One aspect of automation that many people never think about is just how machines are made to act in such perfect order without having any of the senses that we humans rely on so heavily to interact with the world around us. In fact, however, pneumatic machines do have senses of a sort. These are provided by sensors such as optical sensors, which serves as the machines' “eyes”.

The next most important part of the body that must be protected is your head. The skull houses the brain, which is arguably the most important internal organ in the human body, being the seat of consciousness and memory. While the skull has a design that makes it extremely resistant to impact, being made up of thick bone, there is still a danger from impact damage to the head. A hard helmet can significantly reduce the force of an impact to the head, and helmets have saved the lives of countless workers in worksites across the country.

A certain amount of wear and tear is inevitable, however, as the machinery moves and operates. This causes the production of fine dust and it is also impossible to entirely eliminate all dust particles contained in the air that is channeled into the air compressors and then into the system. It is therefore important that regular maintenance, including checks and cleaning, is carried out. This will prevent the buildup of particle deposits and keep your system running smoothly, instead of being subject to constant jams and shutdowns that some simple maintenance could have prevented.

It was only in the late 1800s that the first pneumatic drill was invented, running on compressed air provided by a modern air compressor. People immediately realized the significance of this invention, powerful yet driven only by air, which was a much more efficient source of energy than running the drill with an electric motor.

Buffer tank/ accumulator- these are binary storage units that are attached to the compressor and store the compressed gas that will eventually be pumped into the actuator. They regulate the air-flow and aid the compressor in maximizing its shut-off time. In projects where a distance needs to be maintained between the compressor and the site, these buffer tanks come in handy.

Even with lubricators or coatings, valves and cylinders still tend to become coated with dust or dirt that has somehow managed to make its way into the system. This is normal and to be expected, and even the best-designed pneumatic systems require that the valves and cylinders be maintained occasionally. You can do this by taking the valves and cylinders apart and cleaning them thoroughly. This will remove foreign particles and will greatly reduce any wear and tear that occurs through the operation of the equipment.