There are many industries that use compressed air for a variety of applications.
- One such application is Pneumatics, or the use of pressurized gases that enable work. Pneumatic systems are used extensively in industry. Pneumatic tools or air tools are a type of power tool that is easier and much safer to use than their electric power tool equivalents. Pneumatic systems allow the air break systems on trains, buses and trucks, inflatable structures, jackhammers and loads more. In factories, the air has usually moisture remove to prevent the formation of molds and corrosion.
- Compressed air service can also be used in the maintenance of industrial plants. Air tools can be used to open up brick walls, fix cement floors and other kinds of maintenance work. There are also air-operated drills, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches that you can use. Compressed air also allows the development of sprinkler systems by preventing water from entering the pipelines. They are convenient for production because they have a low weight-to-power ratio and can be used for a long time without overheating and low maintenance costs.
- Vacuums and other air motor devices are also dependent on compressed air. They can be used as a power source for tasks involving explosive liquids, flammable materials and can operate in hot, corrosive atmospheres without getting damaged. Vacuums can also be used in a number of ways.
- Pneumatic auxiliary production equipment is used extensively. Feeders, clamps, air chucks, presses, air knives and many other devices powered by air cylinders increase production efficiency.
- Compressed air is being used as a speed enhancer in the communications, appliance, automotive, electronics and business machinery industries.
- Like with most technology, there are also concerns regarding the safety of using compressed air. There are three major hazards associated with compressed air.
- The first hazard is air pressure. Air under pressure can penetrate the skin. It can cause hemorrhaging and pain. Air bubbles could form in the bloodstream if air enters the body through cuts and wounds. It can also rupture the tissues and internal organs if it enters the mouth or nose. Lastly, compressed air that hits an eye could blow the eyeballs from the sockets. It can also rupture the eardrums.
- Another hazard are the flying particles that are carried by the air. Flying particles can cause cuts and bruises and they can drive chips into the eye.
- Compressed air can be quite noisy. Sometimes it can reach up to 120 decibels.
Now you know the benefits, applications and safety concerns with compressed air. If you want to integrate compressed air into your business, be sure to ask experts to help you. There are a number of companies who specialize in the development of air compressors and compressed air service, particularly those based in Toronto.