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Pneumatic Controls and Machinery for Varied Applications

Pneumatics is the use of a pressurized gas to produce mechanical motion, and one of the most familiar applications of pneumatics is the jack hammer we see used by road repair crews, a tool that amply demonstrates the substantial forces that can be generated when compressed air is utilized as an energy transfer medium. Most tools and machines that are pneumatically powered rely on compressed air, though, in certain stand alone systems, other inert gasses such as nitrogen are used. Tools, sophisticated machines for manufacturing, as well as the Pneumatic Controls and air operated counters that are needed to regulate the manufacturing process, can all be powered by compressed air, which is non-toxic, presents no asphyxiation hazard, and best of all, it's free. Manufacturing plants in this country and around the world are all equipped with a fantastic array of extremely complex machines designed specifically for the task at hand. These machines have a countless number of moving parts, movement that, in some cases, is met with considerable resistance, and it takes energy to overcome this resistance and effect these machine part movements. Compressed air is a much favored energy transfer medium for industrial applications, though, Pneumatic Controls and air operated counters that regulate various manufacturing processes are widely seen outside of an industrial setting.

Pneumatics on the Construction Site and in Your Dentist's Office

On most wood framed building construction sites you will notice that all the carpenters have hammers hanging from their tool belts, though, if you pay close attention, you will also notice that the carpenters rarely use them. The sound that is most prevalent during the building of house these days is the sound of air pneumatic powered nail guns that are much faster and more efficient than a hand held hammer. On steel framed projects, pneumatic rivet guns that utilize Pneumatic Controls get the job done, and there are countless other construction applications that utilize the power of compressed air.
Another sound we're all familiar with is the very unpleasant sound generated by the precision drill our dentist uses to repair a decayed tooth, and it, as well as the high speed buffer the hygienist uses to polish your teeth, are both pneumatically powered. From Pneumatic Controls for complex machinery to air powered counters that help regulate and monitor the manufacturing processpneumatic power is all around us.

Pneumatic Power vs. Hydraulics

Hydraulic power utilizes the same general principle of pneumatics, though; the energy transfer medium is a highly non-compressible fluid (usually oil). The chief advantage of a non-compressible medium is reduced energy loss during the transfer process, and as a result, hydraulics is favored when tremendous forces are requiredthe movements of earth moving equipment being a primary example. Pneumatic Controls , machines, and ancillary tools such as air operated counters rely on compressed air, whereas hydraulic systems rely on a toxic medium that can be introduced into the environment if a leak should occur, and as an added detraction, unlike air, we all know hydraulic fluid isn't free.

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