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Activity 3.2.

2 Pneumatic Demonstration
Purpose
Pneumatics comes from the Greek
word pneuma, meaning air.
Pneumatic air tools are becoming
more popular because they often
have fewer parts and are more
durable and lighter than electric
tools. A larger example is a
jackhammer. The rapid sound heard
when a jackhammer is running is an
example of the quick action that can
be achieved with pneumatic
components. Pneumatic tools also
have the advantage of being very
clean. The example to the right
must have the ability to run cleanly
since it is a pneumatic design for
milking cows.
Courtesy of National Fluid Power Association

Equipment
Internet access
Books about fluid systems, if available
Pneumatic system(s) for demonstration
Material needed to demonstrate pneumatic system(s)
Procedure
In this activity you will be introduced to a pneumatic device demonstrated by your
teacher. You are responsible for gathering information to contribute to a class
discussion regarding the device.

Through observation and the use of available resources, answer the following
questions. After each answer record the source(s) of the answer.

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1. What is the device that will be demonstrated?

Central Pneumatic 47016 High Volume Low Pressure Gravity Feed Spray Gun,
20 oz

2. Describe the function and purpose of the system.

3. The following components are common to pneumatic devices. Describe each


component specific to the system being demonstrated.
o Receiver tank

o Transmission lines

o Compressor

o Cylinder

o Valve(s)

o Filter

o Regulator

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o List and describe any other components present in the system.

4. Be prepared to identify and explain the role of any part of the pneumatic system
to the class.

Conclusion Questions
1. When the pneumatic device was demonstrated, explain something that was
different than what you expected.

2. Name and describe a pneumatic device that is used to help a person with a
disability.

3. Name and describe a pneumatic device that is used as part of an automated


piece of machinery in a manufacturing setting.

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