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Pneumatic Actuator Systems

Pneumatic Actuator Systems

In this interactive activity adapted from MATEC, learn about pneumatic actuator systems, which use compressed air to transmit motion. Animations illustrate the components of a typical pneumatic actuator system: the computer, communication module, programmable logic controller, input/output module, solenoid valve, and pneumatic device. Observe how the system functions as a whole, and learn more about some common pneumatic devices. The interactive is accompanied by a background essay, standards alignment, and discussion questions. Users who sign up for a free account can save the resource and download it as well.

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