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Sources of Pneumatic Energy

Pneumatic energy refers to power related to pressurized air. This pressure can be static, or it can be in motion. The majority of industrial machinery will utilize pneumatic energy, and it will have at least one source of pneumatic energy. For it to work properly, most industrial equipment will turn pneumatic energy into forms of kinetic or potential energy.

Pneumatic energy can be dangerous, so it is critical that it be contained. Pneumatic energy needs to be controlled so it can work accurately. According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are hundreds of injuries annually from pneumatic energy.

Eye injuries are one of the occupational hazards of using pneumatic energy. These injuries usually occur from the release of pressure or blown debris. Skin abrasions or punctures are other common injuries. These happen when the skin is exposed to high-pressure fluid stream. Unexpected machine motion from pneumatic pressure can also lead to serious workforce injuries.

Because of the risk of injury, it is so important for pneumatic energy to be controlled. There are different sources used to monitor pneumatic energy. One of these ways is through pneumatic energy isolation. Various devices are used through this source. Piston-type pneumatic valves are one device that isolates the energy. They do this by stopping air flow and venting the system. Ball valves, a non-venting gate, and Quick-Disconnect connectors are other devices used to isolate pneumatic energy.

Another source that’s used to control pneumatic energy is lockout devices. These devices work in a positive way. In one example they use a lock and key to keep the isolation device in a safe position.