Are your employees struggling to operate bulky tools with high operating costs, low versatility, and high risk of injury? If so, you should consider switching to air tools. These tools, also known as pneumatic tools, consistently help factories run more efficiently. There are multiple benefits of using air tools, but three of them stand out as the most relevant for many manufacturing facilities.
1) Reliable Operations
For jobs that require continuous use of tools, air tools are proven to be the most cost-effective in almost all situations. The reason? An air-powered system provides a reliable power supply that won’t need excessive repair or replacement. Facilities can reap the benefits of a consistently high-functioning system that won’t run out of power or break during use.
Facility managers who are considering switching to air tools should think about their job needs – and not be deterred by the initial cost of purchasing an air compressor. The benefits of utilizing air tools long-term far outweigh the immediate equipment costs.
2) Versatility of Use
Unlike electricity and natural gas, air tools are extremely versatile. Because compressed air can be stored in cylinders, air tools can be used in many different environments – even ones with no electrical source. Whether sandblasting at high power or cleaning at low power, pneumatic tools provide the flexibility to quickly and easily switch between both. Air tools are also simple to connect and disconnect, which aids worker productivity and efficiency.
In many industries there’s a need for clean, dry power, which compressed air can provide. And the lightweight, simple design of pneumatic tools makes it easy to effectively complete the work required in these, and other, industries. Best of all, air-powered systems can better convert energy into work with a flow speed of 20 miles per second. Hydraulic systems, in comparison, can only reach 5 miles per second. These benefits won’t apply in all uses of air tools, but the versatility makes them great options for most people.
While powerful and effective, air tools are also safe to use in a variety of settings. They work well in extremely hot or cold weather, and pose no risk to a user operating them in fluctuating temperatures. Because pneumatic tools always run cool, they won’t overheat or stall, and eliminate the risk of fire or electric shock. Even when carelessly used or improperly connected, air tools won’t damage the rest of the air compression system.
However, there are some situations where air tools should not be used to avoid high risk of explosion, fire, and electrical hazards:
- In damp or wet conditions
- In mines
- Around flammable materials
- Around explosive materials
- For energy exploration
Users should always have sufficient knowledge of how to use air tools safely, and be aware of potential risks.
Taking Advantage of These Benefits
Air tools have many benefits. Not only are they highly versatile and cost-effective options, they’re also safe to use in many environments. Manufacturing professionals looking to make their facilities more efficient by including air tools in their production process should contact The Tool House today.