Pneumatics Lab

The Pneumatics Lab is a series of steel racks containing an arrangement of various pneumatic valves and regulator devices to train students how to control pneumatic based mechanics with PLCs. The lab includes a range of different valves and regulators to familiarize students with the type of motions that can be achieved with pneumatic devices. PLCs are the primary control devices used to trigger the pneumatic motions in the lab. Therefore, the Pneumatics lab works closely in conjunction with the PLC lab.

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Lab Objective

The labs objective is to familiarize students with control techniques for pneumatics systems. Pneumatics systems are based on using pressurized air to generate mechanical motions. Generally, pneumatic systems are composed of solenoid valves that can control the flow of pressurized air through a series of cylinders that produce the desired motions. Solenoid valves act as a switch whereby an electric current, which can be provided by a computer or PLC unit, causes the valve to alter the flow of pressurized air throughout the pneumatic system. For example, an electric signal can cause the valve to open, close, or alter the amount of pressure released into a cylinder, thereby causing the cylinder to expand, contract or produce some other motion. The Pneumatics Lab introduces students to various techniques for controlling solenoid valves, which include the use of PLC units to send appropriate signals.

Pneumatic lift controlled by a solenoid valve in the Pneumatics Lab