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 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. 700-7493
Mfr. Part No.MXS-BT12
BrandSMC
$146.04
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MXS 40.8mm 46.8mm M8 x 1 - - - -10°C - - +60°C - -
RS Stock No. 268-0535
Mfr. Part No.MC 25 ML
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. 686-2652
Mfr. Part No.RBC1412
BrandSMC
$168.45
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RB 67.3mm 92.8mm M14 x 1.5 - 19.6J - -10°C - - +80°C - 15.98N
RS Stock No. 480-4020
Mfr. Part No.MB 8
BrandACE
$28.82
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MB - - - - - - - - 366-3238, 366-3244 - - -
RS Stock No. 202-3104
Mfr. Part No.YSRW-8-14
BrandFesto
$196.09
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YSRW - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 202-3105
Mfr. Part No.YSR-16-20-C
BrandFesto
$290.56
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YSR - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 202-2947
Mfr. Part No.DYEF-M14-Y1F
BrandFesto
$76.98
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DYEF - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 202-3107
Mfr. Part No.YSR-5-5-C
BrandFesto
$132.19
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YSR - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 202-2921
Mfr. Part No.DYEF-S-M16-Y1
BrandFesto
$24.80
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DYEF - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 202-3108
Mfr. Part No.YSR-10-10-C
BrandFesto
$221.77
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YSR - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 203-9994
Mfr. Part No.DYEF-G8-M14-Y1
BrandFesto
$39.42
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DYEF 72mm 74mm - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 268-0658
Mfr. Part No.SC 300EUM-4
BrandACE
$155.63
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SC 87.4mm 117.4mm M20 x 1.5 45000Nm 33Nm 5 → 10N 0°C 5N - +66°C - 10N
RS Stock No. 204-0012
Mfr. Part No.DYSS-G8-8-8-Y1F
BrandFesto
$94.25
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DYSS 49mm 59mm - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 202-2922
Mfr. Part No.DYSW-7-10-Y1F
BrandFesto
$142.64
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DYSW - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 204-0001
Mfr. Part No.DYSS-12-12-Y1F
BrandFesto
$137.50
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DYSS 69.5mm 82.5mm - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 202-2925
Mfr. Part No.DYEF-M8-Y1F
BrandFesto
$59.87
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DYEF - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 202-3126
Mfr. Part No.YSR-12-12-C
BrandFesto
$226.70
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YSR - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 366-3569
Mfr. Part No.S 45
BrandACE
$128.84
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S - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 202-2997
Mfr. Part No.DYEF-M5-Y1F
BrandFesto
$48.54
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DYEF - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 366-3367
Mfr. Part No.AH 20
BrandACE
$16.84
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AH - - - - - - - - MA225EUM, MC225EUM, SC300EUM0-4, SC300EUM5-9 - M20 x 1.5mm -