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A Review of Pneumatic Control Systems

Pneumatics is a long-standing important technology used to help the performance of mechanical work. You can often find pneumatic control systems used in the development of various automation solutions. Most compressed air applications utilize one or more of the below functions:Pneumatic Controls

  1. Using a final control element to switch actuators
  2. Performing consistent work (actuators)
  3. Information processing
  4. Determining the current status of processors

Complex logic interconnections of switching conditions and statuses are necessary to control machinery. Pneumatic control systems largely depend on pneumatic valves, controls, and sensors.

A pneumatic cylinder has one of the most important roles in the system (as a linear drive unit). A pneumatic cylinder is ideal because it is:

  • Easy to install
  • Low cost
  • Robust and simple construction
  • Available in various stroke lengths and sizes

Benefits of using pneumatic control systems include:

Explosion Proof – compressed air is used in high-risk environments because it does not run the risk of fire or overheating (unlike electric and fuel).

Simple Components – the operating components (i.e., pneumatic controls & pneumatic valves) have low costs because their construction is simplistic.

Overload Safe – pneumatic controls and other operating components can be loaded to the maximum working load. Once the system goes above this threshold, the system stops, which creates safe overloading.

Noise Levels – noise levels used to be a big problem when using pneumatic controls, but modern technology has largely solved this problem. Silencers and sound absorption materials make pneumatic control systems run quietly without sacrificing performance.

Pneumatic Controls

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