The life of a machine operator would be much more difficult without the pneumatic tools that have become so integral to day-to-day operations in the manufacturing units. The attributes pneumatic tools offer in comparison to other counterparts are: lightweight, controllable, durable, and powerful..

While choosing the right pneumatic tool for the right application is an important task, there are certain criteria that one needs to take into consideration to get the best out of them. There is no one tool fits all application axiom applicable here. Each application requires a thoughtful selection of tools based on its requirements.

Here are some best practises to follow to get the most out of your pneumatic tools.

  1. Select the right tool for the right application:
  • If the torque required for the application matches the torque produced by the tool.
  • What is the condition of the joint, whether it is a soft or hard joint?
  • What are the accessibility issues? Is the work area easily accessible or not?
  • What is the air pressure requirement? It is suggested that to get the optimum output, one should ideally use the right air pressure required for the tool.

2. Ensure the air pressure is within the manufacturer’s rating.

Air tools are designed at rated performance at 6kg/cm2. It is highly recommended to optimise the output of the tool that the working air pressure of the pneumatic tool be set at 6 kg/cm2. Maintaining a minimum working pressure of 5 kg/cm2 at all times is necessary to avoid damage to the tool.

3. What is the cycle time of fastening?

While working with pneumatic tools is fairly simple, one must be mindful of their performance. It is critical to keep track of the number of cycles and time required to achieve the desired torque. A good cycle time for the tool to run on the joint is 3-5 seconds; if the tool needs more than 3-5 seconds, it is recommended to check the tool to see whether it is appropriate for that particular application.

4. Ensure the usage of the right socket.

Another consideration is to use the correct socket with the correct fitting. To guarantee good torque transfer, superior quality high impact sockets of the proper length and fitting are employed.

5. Make certain that the proper hose diameters are used.

One has to ensure that the pneumatic tool is connected to the right hose. If the tool is not attached to a hose of a specific diameter, it will operate at a lower rating, which is not advisable.

6. Keep away from moist environments.

Moisture is the leading cause of pneumatic tool failure. It destroys the motor components and operates the tool at a lower rating without the operator’s knowledge.

Aside from the guidelines listed above, IEC Air Tools recommends that you take good care of your tools. Lubricate them on a regular basis, and after every 50,000 cycles, inspect the tools to ensure they are in good working order.

Since 1972, IEC Air Tools Pvt. Ltd. has been one of the leading producers of industrial pneumatic tools located in Pune, India. The company is likely India’s largest maker of air tools, and its products are used by top manufacturers. Their products are deployed in the ancillary units of automobile and motorcycle manufacturing facilities and white goods industries. To know more about their products and prices, do drop a line at or Call +91(20)25651484 or 25651241.

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