March 22, 2022

Introduction to Pneumatics

Pneumatics is a technology that uses compressed air to make things move. Pneumatics has been used for thousands of years and has many industrial and commercial applications. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Define pneumatics • Define compressed air • List the advantages of compressed air • Explain the importance of pneumatics in automation • List industrial and commercial applications where pneumatics are used • Explain the historical evolution of compressed air technology
March 22, 2022

Pneumatic Systems

Pneumatic systems are designed to efficiently produce, prepare, deliver, and use compressed air. As air travels through the system, it is compressed, cleaned, cooled, and treated before it is delivered to a mechanical device. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Define the pneumatic production system • Define the pneumatic consumption system • List the components of the production system • List the components of the consumption system • Explain the qualities of compressed air
March 22, 2022

The Properties of Gases

In a pneumatic system, compressed air is used to create work. Because compressed air is a gas, it is important to understand how gases behave with changes in pressure, temperature, and volume. There are a few fundamental laws of gases that will help you understand these relationships. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Define the three primary states of matter • Explain how temperature affects the states of matter • Explain the relationships between the pressure temperature and volume of a gas • Define pressure • Define flow • Describe humidity and how it is measured • Explain how all of these work together in a pneumatic system
March 22, 2022

Air Compression and Distribution – Part One

Delivering compressed air into industrial pneumatic devices requires a complex system with many important components. Each of these components plays an essential part in the production of the proper amount of quality compressed air. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Define the purpose of an air compressor • Identify the different methods for air compression • Explain how a positive displacement compressor compresses air • Explain how a dynamic compressor compresses air • Define the purpose of the air receiver • Identify the elements of an air receiver
March 22, 2022

Air Compression and Distribution – Part Two

Compressing air produces heat, oil, and concentrated water. Before compressed air is distributed, it must be cooled, dried, and filtered. Once the compressed air is properly prepared, it is then distributed through an engineered network of pipes and fittings. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Explain the need for air dehydration • List the devices used to remove water from the compressed air • Define the need for air filtration • List the types of air distribution systems • List the materials used to construct a distribution system • Explain the advantages of each system • Explain how to size an air distribution system • Define the primary types of air fittings
March 22, 2022

Compressed Air Treatment

Compressed air treatment is a process that includes filtering, lubricating, and regulating the pressure of the air. This process requires the use of several specialized devices. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Explain the need for compressed air treatment • List the types of air treatments • Explain the need for air filtration • List the types of air filters • Explain the need for air pressure regulation • List the types of pressure regulators • Explain the need for air lubrication • List the types of air lubricators
March 22, 2022

Pneumatic Actuators

Pneumatic actuators use compressed air to create mechanical motion. They perform most of the work in an industrial automated system. There are thousands of configurations of actuators to perform any task you could imagine. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Define a pneumatic actuator • List the primary types of pneumatic actuators • Explain how a linear cylinder actuator works • Explain how a rotary actuator works • Describe the purpose of an air gripper
March 22, 2022

Directional Control Valves

Directional control valves are used to manage the flow of compressed air to and from the pneumatic devices. The use of directional control valves simplifies the job of controlling air flow to multiple pneumatic devices. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Explain the purpose of a directional control valve • Demonstrate how a directional control valve works • Understand the types of directional control valves • Be able to classify directional control valves by their function and method of operation • Be able to classify them by the manner in which they are actuated • Identify the type of valve from a schematic symbol • Explain the different types of valve actuation
March 22, 2022

Vacuum Technology

Vacuum is a technology used in an automated system to lift and move products and materials. Like pneumatics, vacuum technology is based upon some of the basic laws of science and physics, but with some differences. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Understand the physical laws that are used in vacuum technology • Explain the importance of pressure when creating a vacuum • Explain how a vacuum is generated • List the types of vacuum • Define the components that are used in a vacuum system • Identify the symbols that are used for vacuum components