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Important Information for users of Pneumatic Timers

Pneumatic Timers are complex devices that help control air flow in a pneumatic component. For any operator, there is important information to know about these intricate timers. Below is a compilation of frequently asked questions regarding the proper use of pneumatic timers. 

How does a Pneumatic Timer Operate?

First, it is crucial to set time delay of the timer. This is accomplished by switching on the air supply in the pneumatic system.  

Can Pneumatic Timers operate cylinders?

Most timers are constructed as pilot devices, and cannot operate cylinders directly. Timers can, and should, be utilized for larger control valves.

What kind of gas can be used with a Pneumatic timer?

All pneumatic timers operate with inert gases. Each different timer has a minimum and maximum operating pressure, which signifies the suitable gas for the device. Every pneumatic timer exhausts into the atmosphere and therefore, cannot be ported or blocked.  

What exactly is an inert gas?

By definition, inert gases are substances that do not undergo chemical reactions, under any conditions or scenarios. Inert gases are popular for industries that require complete mitigation of all destructive chemical reactions. For example: Oxidation, flammability, hydrolysis, and corrosion are all undesirable effects that can happen when a non-inert gas is used in an industrial application.

Can Pneumatic timers be operated with other gases?

This question can be answered with both yes, and no.  Pneumatic timers are constructed to work with any inert gas, but other gases can be used in their place.  It all depends on the minimum and maximum operating levels and the industrial process.

What is the optimal environment for a timer?

Timers are designed to function in a controlled environment, but can be operational throughout a wide range of industrial applications. The most common application for pneumatic timers is the automation industry. Since the automation industry relies on a plethora of electrical components, many timers function in a climate controlled environment; components are shielded from outdoor elements, extreme temperatures, and additional hazards. Many pneumatic timers are designed to be stored inside of a control panel or cabinet, which is further protected from corruptive elements. Inside of the control panel are other components that are crucial to the success of the automated process.  Cabinets provide the majority of protection from dust, corrosive agents, and additional factors.

There are many additional facts to learn about pneumatic timers. If you are interested in further research, contact a professional in the pneumatic timer industry.