PN13 – Advanced design of pneumatic systems

Course Objective
To provide the participant with a wider knowledge of complex pneumatic and electro-pneumatic control systems as well as to develop ability to design, assemble and operate the controls. Participants would be able to read and assemble circuits with additional conditions.

Target Group
Engineers, technicians and supervisors who are involved in the
design of pneumatic control systems

Course Content

  • Functions and characteristics of electro-pneumatic components:
    - Air supply components
    - Directional control valves
    - Other pneumatic valves
    - Switches and contacts
    - Electrical sensors
    - Actuators
  • Fundamentals and definitions in control technology:
    - Signal flow and control chain
  • ISO electrical and pneumatic symbols according to ISO 1219
  • Basic circuits of pneumatic systems
  • Types of control:
    - Sequence control
    - Opposing signals circuits
  • Sequence control system:
    - Motion sequence representation
    - Signal control with signal cut-off
  • Methods of designing circuit diagrams for pneumatic controls:
    - Cascade method
    - Shift register method
  • Basic circuits of electro-pneumatic systems
  • Methods of designing circuit diagrams for electro-pneumatic controls:
    - Pneumatic memory method
    - Electrical memory method
    - Electrical cascade method
    - Electrical stepper method
  • Sequence control with auxiliary conditions:
    - On/off and auto mode
    - Single/continuous cycle
    - Emergency off, etc
  • Simulation and practical exercises


  • Completed PSLE and are able to speak, read and write in basic English
  • Participants with the following competency rating from the Employability Skills System (ESS) are eligible:
    - Listening / Speaking – Min. level 4
    - Reading / Writing – Min. level 4
    - Numeracy – Min. level 4
  • Recommended module to be completed before this module:
    - HN21 – Operate Hydraulic Systems
    - HN22 – Maintain and Repair Hydraulic Sytems

4 days (32 hours)