How to build a pneumatic system

Pneumatic systems are a reliable and efficient means of power transmission that play a crucial role in various industries. They can harness the power of compressed air and are often used for purposes such as control, automation and actuation. 

Here at API Pneumatic UK, we are a leading supplier of air treatment products and equipment to meet all compressed air or industrial requirements. In this article, we will delve a little deeper into understanding how a pneumatic system works, how it applies to different industries, and how the range of bespoke builds we have available can be tailored to your specific needs. Wondering why you should use API Pneumatic UK? Read on to find out exactly why you should.

How to build a pneumatic system

Before you can fully understand and appreciate everything that goes into building a pneumatic system, it is important to understand how they work and what they’re made up of. 

What are pneumatic systems?

A pneumatic system is a type of power transmission system that uses compressed air as a way to perform mechanical work or transmit energy. As part of a pneumatic system, there are several key components required, including valves, an air compressor, pneumatic actuators, tubing, fitting and control devices. Once the air compressor generates the compressed air, it is then either distributed to the actuators through pipes or tubes, or alternatively, it is stored in a reservoir. 

Use across various industries 

The pneumatic systems we build here at API Pneumatic UK have a range of applications across different industries. These include: 

  • Automotive
  • Food processing 
  • Packaging 
  • Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceuticals

These systems have become so crucial to the industries above as they offer additional benefits for cleanliness, reliability, and simplicity, which make them the perfect addition to many industrial processes. Here are some of the ways that our pneumatic systems can benefit the industries mentioned above.


Automotive industry

Pneumatic systems also play a huge role in the automotive industry which has a huge impact on vehicles that we know and drive today. Pneumatics allow functions like suspension, braking and engine control in vehicles to ensure they’re safe and easy to drive.


Food processing

Food processing relies heavily on pneumatic systems to ensure that hygienic operations are in place for food packaging, sorting, as well as processing equipment.



Pneumatic systems are also used within packaging and can drive the labelling and sealing of packages to ensure a speedy and accurate system is in place.



Secure and safe processes must be in place within the pharmaceutical industry so that drugs can be developed safely. This is where pneumatics come into play, as they can provide clean and oil-free compressed air which is an integral part of pharmaceutical manufacturing processes.



Within the manufacturing industry, you can rely on our pneumatic systems to provide the precise control required for specific operations for material handling, robotic applications, and assembly lines.


MSM series pneumatic cylinders from API UK

Accessories for pneumatic systems

When building a fully functional pneumatic system that works to its full potential, several accessories may be required. Having the correct and best quality accessories is essential for the high performance and safety of a system. Some of the most common accessories available at API include: 

  • Filters, Regulators, and Lubricators (FRL) – FRL units ensure a regulated, clean and lubricated air supply to protect the system and its components, and extend its lifespan.
  • Valves – Here at API Pneumatic UK we have a range of different valves available. They enable precise control of airflow and actuator movement. The different types of valves include pressure control valves, flow control valves and directional control valves.
  • Pressure Gauges – Pressure gauges are an important part of pneumatic systems as they monitor and display the system’s pressure levels. This allows for troubleshooting and accurate adjustments.
  • Fittings and Connectors – Fitting and connector accessories are essential to provide secure connections between different elements of the system. This ensures efficient air transfer. 

Benefits of API Pneumatic UK

Here at API Pneumatic UK, we build bespoke pneumatic systems that can be tailored to your specific requirements. With our expertise and comprehensive support, we can assist you to create the perfect bespoke system for you that maximises productivity and efficiency. Here are some of the benefits you can enjoy when choosing API Pneumatic UK:

  • Expert advice – we have an experienced team with a deep understanding of how to build a pneumatic system that works for you. With their valuable guidance and advice on hand, you can find the most suitable components whatever the application. 
  • Reduced wait times – We know how important it is that you get the system and accessories that you need as soon as possible, this is why we have an efficient production process and stocked-up inventory to ensure that you get shorter lead times, and minimise any project delays. 

For more information on everything that we can offer at API Pneumatic UK and how it can be tailored to your specific needs, you can contact us here.