Pneumatic systems, powered by compressed air, use manual, air-pilot, or solenoid valve actuators for control, and offer a lower cost, more flexible, or safer alternative to electric actuators for industrial and commercial applications.
Often regarded as the fourth utility after electricity, natural gas and water, compressed air is widely used in manufacturing facilities. Basic pneumatic components such as valves, cylinders, hoses and fittings can be combined in many ways to provide simple and reliable machine control. Pneumatic power transmission is often the best way to grip, lift, press, shift or stack products. With the addition of some passive or adaptive control - as simple as a regulator in many cases - applications such as tensioning, crimping, cutting and labeling are feasible and practical.
Guide to Pneumatic System design
Pneumatic air filters, pneumatic pressure regulators, air lubricators, air relief valves and soft-start valves are available in a wide variety of port sizes to meet a broad range of pneumatic air supply filtration, air regulation and compressed air lubrication applications. The modular design allows stand-alone applications and also enables easy field assembly for combining pneumatic filters, pneumatic pressure regulators, air lubricators, and air relief valves (Using modular assembly brackets which must be purchased separately).
Directional control pneumatic solenoid valves are electrically operated to sequence airflow to control operations in pneumatic systems. Solenoid valves are used to control cylinders, rotary actuators, and other pneumatic devices.
Vacuum products from Schmalz offer an innovative way to safely pick up and move a load in applications such as pick and place.
Glass filled nylon or brass bodies, Viton seals, brass or stainless operators.
These high quality, square DIN style connectors and over-molded solenoid cables dramatically reduce wiring time.
AVS-5 series directional control air valves are body ported 5-port (4-way) spool valves.
Add exhaust silencers (pneumatic mufflers) to the exhaust ports of NITRA directional control solenoid valves to reduce noise.
Pneumatic cylinders use compressed air acting on a piston with rod inside a cylinder to move a load along a linear path. Both single acting (single air port for actuation with spring return) and double acting (dual air ports for both actuation and return) cylinders are available with various stroke lengths and bore sizes.
Rodless cylinders perform the same function as rodded cylinders but instead of pushing/pulling a load with a rod attached to a piston, the load is carried alongside the piston and does not require the space needed to extend/retract a rod. Various stroke lengths are offered up to 1000mm.
NITRA Rotary Actuators are available in four body sizes with or without shock absorbers. All are double acting and have an adjustable travel range from zero to 190 degrees. Anodized aluminum bodies include integral mounting slots for position switches.
NITRA Grippers are available in both parallel and angular travels in seven different body sizes. Grippers are either double acting, single acting normally closed or single acting normally open. Anodized aluminum bodies include integral mounting slots for position switches.
The NITRA CPS Series of cylinder position switches offers a robust, yet cost-effective, interface between pneumatic or hydraulic actuators and electrical control systems. Using state-of- the-art magnetic sensing technology, these switches are designed for use with cylinders that have a magnet incorporated in the cylinder piston. They can be used to provide cylinder position indication, cycle count, or to confirm operation. NITRA cylinder position switches are available in nine styles with accessories to fit many different styles of cylinders or actuators.
Pressure switches and sensors are designed to monitor relative system pressure in many applications such as hydraulics and pneumatics.
Pneumatic Dial Pressure Gauges and Digital Pressure Gauges
I/P Transducers are electro-pneumatic regulators that control air pressure with a 4-20mA signal. NITRA NCPx Series electro-pneumatic transducers (I/P) convert a 4-20 mA current signal (I) from a PLC or other controller to a linear pneumatic output pressure (P).
Tubing and hose are a convenient way to connect pneumatic control components. All-purpose tubing options accommodate a variety of application needs. Hose generally refers to tubing with connectors pre-attached.
$8.00 / 2.2ft.
Push-to-connect fittings are easily installed and work well with flexible tubing to make sealed connections.
$3.50 / 5pk.
Adapter fittings connect components with identical or different thread sizes in a fluid system.Threaded fittings are machined from quality brass bar stock or forgings, have industry-standard NPT threaded connections, and work well with air, water, oil, oxygen, nitrogen and argon.
$2.75 / 2pk.
Hose clamps are used to attach hose securely to barbed fittings and other devices.
$5.25 / 10pk.
Quick-disconnect air couplings allow fast and easy pneumatic tool and fitting changes.
Quick-disconnect swivel air fittings allow easy tool or hose changes. Two independent-rotation points allow a full 360° circular rotation and 45° angled rotation for quick pneumatic tool changes without kinking or adding strain on the supply lines.
Pneumatic control and monitoring devices combined with convenient push-to-connect fittings create lightweight, miniature versions of many popular system components. Threaded versions of popular valve types are available for easy inline control of air flow and pressure. Special-purpose fittings can be plumbed into a machine either permanently or for low-cost troubleshooting or testing.
$6.50 / 2pk.
Brass pneumatic air jets are useful for numerous applications including cooling, chip removal, moving small parts, etc.
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Manifolds provide a convenient junction point for the distribution of fluids or gases. Simply thread fittings into the ports to produce an organized method of supplying multiple lines from a single source. Manifolds are available with up to 10 stations, unless otherwise noted.
Pneumatic blow guns (or air gun nozzles) are available in heavy duty palm type with safety tip or in aluminum and plastic pistol grip versions.
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