Today, a couple of our double-acting pistons became bent. Fortunately, I was able to bend them back into working condition, but it was a scary moment for a while.
I had a couple of questions though:
If a piston becomes bent once, will the bend more and more often afterwards? How much, if so?
How can I make sure the pistons will not be set up in a position to become bent in the future? This time, the pistons became bent because the c-bracket that comes with the pneumatics were attached on a c-channel without support on both sides.
If a piston is bent back into working order (the piston moves in and out smoothly), will the cylinder experience any air leaks?