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. 686-2652
Mfr. Part No.RBC1412
BrandSMC
SGD127.81
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RB 67.3mm 92.8mm M14 x 1.5 - 19.6J - -10°C - - +80°C - 15.98N
RS Stock No. 686-2655
Mfr. Part No.RBQ2007
BrandSMC
SGD95.51
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RBQ 37.5mm 44.5mm M20 x 1.5 - 11.8J - -10°C - - +80°C - 27.75N
RS Stock No. 366-3474
Mfr. Part No.MA 4575EUM
BrandACE
SGD551.82
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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. 834-358
Mfr. Part No.UM 25
BrandACE
SGD38.29
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UM - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 725-096
Mfr. Part No.RB1412
BrandSMC
SGD124.02
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RB 67.3mm 79.3mm M14 x 1.5 - 19.6J - -10°C - - +80°C - 15.98N
RS Stock No. 366-3266
Mfr. Part No.MC 150 MH
BrandACE
SGD156.32
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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. 847-512
Mfr. Part No.AH 10
BrandACE
SGD7.81
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AH - - - - - - - - FA1008VD-B, MA50EUM, MC25EUM - M10 x 1mm -
RS Stock No. 268-0579
Mfr. Part No.MC 75 M-2
BrandACE
SGD90.87
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MC 52mm 70mm M12 x 1 28200Nm 9Nm 4 → 9N 0°C 4N - +65°C - 9N
RS Stock No. 912-0881
Mfr. Part No.RBC1007
BrandSMC
SGD90.13
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RB 46.7mm 63.7mm M10 x 1 - 5.88J - -10°C - - +80°C - 6.86N
RS Stock No. 843-0430
Mfr. Part No.RB0805
BrandSMC
SGD93.06
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AH - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 725-080
Mfr. Part No.RB2015
BrandSMC
SGD140.79
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RB 73.2mm 88.2mm M20 x 1.5 - 58.8J - -10°C - - +80°C - 20.5N
RS Stock No. 268-0715
Mfr. Part No.SC 650EUM-4
BrandACE
SGD222.57
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SC 106.6mm 143mm M25 x 1.5 68000Nm 73Nm 11 → 32N 0°C 11N - +66°C - 32N
RS Stock No. 366-3395
Mfr. Part No.PP 150
BrandACE
SGD7.09
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PP - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 847-528
Mfr. Part No.AH 12
BrandACE
SGD9.03
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AH - - - - - - - - MA35EUM, MC75EUM - M12 x 1mm -
RS Stock No. 366-3238
Mfr. Part No.MC 10EUML-B
BrandACE
SGD71.69
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MC 28.5mm 38.5mm M8 x 1 4000Nm 1.25Nm 2 → 4N 0°C 2N - +65°C - 4N
RS Stock No. 366-3424
Mfr. Part No.MA 3325EUM
BrandACE
SGD348.69
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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. 834-342
Mfr. Part No.UM 20
BrandACE
SGD35.52
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RS Stock No. 366-3345
Mfr. Part No.MA 150 M-B
BrandACE
SGD153.51
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MA 70mm 92.5mm M14 x 1.5 35000Nm 17Nm 3 5N 0°C 3N - +65°C - 5N
RS Stock No. 366-3418
Mfr. Part No.PP 600
BrandACE
SGD14.34
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PP - - - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 366-3373
Mfr. Part No.AH 25
BrandACE
SGD22.01
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AH - - - - - - - - MA600EUM, MA900EUM, MC600EUM, SC650EUM0-4, SC650EUM5-9, SC925EUM - M25 x 1.5mm -