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WOB-L Piston Technology
In Vacuum Priming Systems

WOB-L Piston Technology is incorporated in various Q-VAC miniature manual control systems.

Dynamic Compression by a Fixed Piston Inside Cylinder

WOB-L piston pumps work to reduce a volume by a fixed crank-driven piston within a cylinder.

  • Compact, reciprocating design for vacuum or pressure
  • Oil-less, non-lube piston and cylinder
  • Lightweight die cast aluminum components
  • Balanced for low vibration operation
  • All wetted aluminum parts treated for corrosion protection from moisture
  • Long life, high performance piston seal
  • Permanently lubricated bearings
Technical Overview - WOB-L Piston

The WOB-L principle has a unitary piston rod that 'wobbles' inside the cylinder as the crankshaft rotates (See Animation). Taking its name from its principle of operation, the WOB-L trademark was patented by engineers working at Thomas forty years ago.  They provided a piston compressor radically different from any other design on the market at that time and remains a significant innovation in the field of compressor technology today.

Unlike the more conventional articulated piston pump, the WOB-L has no gudgeon pin (wrist pin) connecting the piston rod to the piston. Instead the piston and piston rod are a single item, usually a single casting. The piston rod is mounted to an eccentric bearing assembly, which in turn is mounted to the motor shaft to convert rotary energy from the motor into linear motion of the piston within the cylinder.

The piston is sealed to the cylinder by a flanged disk cup, that forms both a seal and mechanical guide for the piston. It runs without lubrication in contact with a low friction, surface coated cylinder of high heat conductivity. As the piston is driven up and down, air resistance on the upward stroke expands the disk's seal on the piston against the cylinder wall to increase its efficiency, while compensating for the 'wobble' action.

The oil-free operation and exceptional performance characteristics make the WOB-L piston extremely popular in a variety of industries. As a piston pump, an inherent characteristic of the design is the failure mode is a gradual fatigue, rather than a catastrophic failure mode which is a characteristic of many other designs. 

For information regarding priming systems incorporating WOB-L piston technology, please contact us.

We offer the best value in quality automatic vacuum priming systems for centrifugal water pump priming, siphon control systems, and water box primers.  Q-VAC Priming Systems are ideal for power plants, municipal water systems and wastewater treatment plants, industrial applications, irrigation systems, steel mills, and marine applications.  Please contact us for expert assistance in selecting the best solution for your application.

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