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A well-trained workforce is the backbone of any successful business. This is especially true for workers in the manufacturing sectors where even the shortest downtime could be very costly.
Technology is always changing and workers have to be retrained every so often to sharpen their skills. Previously pneumatics and electronics were two completely disciplines, however, as manufacturing shifted to automated systems the integration of the two became inevitable.
Pneumatics just like hydraulic systems utilizes fluid power. The only difference is that in pneumatics systems, inert gases are used instead of liquids. However, to get the most of a pneumatic system, there needs to be a way to start, monitor, and stop the process.
Electro-pneumatic systems use electrical technologies to control the compressed air used as the working medium. Electrical devices such as solenoids, limits switches, valves, and relays are some of the mechanisms used.
In a typical electro-pneumatic setup, electrical power is applied to a directional control valve. The valve then regulates the air pressure to various devices connected such as cylinders. Variation in pressure causes the cylinders to either extend or retract. This movement is transformed into useful work.
In very complex systems Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are used instead of valves and relays. Auxiliary devices such as position sensors, pressure sensors, proximity switches, and flow switches are added to make it easier to monitor the process.
Electro pneumatics systems have diverse applications which can be broadly categorized into two types.
Aerospace exploration and aeronautical engineering are some of the biggest application of electro-pneumatic systems. In both applications, it is necessary to pressurize the fuselage of the aircraft whether it a rocket or a passenger plane.
The cabins are pressurized and depressurized to sea level with the help of electro-pneumatics. The sensors detect any leakages and change in altitude to make necessary adjustments.
As the demand for automated systems continues to rise, knowledge in electro-mechanical areas such as electro pneumatics will be key. Hiring an electro-pneumatic technician who is already trained is not cheap. But training your current workers and giving them the chance to prove themselves in the classroom and on the job could be an even better move.
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