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Most people have heard the term pneumatic at some time in their life, though; many individuals are unclear as to its meaning. Pneumatics describes mechanical motion that is achieved through the use of compressed gas�usually ambient air, though, inert gasses such as nitrogen is sometimes used as an energy transfer medium. Applications and examples of the mechanical field of pneumatics are all around us; a wide variety of tools utilize pneumatic switches, pneumatic controls, and pneumatic power to perform their tasks.
We�ve all seen and heard the powerful pneumatic jackhammers that are so common on road, sidewalk, and parking lot construction projects. As another example, carpenters on today�s construction sites rarely use hand-held hammers to drive nails anymore, those workers preferring instead pneumatically powered nail guns that are much faster and more efficient. We�re all familiar with the sound of the pneumatic air wrenches used by mechanics when they remove the tires from our car. Additionally, modern day and yesteryear manufacturing plants and factories utilize countless machinery that rely on pneumatic switches to regulate a variety of functions, and pneumatic controls on these sophisticated machineries are equally common.
Compressed air is an extremely reliable energy transfer medium, and it is one that may be easily stored in steel cylinders or tanks for future use in many industrial applications that don�t require an outside source of power (such as electricity) to function. Factories old and new rely heavily on pneumatic switches and pneumatic controls for countless machines that contribute to the manufacture of everything from jumbo jetliners to wire coat hangers.

Compressed Air is free and Non-Toxic

When tremendous forces must be achieved through mechanical motion, such as a bulldozer moving mountains of earth and boulders, compressed air lacks the efficiency as an energy transfer medium to accomplish the task. Bulldozers and other forms of very powerful equipment rely on the mechanical field of hydraulics to effect motion. Where pneumatic switches and pneumatic controls on various machines rely on compressed air, hydraulics relies on liquid energy transfer mediums (usually oil known as hydraulic fluid). If a leak in a highly pressurized hydraulic line should occur, a toxic substance (oil) is introduced into the environment�this liquid may also cause sever damage to adjacent machinery components. If the same leak should occur in a pressurized pneumatic line, nothing more than harmless air is released into the environment, and no danger of worker asphyxiation occurs in an enclosed space.
The many advantages of pneumatics are clear, and it is easy to understand why engineers and designers prefer pneumatic switches and pneumatic controls on sophisticated machineries in environments where hydraulics could pose a significant problem. pneumatic switches needed for many manufacturing processes are extremely reliable, and many can continue to function without electrical power. Pneumatic controls can also be counted on to provide equally reliable performance�small wonder that air power is the energy transfer medium of choice.

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