Pneumatic Fittings And Their Many Uses
Pneumatics basically operate like hydraulics but channel power expanding gases, such as air, using a compressor or neutral gases rather t Pneumatics are a section of mechanics that manages usage of pressurized gas or air through the use of strategically located electric air compressors. These compressors power many pneumatic systems, such as air motors for inflating tires, balloons, hand, hair and other blowers, etc. Pneumatics are a swiftly growing part of our modernization, and are currently being used in robotics, enabling them to appear softer and to move with more natural muscular motions, unlike the jerky movements depicted in earlier robot arms, legs, etc.
Most Popular Pneumatic Fittings and Their Purpose:
Push -To-Connect fittings need no tools to install – just push them into place using male to female connections. There are various sizes and configurations, such as elbow, tee, double and triple connects fittings. These are available in plastic and various metals, depending on preference. If push-to-connect is not preferred, threaded varieties are available. Pneumatic pipe fittings are available in brass or steel, are threaded, are available in several sizes, and serve many functions. NPT M style couplers and Plug Kits are available in 1/4” size, withstands 40 cubic feet per minute max, temperature is 250 degrees max. , and has a maximum of 300 pounds per square inch (psi). Swivel Air Fittings are popular because they disconnect quickly, making changing and replacing quick and easy. Moving without pulling on the line or jamming it up is easy because of the two points of rotation allow for a 360 degree circular movement and a 45 degree rotation for more versatility. This coupler is threaded ¼“.
NITRA plugs the male fitting and varies in style and sizes. Pneumatic Air Hoses are available either straight or coiled, as preferred and depending on intended use. These hoses come equipped with fittings already attached to both ends. Most hoses are made of polyurethane or nylon. Special Purpose Push-To-Connect pneumatic fittings that are used in tandem with pneumatic drives can create lighter and smaller versions of system elements, such as regulators, flow controllers, hand valves, gauges, and more. There are many more pneumatic fittings for many other uses than there is room here to list and as there are many accessories to accommodate them.
Here is a little history about pneumatic uses and and some recent information: Unknown by the majority, the first pneumatic tool was simple air compressor known as the hand bellows, used by blacksmiths and smelters while working with iron, steel, and other metals. This was invented in 1650, by Otto von Guericke. In the 20th century, the need for compressed air and its devices grew much larger because of jet engines and jet airplane growth. Jets use a lot of pneumatic fittings, as do their fuel, brake, air lines and other components of an airplane. All of these require the use of peunamatics fittings. Vehicles of many types, on roads and in waterways use pneumatic components to function properly. And the list goes on.