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Transmitting Energy with Pneumatics

Pneumatics systems utilize both potential and kinetic energy to make machines perform functions. The energy in a pneumatic system is stored in the form of compressed air. Kinetic energy (working energy/pressure) happens when the potential compressed air is allowed to expand.

The working energy used in pneumatic systems is under directed control. Systems must be kept under complete control at all instances. If control is not kept, there is a potential risk of harmed employees and broken systems. If pressure is not controlled the actuator will not receive steady pressure. It will also waste energy. Pneumatic systems, unlike electrical and gas systems, are easily controllable when transmitting energy. This is done with the help of pneumatic valves. The control is kept at two points: this is beyond the air receiver tank and after the compressor.

Energy that is delivered to pneumatic systems by compressors is stored potentially, meaning it is not used immediately. It is stored in an air receiver tank. There are safety systems built into the machines to prevent bursts in the system. Potential energy (compressed air), if over compressed, will eventually explode. All systems are designed with features (sensors) that measure air pressure in air receiver tanks. Once the desired Psi is reached, the compressors cut off. Not only does this safety feature help to keep systems and workers safe, it also helps to cut down on energy costs.

Pneumatic systems have many different parts that allow the system to be easy to use and incredibly beneficial. Pneumatic timers, pneumatic valves, pneumatic counters, pneumatic cylinders, and pneumatic indicators, are all available to help give users the total control they truly need.