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Pneumatic Equipment: What, How, and Why?

DAS Services Inc.

Let’s start with what

Pneumatic equipment is a tool that moves or functions with the help of gas or pressurized air. The movement can be attained via different components, and a constant supply of compressed air can be achieved by compressing the atmospheric air. It is for this reason that pneumatic equipment can work perfectly in a fixed installation, like in factories. 

How does pneumatic equipment work?

Pneumatic equipment uses a variety of components to effect motion, as well as for regulating purposes. To attain efficient movement and control, the equipment uses the following components:

  1. Pneumatic Actuators: Actuators are used to prompt control pneumatic valves to cause motion. Basic pneumatic actuators are commonly used for loading and unloading or in assembly lines. 
  2. Pneumatic Cylinders: The cylinders are a mechanical device in pneumatic equipment that produces force through compressed air. Compressed air enters through the tube once the pneumatic cylinders are actuated to produce a force on the piston that causes movement of the piston. 
  3. Pneumatic Fittings: This component provides control for the pneumatic equipment by attaching to valves and providing gas-tight pneumatic movement. 
  4. Pneumatic Pumps: This pneumatic equipment sucks in outside air, then compresses and harnesses it for use in the pneumatic process. Pneumatic pumps are the air exhausting mechanism for your system. 
  5. Pneumatic Seals: Basically used in pneumatic valves and cylinders, Pneumatic seals prevent any air leakage. This component thrives well in low-pressure instances. 

Why use Pneumatic equipment instead of hydraulics 

As a savvy manufacturer, it is common to look for ways of reducing costs while at the same times improving throughput. It is true that the upfront cost of electronic power equipment is relatively lower, but the pneumatic system, on the other hand, offers a lower overall cost of ownership as well as greater productivity in the long-run. Let’s see why pneumatic equipment and not others.

  1. No electric shock risk: In most cases, these tools are used in an environment where conductive materials, moisture, and combustible liquids are present. Naked wires and damaged cords pose a threat to the operator of the equipment as a result of electrical shock. In contrast, since pneumatic equipment uses air, there is no electricity whatsoever and their moving parts generate no sparks. 
  2. Increased productivity: Increasing productivity is a priority for any type of operation and pneumatic tools can help you effectively meet your goals. 
  3. Ease of service: When running a business, it is obvious that you want to use as little downtime as possible when upgrading or servicing your equipment. Pneumatic equipment can run up to 2000 hours before maintenance as opposed to 60 to 120 hours for electrical equipment.
  4. High performance: Pneumatic equipment are designed to run 24 hours a day 7 days a week, explaining why they are most commonly used in metal fabrication facilities, shipyards, offshore oil platforms, petrochemical refining plants, and oil power plants.  
  5. Easy to move around: Pneumatic tools are air-powered, which means they use air-compressors, unlike the electrical ones which use motors to operate. The pneumatic tools are very light because they are not attached to the bulk motor.
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