Given that pneumatic valves play such an important role in the effective functioning of the system, it is essential that you only use the highest quality valves in your system, as this will ensure that the valves function properly and do not leak air or become jammed. If you use low quality valves, the chances that they will malfunction are high, and this can cause large losses in terms of repair costs as well as profits lost out on due to the downtime.
Safety glasses are probably the most important item in the entire range of safety gear, simply because the eyes are the most vulnerable part of the body. When you get cut on your hand, your hand will eventually heal itself. If you were to get cut on your eye, however, there is a good chance that you will never fully recover from it. It is therefore important to protect your eyes, especially in an environment where the heavy equipment makes of air under high pressures to operate. A single plug left loose or a piece of equipment not properly attached could quickly become a flying projectile driven by that compressed air, and a pair of safety glasses could just save your eyesight if that projectile were to hit your eyes.
Jams are among the most common problems in factories that make use of pneumatic equipment. The nature of pneumatic equipment, using compressed air to power machinery and valves to control the flow that air, makes the entire system susceptible to the effects of dirt and dust buildup. In order to prevent the infiltration of such particles into the system, a good system design will include filters and airtight seals at every possible juncture.
It was only in the early 1800s that the first modern air compressor was built that utilized cylinders arranged in succession to compress air. This was the beginning of the development of pneumatic technology and its incorporation into industry. Scientists and inventors did not realize the potential of the air compressor at first, and it was some time before it was put to real use.
Check valve- these are one-way valves and are attached to the hose that leads from the compressor tank or the compressor, straight to the buffer tank. Once the compressed air accumulates in the buffer tank they prevent it from moving back into the compression chamber. They function on the same lines that the valves of the human heart do.
Depending on the type of valves and cylinders that are present in your pneumatic equipment, your air compressor might require a lubricator. The lubricator essentially injects atomized lubricant into the air supply. The atomized lubricant travels with the compressed air and coats the valves and cylinders that it comes into contact with, thus ensuring that they remain lubricated and reduces wear and tear in the system. Some modern valves and cylinders are manufactured with coatings that reduce wear and tear, thus eliminating the need for lubricators in the air compressors. If the valves and cylinders in your system do not have this coating, however, then you will need to check the lubricator regularly to ensure that the supply of lubricant has not run out.