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# Electro-Pneumatics

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August 2012

## Applied Technology High Schools, 2012

ATM-414 Electro-Pneumatics

## Module 3: Logic Operations in Electropneumatics

Module Objectives
After the completion of this module, the student will be able to:
1- Explain the concept of logic operation (OR circuits).
2- Explain the concept of logic operation (AND circuits).
3- Describe, Explain and construct a simple AND/OR circuits.
4- Describe and use the latching circuits.

Module Contents
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## Truth table of the AND circuit

Latching Circuits

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Types of latching

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10 References

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Logic Operations
In

order

to

produce

the

required

## movements by pneumatic cylinders under

certain conditions, it is often necessary to
combine

signals

from

several

control
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## elements through some logic operations

such as:

Y1
5

1. OR circuits

2. AND circuits.
1- Logic operation - OR circuit
The OR circuit has two inputs and a single
(a)

## output. The aim is to be able to extend

the piston rod of a cylinder with two
different input elements, pushbutton S1
and S2. The contacts of the pushbuttons
S1

and

S2 are

arranged

in

24V+

parallel

S1

3
S2

in Fig. 3.1.b.

## As long as no pushbutton is pressed,

the solenoid valve remains in the

Y1
0V

(b)

retracted.

## If at least one of the two pushbuttons

is pressed, the solenoid valve switches
to the actuated position. The piston rod Fig. 3.1:

## When both switches are released. The (b): Parallel connection

of two contacts (OR circuit)
solenoid valve switches to the normal
position. The piston rod is retracted.
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Truth table of the OR circuit:
The truth table depicts the status of the output in relation with specific
inputs. Let us assume the following

0: push buttons are not pressed and thus there is no input signal.

## Y1 is 1 means the solenoid valve is activated

The table below shows the possible outputs based on the input operating
conditions.
S1

S2

Y1

0
1
0
1

0
0
1
1

0
1
1
1

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## 2- Logic operation - AND circuit

The AND circuit has two inputs and a
single output. The output of the AND
circuit exists only when both inputs are
existing. In this case the piston rod of a
cylinder will be advanced only if both
pushbuttons S1 and S2 are pressed at the

Y1
5

## same time. The Two pushbutton switches

are arranged in series in the circuit
diagram as shown in Fig.3.3.b

(a)

two

pushbuttons

is

pressed,

the

## solenoid valve remains in the normal

position and the piston rod is retracted.

24V+

S1
4
3

## same time, the solenoid valve switches

to the actuated position and the piston

S2
4

Y1

0V

## released, the solenoid valve switches

to the normal position and the piston
rod retracted.

(b)
Fig. 3.3:
(a): Pneumatic circuit
(b): Series connection
of two contacts (AND circuit)

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Truth table of the AND circuit:
The truth table depicts the status of the output in relation with specific
inputs. Let us assume the following

0: push buttons are not pressed and thus there is no input signal.

## Y1 is 1 means the solenoid valve is activated

The table below shows the possible outputs based on the input operating
conditions.
S1

S2

Y1

0
1
0
1

0
0
1
1

0
0
0
1

## Fig. 3.2: Truth table of the AND circuit.

Title: Operating a pneumatic press directly
Objectives:
Upon the completion of this task, the student should
1- Explain and use the AND connection practically to ensure a safe
operation.
2- Explain and use the OR connection practically.
3- Explain the direct (without using relays) control circuit with AND/OR.
4- Be able to use the FluidSIM software as well as workstations.

Problem description:
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The pneumatic press that is shown in the Fig.3.3 has to be operated by
two switches at the same time in order to protect the operator hands from
any possible injury during the press operation. The press will be released
automatically by a limit switch. However, another switch has to be
provided to release the press in case of the limit switch malfunction.

Fig.3.3

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Required components:
1- Double acting cylinder
2- 5/2 Directional control valve, double solenoid
3- Power supply
4- Switch blocks
Required procedures:
1. Draw the elector-pneumatic circuit using the FluidSim software
2. The speed of the forward and backward stroke of the cylinder rod is
3. Test the circuit functions against any errors or mistakes.
4. Construct the circuit on the workstation
5. Write down your notes and observations.
Pneumatic circuit

Electric circuit

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## Observations and notes

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Title: Operating a pneumatic press indirectly
Objectives:
Upon the completion of this task, the student should
1- Explain and use the AND connection practically to ensure a safe
operation.
2- Explain and use the OR connection practically.
3- Explain the indirect (using electric relays) control circuit with AND/OR.
4- Be able to use the FluidSIM software as well as workstations.
Problem description:
The problem description for this task is the same as for the above task
Required components:
1- Double acting cylinder
2- 5/2 Directional control valve, double solenoid
3- Power supply
4- Switch blocks
5- Relay blocks
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Required procedures:
1- Draw the elector-pneumatic circuit using the FluidSim software
2- Test the circuit functions against any errors or mistakes.
3- Construct the circuit on the workstation
4- Write down your notes and observations.
Pneumatic circuit

Electric circuit

Observations
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Class work (1)
1.

..

2.

3.

## The circuit below illustrates an electro-pneumatic system, answer the

following questions :

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b) For the electro- pneumatic system above, write the truth table.
S1

c)

S2

S3

## Convert the above electric circuit to control the pneumatic

circuit directly.

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Y1

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Home Work (1)
1.

The

circuit

below

illustrates

an

electro-

## b) What is the name of the part which is labeled as Y1?

..
c) What is the difference between K1 in branch 2 and K1 in branch 4?

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e) How to extend the piston of the above cylinder?

2.

## The truth table below represents a logic circuit

controlling a single solenoid 5/2 DCV, based on the table below draw
the electric and the pneumatic circuit.
S1
0
1
0
0
1
1
0
1

S2
0
0
1
0
1
0
1
1

S3
0
0
0
1
0
1
1
1

Y1
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1

Latching Circuits
Definition of latching: It is a process where the relay contacts remain on
without keeping the relay coil energized. In other words, it is required
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sometimes to keep the circuit powered for a certain function even though
a pushbutton switch is released to the open position. Fig. 3.4 illustrates
the concept of latching before activating the switch S1 and Fig.3.5 after
activating switch S1.

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Way of operation:
When the ON pushbutton switch is
actuated as shown in Fig.3.5.a, the relay
coil is energized and thus the contact K1
closes. Even after the ON pushbutton
switch is released the electric current
continues to flow via contact K1 through
the coil, and the relay remains in the
actuated position. The on signal is
stored. When the OFF pushbutton is
pressed the current flow is interrupted

(a)

## and the relay becomes de-energized.

Types of latching:
1- dominant ON:
In Fig.3.5.a, if the ON and OFF
pushbuttons are both pressed at the
same time, the relay coil is energized.
Thats why the circuit in Fig.3.5.a is
called a dominant ON latching circuit.
1- dominant OFF:
In Fig.3.5.b, If both pushbuttons are
pressed simultaneously: the relay coil is
not energized. Thats why the circuit in
Fig.3.5.b

is

called

latching circuit.

dominant

OFF

(b)
Fig. 3.5: Relay circuit with
latching
(a): Dominant ON
(b): Dominant OFF

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Title: Latching circuit
Objectives:
Upon the competition of this task, the student should be able to control
an electro-pneumatic system by using an electrical latching circuit.
Problem description:
Parts are to be pushed away from a multi-track gravity feed magazine
into a clamping device as shown below in Fig.3.6. By pressing a
pushbutton switch the parts are pushed out of the multi-track gravity feed
magazine by a slide. After the slide has reached the forward end position
Hint: A relay with latching function is to be used for signal storage.

Fig3.6
Required components:
1-

2-

## 5/2 DCV, single solenoid

3-

Power supply

4-

Switches block

5-

Relay block

6-

Limit switch
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Required procedures:
1- Draw the electro-pneumatic circuit using the FluidSim software
2- Test the circuit functions against any errors or mistakes.
3- Construct the circuit on the workstation
4- Write down your notes and observations.
Pneumatic circuit

Electric circuit

## Observations and notes

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Class work (2)
1. Explain briefly the meaning of latching in electrical circuits

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2. The circuit below illustrates an electro-pneumatic system. Answer the
following questions.
1

24V+
S1
4

2
S2
1

13 K1
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3
3
4
K1

Y1
5

K1
0V

2
A1

3
4

Y1

A2

2
3

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## Home Work (2)

The circuit below illustrates an electro-pneumatic system. Answer the
following questions:

a)

Is

the

electric

circuit

above

directly

or

indirectly

controlled? Why?

b)

..

c)

## Which branch represents the latching circuit?

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d)

e)

References
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3.

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