Basic Pneumatics 110

Reasons to Use Compressed AirHigh power density ... lots of actuation force in a small package

  • Components have a low initial price & are inexpensive to repair or replace
  • Simple control of actuator output force by adjusting the pressure at the regulator
  • Non-polluting .. .leaks have little environmental impact
  • Any mechanical failures are usually gradual ... seals may wear over time
  • Can be used for non-power transmission ... vacuum generation, blow offs, cooling
  • Compressed air has a natural resistance to shocks
  • Power can be easily stored using receiver tanks
  • Actuators can be overloaded and stalled without over-heating problems
  • Components are relatively tolerant of dirty environments
  • Most parts have a Jong service life
  • Simple controls ... one or two inputs and outputs/actuators