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Pneumatics, Pneumatics & More Pneumatics!

The wonderful world of pneumatics is one you’ll want to explore for all of your linear power transmission projects. Although alternatives such as hydraulics and electric work better in certain machine automation applications, pneumatics is often the preferred solution. This is particularly the case when lower upfront costs and reduced long-term maintenance are important, along with simplicity and reliability. That’s the good news.

The not so good news is that pneumatics can be somewhat complex and confusing due to the many options, products and accessories. But not to worry, AutomationDirect is here to help with expert application advice from our team of engineers and specialists delivered via a phone call, by perusing our award-winning web site, or by watching one of our entertaining and informative videos

Once you decide what pneumatic components you need to automate the linear motion in your machine automation application, rest assured you can find all the required parts and pieces on our web site or in our catalog. There’s no need to work with multiple suppliers and risk whether purchased products will work together. Instead, you can come to us for all your pneumatic project needs from design to procurement to support, and all at no charge!

Our Pneumatic eBook is a great place to start for both new and more advanced users. This recently updated eBook (Coming Soon!) provides a comprehensive guide to the use of pneumatics for machine automation and other applications. Twelve chapters encompassing 60 plus pages provide not only a solid introduction to pneumatics, but also the details required for design, selection and application.

From design basics to available products to systems in action—this practical guide helps inform new and experienced users alike. Handy diagrams, images and tables assists users in selecting the best pneumatics products and following preferred design practices, leading to successful installations.

Check out the content below for even more pneumatic info, and feel free to give us a call with any questions!


What is a Pneumatic System?

In machine automation a pneumatic system provides a simple and cost-effective means to move, clamp, rotate, grind and screw.

Is Tubing or Hose Best for Your Pneumatics Application?

The article looked at some of the differences between tubing and hose, and related fittings—and at best practices for design, selection and implementation of each.

Proper Air Preparation for Automated Machines

Available in many combinations, filters and regulators are a must-have on any machine. Other devices to perform functions such as energy isolation, lockout tagout and lubrication should also be considered.

The Simplicity of Pneumatics

Just like electricity, natural gas and water, compressed air is often a required utility in manufacturing facilities.

Combining Components in Pneumatic Systems Designs

Pneumatics have been used in industrial machines and manufacturing plants and facilities for decades, so most of the basic components are tried and true, with significant innovations few and far between.

Pneumatic Energy Efficiency | White Paper

This White Paper explores specific areas of pneumatic systems which can often be overlooked and provides key information to help you get the most out of your pneumatic system without the cost of unnecessary energy consumption.

Basic Pneumatic Circuits | White Paper

Pneumatics have been used in automated machines for well over 100 years, with pneumatic technology developing and evolving for over a thousand years in some form or another, for example as boat sails.

Calculating Air Consumption

Check out this handy air consumption calculator that will tell you the SCFM that will be consumed. Enter your bore size, stroke length, cycles per minute and inlet pressure to get started.

Understanding Circuit Symbols

Directional air control valves are the building blocks of pneumatic control.

Pneumatic Cylinder Design Factors

Pneumatic systems are widely used for many reasons. They’re durable, clean, affordable, and fairly easy to install and maintain. They move loads in a variety of ways: pushing, pulling, lifting, lowering, and rotating.

Pick the Right Solenoid Valve

To control pneumatic cylinders and actuators with fluid power, air flow must be reliably controlled, typically with a solenoid valve.

Determining Thread Sizes

Threaded fittings are used extensively to facilitate the connection of components, tubing and hose that make up all pneumatic systems. The different thread types and sizes can be confusing.

Pneumatics eBook

This eBook is for users who wish to advance their pneumatic knowledge. It covers a wide range of topics such as circuit symbols, component capability, integrating pneumatics with controls as well as improving pneumatic efficiency. Read More –>