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Consuming Compressed Air

Three common examples of components that consume compressed air are directional control valves, execution components, and assistant valves. Knowing the difference between the three above devices sheds light on how compressed air is consumed.

  • A pneumatic execution part will supply rectilinear and rotary movements. Cylinder pistons and pneumatic motors are types of pneumatic execution components. Many cylinder types are associated with execution parts, including:
    • Single acting cylinder: the single variant has one entrance designed to allow compressed air to flow through, which produces thrust in that direction. Piston rods are propelled in the opposite direction with the help of internal springs or external forces from mechanical movement.
    • Double acting cylinder: air pressure in these devices is applied alternately (compared to the surface of the piston). It produced a propelling force as well as retracting force. The active area around the piston is small, so thrust produced is usually weak.
  • Directional control valves are used to guarantee the flow of air between air ports. This is done through openings, closings, and changing internal connections. Classifications for these systems is dependent upon the number of ports and the amount of switching positions. The most common types of directional controls are 3/2, 2/2, 5/2. The first number in the group stands for ports, and the second number designates the number of positions.
  • Control valves control the flow of air. The most common examples include flow control valves, non-return valves, and shuttle valves.

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