Pneumatic systems are used extensively in industrial automation and are usually powered by compressed air. Pneumatic systems use actuators such as cylinders that are typically controlled via solenoid valves, and are used when they can provide a lower cost, more flexible, or safer alternative to electric actuators.
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.
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).
NITRA modular directional pneumatic solenoid valve systems allow the designer to simplify installation, wiring and plumbing. The space-saving design and flexibility allow pneumatic control to be tailor-made for a specific application. Systems can be controlled via Ethernet/IP communications or hard-wired discrete signals. Systems are available in panel or direct machine mounting styles.
Directional control pneumatic solenoid valves are electrically operated to direct airflow to sequence operations in pneumatic systems. Basic solenoid valves are used to control cylinders, rotary actuators, grippers and other pneumatic devices, and are available in a range of body styles and operating characteristics.
Directional control pneumatic solenoid valves are electrically operated to direct airflow to sequence operations in pneumatic systems. Small solenoid valves are particularly useful in space-constrained applications and can be used individually or with manifolds for multi-valve installations.
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.
AVS-5 series directional control air valves are body ported 5-port (4-way) spool valves.
These high quality, square DIN style connectors and over-molded solenoid cables dramatically reduce wiring time.
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.
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).
Push-to-Connect Union Pneumatic Fittings (Thermoplastic)
Quick-connect fittings and quick release air fittings require no tools for connection and dis-connection of tubing.
Push-to-Connect Pneumatic Fittings (Stainless Steel)
These fittings are made with 316 stainless steel bodies and 303 stainless steel gripping collets with internal Viton o-ring. Threaded components are 316 stainless steel.
Threaded fittings are machined from quality brass bar stock or forgings. They work well with air, water, oil, oxygen, nitrogen and argon. Available in most popular styles and sizes, the fittings all have NPT threaded connections.
Secure hoses with plated steel adjustable or stainless steel interlocking hose clamps; hose clamp crimping tools are available
Quick-Disconnect Air Couplings
These couplings allow easy changing of tools or hose connections. The quick disconnect couplings (female) and plugs (male) are available in three of the most popular styles: IND, ARO and Truflate.
Swivel Air Fittings
These fittings allow easy changing of tools or hose connections and prevent kinking and strain on supply lines.
NITRA brass pneumatic air jets are useful for numerous applications including cooling, chip removal, moving small parts, etc.
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.
Pressure switches and sensors are designed to monitor relative system pressure in many applications such as hydraulics and pneumatics.