Fax: 732-291-8154
Email: Info@ekci.com

Pneumatic Controllers Provide Unmatched Reliability

By rinley
Mar, 16 2009

All machines involve the movement of numerous parts, and mechanical movement requires an energy source and energy transfer medium. One of the best ways to achieve mechanical motion is through the use of compressed gasses, which describes a mechanical field known as pneumatics. Pneumatic controllers, pneumatic timers, and a whole host of other machinery controls will oftentimes rely on compressed air as energy transfer medium to achieve mechanical motion. Because compressed air is a highly stable and reliable energy transfer medium, items such as pneumatic controllers and pneumatic counters can be trusted to provide consistent performance using an energy source that can be stored in compressed air tanks and made available during a power outage.

Pneumatic pistons, pneumatic counters, pneumatic controllers, and all air-powered parts of manufacturing or assembly machineries can be counted on for years of reliable performance due to the simplicity of pneumatics. Sophisticated electronic controls have their place in manufacturing today, but many machine designers and engineers prefer to avoid the many points of failure of complex controls, opting instead for the more reliable pneumatic controllers and pneumatic counters, etc.

Pneumatics Vs. Hydraulics

Forces under pressure can result in mechanical motion, and in the case of pneumatics, compressed air is the energy transfer medium. If a leak in a supply hose should occur, nothing more than harmless air is released into the environment. Pneumatic controllers and pneumatic counters (for example) that are part of a complex manufacturing or assembly machine pose no danger to the machine if a leak should occur—harmless air will hurt nothing. With hydraulics, however, fluids (highly toxic oils) are placed under great pressure in order to achieve mechanical motion. If our pneumatic controllers and pneumatic counters were powered by hydraulics when a leak should occur, these toxic oils (hydraulic fluid) would be released into the environment, as well as onto the machine it was attached to, and significant damage to expensive equipment could result.

If a leak should occur in a compressed air line, no threat to human health is created. If a worker is exposed to hydraulic fluid, on the other hand, a worker or other nearby individuals could be sickened. Clearly, compressed air is the cleaner and greener energy transfer medium, which is why pneumatic counters, pneumatic controllers, and other machine controls are, more often than not, powered by compressed air.

Pneumatic Machines Are All Around Us   

Air power provides many workers with reliable and efficient tools. The car mechanic at the auto repair shop uses air-powered wrenches to greatly speed up the work he or she performs on your car, a carpenter drives nails with lightning speed using an air-powered nail gun, a dental hygienist polishes your teeth using air-powered equipment, etc. Air powered tools and machines are all around us, and pneumatic controllers, pneumatic timers, and many other components will continue to be found on countless machinery for many years to come.


Pneumatic Controllers