Pneumatic systems are complex so, when a problem occurs, it tends to fill the operator with dread. To avoid lost production time it is important to troubleshoot the problem in a logical step-by-step way. Compressed air is potentially dangerous if safety is not observed and can cause serious injury, so when you experience troubleshooting problems with pneumatic systems, make sure you follow these steps:
1) Carry Out A Visual Inspection
Some problems can be identified visually, such as a worn or leaking hose, loose parts or broken components. While a leaking hose is relatively easy to spot, some minor or hidden problems are easier to identify if you have a good understanding of the equipment beforehand, as you’re more likely to recognise if something is amiss. It is, therefore, worth investing some time familiarising yourself with the system in advance to maximise the chances of spotting a problem during a visual inspection.
2) Follow The Schematics
Schematic diagrams are invaluable sources of information as they provide the user with a detailed breakdown of how the pneumatic system is assembled using simplified symbols, as well as key data about operational aspects such as motor speeds, flow rates and pressure test points. Schematics can also act as a diagnostic tool by helping identify whether the pneumatic system is working normally, narrowing down the location of a fault.
3) Restart The System
If the fault has not been identified through a visual inspection, once you have familiarised yourself with the layout and operation of the pneumatic system, you can restart it to see if the problem recurs. Visually inspecting the machine in operation, supported by your knowledge and understanding of its layout and usual working parameters, will identify the site of the malfunction should it happen again.
Identifying the cause of system failure in pneumatic equipment is only the first step but is more likely to be achieved by following these steps sequentially. Once the fault is spotted, a component may need to be renewed, so ensure that you seek professional advice to obtain the correct part for your system.
As experts in the design of pneumatic systems, Hydrastar can advise and supply you with the components you require to return your machinery to full working order, so that you can resume production swiftly, ensuring the safety of your personnel and instilling confidence in the operational status of your system. Get in touch with us today for help and advice.