, the types of data we use to help customers select an Airpot component for non-standard use are shown below. Please consider any that seem relevant to your application’s requirements:

Lowest input force likely
Highest input force likely
Output Force Required
Load on piston
Max Input Pressure
Max Output Pressure
Min pressure differential

Click here to see our actuator and piston/cylinder kit constructions and specifications for applicability.