One of the first things that may come to mind when you think about factories around the world that manufacture everyday products such as computer boards and cars might be a building full of complicated robotics with numerous limb-like appendages adding lids to jars and tightening container lids with expert precision. In reality, the setting for such a factory is much different than something you might see in a science fiction movie. Most of the machines are not powered by electric motors but instead by pneumatic fittings. That typical hissing noise, like air is escaping some crazy contraption, is not from a motor but from the use of pneumatic fittings.

Instead of hydraulic systems, the pneumatic system uses pressurized gas or air to create mechanical motion. Those systems used by companies worldwide based on pneumatic builds has to do with industries that employ the use of inert gases and compressed air. When you compare this pneumatic technology to that of electric motors or actuators, the technology used to run them to create this energy for motion is far more cost effective, flexible, reliable, and much more safer to use for those working in an already hectic industrial environment.

Of course, pneumatic fittings aren’t limited only to factory settings. Just have a look around you, around your home or maybe even at your place of work, and you will see plenty of objects that include pneumatic fittings of all kinds in their build.

A couple of prime examples for things we use everyday with pneumatic fittings include:

  • Handicap access buttons on doors
  • Vacuums
  • Certain car shocks
  • Certain nail guns
  • Bicycle or ball pumps
  • Tire pressure gauges

There are plenty of common types of pneumatic fittings used in things you wouldn’t expect. Even the device build into your screen door has a pneumatic built into it to prevent the door from slamming when you let go of it.

Plastic Push-in Fitting Types

The most common air fitting type. Since it is a type of pneumatic fitting, it cannot withstand liquids running through it, so naturally air is used. It is used on those systems with polyurethane or nylon tubes within the usual work environments. This type of fitting works even in minus degree temperatures. They have 0-150 psi of pressure for those environments which range in the 0-60 degree area.

Brass and Stainless Steel Push-in Fitting Types

Made from nickel plated brass or the occasional glass reinforced nylon, these fittings make connecting and disconnecting a breeze. This is the perfect solution for those areas where the fittings need to be constantly removed or reattached without any damage being a possibility to have to deal with. These can be used diversely with nylon, PE, polyurethane, and many types of uncommonly used tubing. On the other hand, the great thing about stainless steel fittings is that, unlike brass fittings, they can be used in corrosize environments.

Pneumatic Push-on Fitting Types

Going by the common household name of rapid screw fittings, they are used everywhere in those industries that use pneumatic fittings. They may take longer to connect and disconnect but they are also the most reliable type of fitting on the market to date.