Consider the functions which are required for the application in sequence and interdependency. What are each of the main requirements and what conditions are required to influence the pneumatic application solution?
Understand & select what drive components should be used for the process. Check on factors such as size, design, forces and speeds when factoring in actions/processes such as sliding, turning, holding, pressing, clamping and positioning.
How the drives by will controlled? Will the control use be directional control, flow control, shut off or pressure regulator valves (which can be triggered or actuated manually or mechanically, electrical or pneumatically)
What will be the necessary connection between the cylinders and valves? What are the requirements and specifications of the fittings, tubing’s, silencers and chains and the size of threads used.
Consideration of the components used in air generation and preparation, from service units, filters and dryers, lubricators and pressure regulators through to shut off valves used to route compressed air. This will enable a clearly understanding of the right level of air (pressure) for the application.
How to arrange the motion sequences into an overall control concept? This will enable understanding the requirements of electronic evaluation and control devices, sensors and bus systems and often the facilities for linking pneumatic and electrical/ electronic signals and connecting those to higher level control systems.
All of these factors will help enable users to calculate the overall costs & implications involved in designing a pneumatic solution.
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