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Pneumatic Drive

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Motors can run on pneumatics, electrics, or hydraulics, all of which have different benefits and disadvantages. Pneumatics is a means of transmitting energy by use of compressible air. Air is stored in a receiver and used to create power by use of control valves. The quantity of the desired power can also be controlled by valves.

Pneumatics can be referred to as a type of power that operates a motor or to a type of tire or wheel.

[edit] Benefits

Pneumatics is a cost-efficient method that guarantees no leaks or return lines, such as may be found with hydraulic motors. Unlike electrical motors, it can be used in wet conditions without the fear of electrical shock. Pneumatic motors are often credited for being compact, reliable, and consisting of a range of torque speeds.

[edit] Disadvantages

Unlike electrical motors, pneumatics cannot be plugged in and therefore require a compressor and line distributor. Pneumatic motors also lose energy because motors only use power that is needed, as opposed to electrical motors that carry the same amount of power. Pneumatic motors also cannot compare to hydraulics systems when it comes to the amount of force offered by torques.

[edit] Pneumatic Tires

Pneumatic tires are filled with compressed air provided by valves. They are most useful for providing a smooth ride and absorbing shocks that occur when the wheel comes in contact with bends or curbs.