CyTec Systems UK Ltd


Founded in 1997, CyTec Systems have grown to be one of the leading suppliers of hydraulic cylinders in the mould and die industry. Customers can expect quality, flexibility, and continous innovations from the company.


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Cytec Systems began trading in the UK and Ireland in 1997 and has grown into one of the leading suppliers of hydraulic cylinders to the mould and die industry. Its range of products now covers both the Cytec range and the AHP Merkle range of standard hydraulic cylinders.

The Cytec Range
As well as locking cylinders Cytec produce a range of clamping and coupling devices which have found many applications for system automation whether in the plastic moulding industry or car production plants. Cytec also works closely with the machine tool industry with the patented range of 2 Axis Direct Drive Milling Heads (CyMill), Motor Spindles (CySpeed) and Direct Drive Rotary Tables (CyTurn).

Many cylinders are available from stock or on short lead times. Full CAD data is available for all cylinders. The range includes:

CyPull – This range of locking cylinders is designed for use with moving side cores on mould tools. Once locked the cylinders hold far higher forces than conventional cylinders, without the need to maintain hydraulic pressure. The HS version locks with preload. The HDD and HSD versions are for pressure die cast moulds.

CyBlock – Based on the successful CyPull cylinder the CyBlock is a locking cylinder with a body design the same as a conventional block cylinder. This allows easy mounting and adjusting to the mould tool.

Others in the clamping technology range:
CyTrac Units – An automatic screw, with many uses where machine parts have to be automatically coupled. A special version has been developed for body framing in the automotive industry.

CyDock: Special coupling device that locks without pre-load.

CyFit: Fluid couplings

CyTab: Pallet clamping system

CyMill – Patented 2 axis milling heads that use direct drive motors. They are subject to virtually no wear and ensure constant precision in the machining result. The simplified, symmetrical design gives high stability and rigidity of the system because all the elements, drives, bearings and spindles are perfectly matched. This applies both for rough machining, in which the axes can be hydraulically clamped in any position, as well as for high-speed finishing.

CySpeed – Range of motor spindles for milling and turning applications, where asynchronous motors can be combined with all common control systems.

CyTurn – Rotary tables that use direct drive motors. Cytec offers a range of tables for milling, turning

The AHP Merkle Range
AHP Merkle specialises in the production of hydraulic block cylinders and standard cylinders. There is a large range of different models with a variety of switching options.

They are ideal for incorporating into mould tools as well as special purpose machines. In addition, AHP Merkle’s range of block cylinders gives the tool designer the ability to modify the stroke to suit the design.

All cylinders can be supplied with switches indicating forward and retracted positions; and all piston rods are
hardened ground and chromed ensuring a long life for the cylinder. 3D CAD data is available from the website. AHP Merkle stands for 100% quality, flexibility and continuous innovations. The range embraces:

Block Cylinders, Push Units, AHP Standard Cylinders, DIN Standard Cylinders, Core Pull Units, Short-Stroke Cylinders, Cube Cylinders, Flanged Cylinders, Double-Lined Cylinders, Circular Block Cylinders, Hydraulic Cylinders with external guide, Screw In Cylinders, Stamping Cylinders, Block Cylinders with non rotating piston rod, Rotating Clamp Units, Rotary Drive Units, Block Cylinders with wedge clamping element or guide element.

As well as quality, flexibility and continuous innovations are at the heart of the company, which aims to set the future in motion with its fine products. “We’ll stake our reputation on it.”

Its website includes a link to its This is the complete ahp-program in one book, including valuable information about how to select and order a cylinder, Tips and Tricks for cylinder assembling and application. The integrated CD with the latest CAD-Data for all cylinders simplifies the design work. AHP Merkle is recognised worldwide and supports sectors including:

  • Tool and mould manufacture
  • Clip tools for die casting industry
  • Aerospace fixtures
  • Machine tool construction
  • General mechanical and special mechanical engineering
  • Automotive
  • Oil and Gas industry



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Contact Details
Company name
CyTec Systems UK Ltd
0161 678 7090

Brian Taylor
Sales Contact
Unit H, 100 Shaw Road (off Daltry Street), , Oldham, Lancashire, OL1 4AB