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Fundamentals of Pneumatics



The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA), in conjunction with its pneumatic manufacturer members, has launched Fundamentals of Pneumatics, an online educational program designed to introduce the basics of pneumatics technology to students, industry novices, and others wanting to learn about basic pneumatic principles.

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Fundamentals of Pneumatics introduces basic concepts, terminology, applications, and automation processes used throughout the pneumatics industry. All instructional materials have been designed to be vendor-neutral, making the program ideal for both academia and industry. Fundamentals of Pneumatics was not designed to be a certification or advanced training program. Links to other sources, including the websites of NFPA's pneumatic manufacturers, will lead viewers to further information and training opportunities.

Fundamentals of Pneumatics is available at no charge to any Internet user, Mac or PC, with the proper browser plugins (Please make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Shockwave installed which you can download at the bottom of the page). The program utilizes video, animations, quiz questions, and text to deliver instruction to the user throughout a number of different lessons. Full motion video is used to illustrate the application of pneumatics in real-world situations, as well as to show the internal workings of pneumatic system components.

Lessons cover a wide variety of pneumatic components, from single-acting cylinders to vane motors to 5/3-way valves. The program also covers signaling and processing elements in a pneumatic system. Users are introduced to a wide variety of concepts, providing them with a good grounding in basic pneumatic terminology and the capabilities of pneumatic components, as well as in how various components interface in a complete pneumatic system. Schematic symbols are covered in depth; as the user is introduced to various pneumatic components, the symbols for these components are also taught.

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