SMC Basic Pneumatics Training

SMC Basic Pneumatics Training


Participants will have a fulfilling one-day course in which they will be able to:
1. Identify and use of control schematics
2. Gain basic knowledge on pneumatic circuit design
3. Read and construct pneumatic circuits

Who should attend?

Technicians, supervisors, designers and engineers who are involved in design, assembly and troubleshooting of pneumatic control systems

Course Outline

    • Actuators
      • Basic Operating Principle of Pneumatic Cylinders
      • Single Acting Cylinder
      • Double Acting Cylinder


    • Directional Control Valves
      • Description of valves / Symbology
      • Number of ports
      • Number of switching positions
      • Normal positions: Normally open & normally closed
      • Valve operation
      • 2/2, 3/2, 4/2, 5/2, 5/3 valves
      • Methods of actuation: manual, mechanical, solenoid & air


    • Basic Logic Functions
      • Comparing electrical and pneumatic logic functions
      • Identity (YES)
      • Inversion (NOT)
      • AND Function
      • OR Function


    • Auxiliary Valves
      • Check Valve
      • Shuttle “OR” Valve
      • Two – pressure “AND” Valve
      • Quick Exhaust Valve
      • Speed Controllers
      • Meter-in and Meter-out


  • Basic Pneumatic Circuits (hands-on training)
    • Control of Single Acting Cylinder
    • Control of Double Acting Cylinder
    • Using air operated valve for remote control and amplification function
    • Control of Double Acting Cylinder
    • Highlighting on “opposing signals” on double air operated valves / Bi-stable
    • Coordinated Motion Control: Use of mechanical limit switches
    • Introduction of “start and stop” signals for Continuous Cycle Operation
    • Intermediate Positioning Control of Double Acting Cylinder: 5/3 valves
    • Combination of “AND”, “OR” and “NOT” Logic functions
    • Time Dependent Control: Pneumatic Time Delay Valve
    • Time Delay Valve exercise with highlighting the use of “one-shot valve”


Sequence Control Design: control of two or more cylinders to operate in accordance with the given motion sequence statement using “Abbreviated Notation” & “Motion Step Diagram”

  • Sequence Design using two cylinders
    Training participants are presented with pneumatic application exercises. Class discussions will be initiated to obtain the most suitable pneumatic circuit for each particular design condition. Trainees will be provided a complete set of exercises and solutions.