US 9,810,247 B2
Rotary actuator
Toshikazu Tabuchi, Moriya (JP)
Assigned to SMC CORPORATION, Chiyoda-ku (JP)
Filed by SMC Corporation, Chiyoda-ku (JP)
Filed on Aug. 5, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/818,444.
Claims priority of application No. 2014-177610 (JP), filed on Sep. 2, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2016/0061231 A1, Mar. 3, 2016
Int. Cl. F15B 15/06 (2006.01); F16H 19/04 (2006.01); F15B 15/14 (2006.01)
CPC F15B 15/065 (2013.01) [F16H 19/04 (2013.01); F15B 15/149 (2013.01); F15B 15/1433 (2013.01)] 4 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A rotary actuator comprising:
a cylinder main body through which a first cylinder hole and a second cylinder hole that extend mutually in parallel are formed to penetrate;
a first piston arranged displaceably in the first cylinder hole along an axial direction of the first cylinder hole and on which a first rack is provided;
a second piston arranged displaceably in the second cylinder hole along an axial direction of the second cylinder hole and on which a second rack is provided;
a rotary shaft on which there is provided a pinion that meshes with the first rack and the second rack;
the rotary actuator further comprising:
an end cover which, in a state of being disposed on one end surface of the cylinder main body, forms a first cylinder chamber between the end cover and the first piston by closing an opening on one end side of the first cylinder hole, and forms a second cylinder chamber between the end cover and the second piston by closing an opening on one end side of the second cylinder hole;
a first plug engaged with a wall surface that constitutes an opening on another end side of the first cylinder hole, and forming a third cylinder chamber between the first plug and the first piston; and
a second plug engaged with a wall surface that constitutes an opening on another end side of the second cylinder hole, and forming a fourth cylinder chamber between the second plug and the second piston;
wherein, in the cylinder main body, there are formed:
a first communication passage that communicates with the third cylinder chamber; and
a second communication passage that communicates with the fourth cylinder chamber;
wherein, in the end cover, there are formed:
a first port, which communicates with the first cylinder chamber and the second communication passage, and through which a working fluid flows; and
a second port, which communicates with the second cylinder chamber and the first communication passage, and through which the working fluid flows,
wherein in the end cover, there are formed:
a first communication recess that communicates with the first port and is arranged face-to-face with the opening on the one end side of the first cylinder hole;
a second communication recess that communicates with the second port and is arranged face-to-face with the opening on the one end side of the second cylinder hole;
a third communication recess arranged face-to-face with an opening of the first communication passage that opens on the one end surface of the cylinder main body;
a fourth communication recess arranged face-to-face with an opening of the second communication passage that opens on the one end surface of the cylinder main body;
a first connecting passage that communicates with the first communication recess and the fourth communication recess; and
a second connecting passage that communicates with the second communication recess and the third communication recess,
wherein the second connecting passage, the second communication recess, and the third communication recess are connected with one another to form one recess portion that is formed on an outer surface of the end cover that faces the cylinder main body,
the first connecting passage is formed in an interior of the end cover, straddling the second connecting passage,
the first communication passage extends along the first cylinder hole, and
the second communication passage extends along the second cylinder hole.