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Pneumatic Control Systems Have Widespread Applications

Pneumatic Control Systems Have Widespread Applications

Mechanical motion may be achieved in a variety of ways, and one of those means is through the use of pressurized gas in an application known as pneumatics. Pneumatic control systems typically rely on compressed air that is harmless to the environment and to humans, which can be important if a leak in the system should occur. Environmental and health safety issues are just some of the reasons that pneumatic control systems are widely utilized in nearly every form of manufacturing in existence today.

We’ve all seen pneumatics at work; the jackhammer used by road repair crews is perhaps the most common and easily identifiable application of pneumatics, and the tool offers a good indication of what the power of compressed air can accomplish.

Many of the products we use in everyday life were manufactured in factories that utilize the clean air energy of pneumatics somewhere along their assembly line, and almost all factories are designed and built with the idea that air powered manufacturing equipment will eventually be installed—the compressed air lines required are almost always included in the design and construction of any manufacturing facility. The air powered machines that dominate these factories are also regulated and monitored by pneumatic control systems that offer safety of use and superb reliability.

Pneumatics Outside of the Factory

Long gone are the days when most carpenters use a hand held hammer to drive a nail. On nearly every wood framed building construction site we hear the ever present sound of an air compressor charging its storage tank while carpenters use pneumatic nail guns to drive half a dozen nails in the time it would take to sink one with a hammer. Greater productivity and reduced construction costs result, all achieved through the use of compressed air. Pneumatic machinery and pneumatic control systems helped to revolutionize the world of mechanical motion, and new applications for pneumatics continue to be developed by engineers worldwide.

Your Dentist Relies on the Clean Power of Pneumatics

Pneumatic control systems and manufacturing machines are ideally suited for any application where precise levels of performance are required. Your dentist’s chair is surrounded by a complex array of precision equipment, the high speed drills and tooth polishing equipment oftentimes powered by compressed air.

Wet Versus Dry

Another compressible energy transfer medium used to effect motion is oil, which is used in a mechanical application known as hydraulics. Oil, or hydraulic fluid is much harder to compress than air, though, less energy is lost in the transfer process. Hydraulics and pneumatics effect motion in similar ways, though, it’s easy to see the advantage of air power should a leak in a system occur.

Pneumatic control systems mounted to a piece of manufacturing equipment offer no opportunity to damage the machine in the event of a leak, whereas a hydraulically operated control could shower the equipment with toxic and damaging oil should a breach in a pressurized line occur. For this reason alone, pneumatic control systems are the obvious choice for most manufacturers today.


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