Pneumatic systems & components

New possibilities for compressed air preparation

Second Quarter 2004 Pneumatic systems & components

The MS Series of Air Service Units from Festo opens up numerous individual possibilities for compressed air preparation that enhances the optimal functioning of pneumatic components. Tailor made for every conceivable purpose; the MS Series offers numerous variants to provide a broad spectrum of applications in all branches of industry.

One of the 11 standard 
combinations – ex stock
One of the 11 standard combinations – ex stock

Thanks to individual, easily combinable modules, stock levels are reduced and ordering simplified to one product series. At the same time, flexible assembly options are enabled by the configurable nature of the MS Series.

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"Compressed air - correctly prepared and controlled - acts as a source of energy in the same way oxygen does for the body," explains Festo technical manager, Adrian Buddingh. "Just like the speed and depth of human breathing can dictate the amount of energy supplied, compressed air acts as a bridge between energy and executive functions in machines."

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The prerequisite for the long lasting functioning of a pneumatic system is the correct air preparation, Buddingh explains. This is not just a matter of drying the air and filtering out oil and contaminants, but rather a question of deciding on the required quality of compressed air for a clean, cost-effective solution. This philosophy lies at the heart of the new MS Series design.

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"The South African market can expect a Series Upgrade on our MS range of service units that will add local intelligence in the form of new sensors added to these units," reveals Buddingh. "In addition to a flow sensor, the MS 6 series will have a level sensor for detecting condensate build-up and a differential pressure sensor for picking up dirt and dust."

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In addition to the 10 pre-assembled combinations available from Festo, the MS Series can be combined with individual function modules for adaptation to particular applications. Irrespective of whether it is a standard or combined unit, the combinational features of the MS Series make innumerable functions and variations possible.

Through features like integrated pressure gauges, the MS Series also offers significant space savings, while suitable tubing and fittings facilitate more reliable and quicker installation. Security is ensured via an integrated locking option, allowing the manually operated on/off valve to be secured with up to six padlocks. The MS regulator family can also be locked as standard and prevents tampering with the working pressure set. The entire regulator family features a standard non-return valve that allows exhausting of the regulator at the input side.

In addition to its visually appealing, award-winning external design, the MS Series incorporates filters from 40 µm to 0,01 µm, active carbon filters and membrane dryers. Flow characteristic values are close to the physically achievable maximum.

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