Category Archives: Pneumatic Controls

Information about pneumatic controls.

The Persistence of the Benefits of Commissioning (Plus a Few Pictures of Legacy Instruments)

As you probably have noticed if you follow the blog, I love finding old instruments in my travels. I have even been lucky enough to save a few of them from the dumpster, like this resonant frequency-based tachometer …   … Continue reading

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Pneumatic Controls Resources

Author’s Note: I originally published this post on March 3, 2013.  At that time, all of the resources I mention below were loaded up in “the cloud” on a Google Drive.  Since that time, I have created the commissioning resources … Continue reading

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Control System Fundamentals

This post evolved to support a string of posts I will start next to support an exercise in one of the classes I am involved with at the Pacific Energy Center.  In those posts, we will look at how you … Continue reading

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Economizers–The Physics of Linkage Systems

In the post before the previous, I was discussing an economizer performance problem in a facility we worked with as a class in Monterey California.  One of the problems was related to the mechanics of motion in the linkage system … Continue reading

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Pneumatic Controls Resources

Since the post I recently put up on pneumatic controls (actually even before I did that), people occasionally ask me if there are resources out there that would help them better understand pneumatic controls.  Even though the industry is moving … Continue reading

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Pneumatic Controls, First Cost Advantages, and Retrocommissioning Opportunities

Recently, a reader posted a question in response to my post titled Retrocommissioning Findings: Make Up Air Handling System Simultaneous Heating and Cooling – The Clues – #2 – The Controls May be Pneumatic.  Specifically, the question was: What are … Continue reading

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Retrocommissioning Findings: Make Up Air Handling System Simultaneous Heating and Cooling – The Clues – #2 – The Controls May be Pneumatic

This post looks at why pneumatic controls can be a clue regarding a retrocommissioning opportunity.   But before I go into that, I wanted to clarify the difference between pneumatic control and pneumatic actuation as the two are sometimes confused. Pneumatic … Continue reading

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