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Pneumatic & Electro Pneumatic System Design Operation and Maintenance

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About the course

Pneumatic Air is used for many industrial applications including for actuators and valves, motors, conveying, instrumentation, ESDV circuits etc.

This course is designed to provide basic concepts and practical advice on how to Design Pneumatic & Electro – Pneumatic Circuits and use them for process automation of many units. The course covers fundamentals of pneumatics including the air compressor and properties of air, pneumatic and electro pneumatic components, and industrial applications of the same. It also provides exposure to software tools used for design and simulation.

Guidelines for operations and maintenance are also provided to make it useful for day-to-day requirements

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participant will be able to:-

  • Learn pneumatic air fundamentals including generation and distribution
  • Understand working principles of pneumatic and electro pneumatic components
  • Learn to carry out successful automation from laboratory to the real life project
  • Understand operations and maintenance of Pneumatic & Electro – Pneumatic components
  • Know the software tools used for design, engineering and simulation of circuits
  • Develop skills to diagnose / troubleshoot pneumatic and electro pneumatic circuits.

Course Outline


  • Instrument Air Compressors
  • Distribution of instrument air
  • Component of a Pneumatic System
  • Basics of Cylinders & Valves – Types, Working principles, operations
  • Understanding concepts of Port Numbering / Lettering
  • System and Identification
  • Special Application Valves


  • Design & Implementation of Pneumatic Circuits using basic components
  • Concepts of Latches and their Applications
  • Operation and Troubleshooting of Pneumatic Systems


  • Introduction to Electro-Pneumatics
  • Solenoid Actuated Valves – Types, Working Principles,
  • Operations and Design
  • E/P and P/E , I/P and P/I converters
  • Electro-Pneumatic Memory Circuits
  • Concept of Electrical Latch and its Applications


  • Design & Construction of Relay & Timer based Logic using components
  • Basics of Sensors - Types, Principles, Integration with pneumatic and electro pneumatic circuits


  • Introduction to advanced Electro Pneumatics
  • Introduction to PLC Based Automation

Case studies: Real life applications will be presented

Special videos will be shown for better understanding

Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation and Process Engineers, Project Engineers, Maintenance Engineers and Supervisors interested to work in the field of Hydraulics, Automation and Process Control. The course will also definitely be beneficial for the all the other department people concerned with the plant operations, production, maintenance and safety. It could be also useful for the procurement and quality personnel.

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