75 Years of Innovation in Pneumatics

Nov. 13, 2023
Over the past 75 years, pneumatic components and systems have continued to evolve to bring new capabilities and performance features to the market.

Pneumatics can source its origins to the first century, but it wasn’t until centuries later that people began to truly understand and apply the concepts of this fluid power technology.

In 1600, German physicist Otto von Guericke invented the first vacuum pump using pressurized air. The industrial revolution helped turn pneumatics into an industry in and of itself, and the technology has continued to evolve and advance ever since.  

Pneumatics is a power transmission technology which uses compressed air to transmit energy and force. It tends to operate at lower pressures but can provide quick, accurate movements. Factory automation is a large application sector for pneumatics, but the technology is used in a range of others as well including brake systems for heavy trucks and buses, packaging and processing operations and many others.

READ MORE: When to Specify and Use Pneumatics

About the Author

Sara Jensen | Executive Editor, Power & Motion

Sara Jensen is executive editor of Power & Motion, directing expanded coverage into the modern fluid power space, as well as mechatronic and smart technologies. She has over 15 years of publishing experience. Prior to Power & Motion she spent 11 years with a trade publication for engineers of heavy-duty equipment, the last 3 of which were as the editor and brand lead. Over the course of her time in the B2B industry, Sara has gained an extensive knowledge of various heavy-duty equipment industries — including construction, agriculture, mining and on-road trucks —along with the systems and market trends which impact them such as fluid power and electronic motion control technologies. 

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