Shock Absorbers

Shock absorbers are devices used to stop a moving load smoothly and slowly. Shock absorbers can be hydraulic or pneumatic and are used in a variety of industrial and commercial applications. RS Components offer a range of high-quality pneumatic shock absorbers, absorber stop collars and mounting equipment from leading brands such as Festo, SMC and ACE.

How does a shock absorber work?

Shock absorbers are self-contained devices that use compressed air or oil under pressure to provide a soft cushion or damping effect. The compressed air or pressurised oil is forced through a series of internal valves which restrict the flow. They convert kinetic energy of a load which is then dissipated to atmosphere.

Applications for a shock absorber

Shock absorbers are used in a wide range of applications. They are used where energy absorption is needed. Typical applications include

  • Suspension systems
  • Automation control
  • Robots
  • Hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders
  • Vibration control
  • Dispensing and vending machines
  • Pumps and motors
  • Linear actuators

Shock absorber types

Shock absorbers can be adjustable or self-compensating. Adjustable types have a manual adjustable dial which enables you to adjust the device to suit the load. Self compensating types typically use hydraulic oil which is forced through small orifices as the piston retracts.


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Description Price Manufacturer Series Shock Absorber Type Body Length Overall Length Connection Type Maximum Energy Capacity Per Hour Maximum Energy Capacity Per Cycle Return Force Minimum Operating Temperature Minimum Return Force Compatible With Maximum Operating Temperature Thread Size Maximum Return Force
RS Stock No. 366-3317
Mfr. Part No.MC 600EUM
BrandACE
$216.58
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MC - 110.3mm 141.9mm M25 x 1.5 68000Nm 136Nm 5 → 10N 0°C 5N - +66°C - 10N
RS Stock No. 480-3825
Mfr. Part No.MB 20
BrandACE
$35.19
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MB - - - - - - - - - 268-0642, 268-0658, 268-0664, 268-0670, 366-3288, 366-3294, 366-3301, 834-241 - - -
RS Stock No. 366-3424
Mfr. Part No.MA 3325EUM
BrandACE
$414.22
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MA - 83mm 138mm M33 x 1.5 169000Nm 170Nm 45 to 90N -12°C 45N - +70°C - 90N
RS Stock No. 366-3430
Mfr. Part No.MA 3350 M
BrandACE
$466.66
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MA - 108mm 189mm M33 x 1.5 180000Nm 340Nm 45 to 135N -12°C 45N - +70°C - 135N
RS Stock No. 768-1631
Mfr. Part No.RBC2015
BrandSMC
$162.56
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RB - 73.2mm 105.2mm M20 x 1.5 - 58.8J - -10°C - - +80°C - 20.5N
RS Stock No. 366-3266
Mfr. Part No.MC 150 MH
BrandACE
$174.44
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MC - 69.1mm 86.6mm M14 x 1.5 34000Nm 20Nm 3 → 8N 0°C 3N - +66°C - 8N
RS Stock No. 912-0888
Mfr. Part No.RBC1006
BrandSMC
$94.31
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RB - 46.7mm 62.7mm M10 x 1 - 3.92J - -10°C - - +80°C - 6.18N
RS Stock No. 366-3474
Mfr. Part No.MA 4575EUM
BrandACE
$590.98
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MA - 145mm 246mm M45 x 1.5 282000Nm 1170Nm 50 to 180N -12°C 50N - +70°C - 180N
RS Stock No. 366-3452
Mfr. Part No.MA 4525EUM
BrandACE
$523.60
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MA - 95mm 145mm M45 x 1.5 192000Nm 390Nm 70 to 100N -12°C 70N - +70°C - 100N
RS Stock No. 268-0563
Mfr. Part No.MC 25 MH
BrandACE
$74.87
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MC - 43mm 57.6mm M10 x 1 22600Nm 2.8Nm 3 → 6N 0°C 3N - +65°C - 6N
RS Stock No. 366-3468
Mfr. Part No.MA 4550EUM
BrandACE
$581.03
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MA - 120mm 195mm M45 x 1.5 248000Nm 780Nm 70 to 145N -12°C 70N - +70°C - 145N
RS Stock No. 366-3480
Mfr. Part No.QF 33
BrandACE
$31.61
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QF - - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 366-3395
Mfr. Part No.PP 150
BrandACE
$7.37
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PP - - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 834-235
Mfr. Part No.FA 1210 MB
BrandACE
$148.76
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FA - - 84mm M12 x 1 6000Nm 3Nm 5 to 10N -5°C 5N - +65°C - 10N
RS Stock No. 834-229
Mfr. Part No.FA 1008 VB
BrandACE
$125.07
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FA - 51mm 65.5mm M10 x 1 3600Nm 1.5Nm 3 to 6N 0°C 3N - +66°C - 6N
RS Stock No. 700-7594
Mfr. Part No.RB1007
BrandSMC
$97.38
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RB - 40.8mm 53.7mm M10 x 1 - 5.88J - -10°C - - +80°C - 6.86N
RS Stock No. 843-0430
Mfr. Part No.RB0805
BrandSMC
$96.80
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AH - - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 686-2655
Mfr. Part No.RBQ2007
BrandSMC
$102.29
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RBQ - 37.5mm 44.5mm M20 x 1.5 - 11.8J - -10°C - - +80°C - 27.75N
RS Stock No. 480-3819
Mfr. Part No.BV 25 SC
BrandACE
$133.24
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BV - - - - - - - - - MA600EUM, SC650EUM0-4, SC650EUM5-9 - - -
RS Stock No. 268-0579
Mfr. Part No.MC 75 M-2
BrandACE
$107.59
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MC - 52mm 70mm M12 x 1 28200Nm 9Nm 4 → 9N 0°C 4N - +65°C - 9N