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Important Terminology

When working with pneumatic devices, it is important to learn the special terminology that will be used when talking about the system. This will make reading manuals for the system easy. It will also be possible to easily convey problems to repair companies. This article will define some of the most commonly used verbiage associated with pneumatic systems.

Valve actuator: this is the mechanism that opens and closes valves. An actuator can be used for pneumatics, hydraulics, and electrics.

Ambient temperature: This temperature can be calculated by measuring the heat of the air that surrounds the pneumatic device. To get the most accurate ambient temperature, you should measure the heat surrounding the actuator.

Duty cycle: All devices are designed to operate continuously over specific periods of time. A duty cycle is a percentage of that time. A pneumatic actuator always has a 100% duty cycle.

Fail-safe: This term is used outside the field of pneumatics, and for the most part it means practically the same thing. A fail-safe is a device that is set up to protect the whole system if something bad happens. In a pneumatic system, a fail-safe will switch to a safe state if there is a complete loss of power.

The above list barely scratches the surface of the full list of terms. Learning more about the different language will allow you to properly use pneumatic counters and pneumatic valves.