Hooked on Pneumatics
Pneumatic tools, pneumatic pertaining to air, are used in high torque applications. Examples include the removal of large bolts or wheel lug nuts. In order for these tools to operate properly a particular air pressure is required. A lack of air pressure may cause a tool to rotate too slowly and not work correctly. Typically powered by compressed air instead of electricity, air tools may also operate with CO2. They are used in many industries where a large compressor powers multiple tools and devices.
Most pneumatic tools are equipped with a pressure vessel that contains high levels of pressure to operate the tools. Many tools also have a quick coupling on their base. This allows operators to switch between tools with out loosing air compression. Rebuilding air pressure is time consuming. If tools are constantly being changed, it would take more time without quick couplings. It is common among tools that need to be screwed on for pressure to be lost during the changing process.There is an array of industries that use pneumatic tools for many different applications. Examples of tools that use compressed air include sanders, grinders, sandblasters, air ratchets and airbrushes. However, not all applications retain to industrial and construction.
Sandblasters are used to create that “worn” look to overpriced jeans. Steam is forcibly propelled against the rough fabric to smooth it out to give customers that “I work in a textile factory in Turkey” look. Also, the lettering for modern cemetery monuments and markers are made with abrasive blasting. Airbrushes are also used by many artists, hobbyists and automotive finishers. Airburshes will stream compressed air through a venturi to create a reduction in suction, pulling paint from a reservoir.