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Basic Pump Maintenance: Keeping a problem from happening in the first place

On the surface, pumps seem like pretty simple things. But combining electrical and mechanical operations to move water from one place to another is complex and can be rife with problems. In this free 1 hour webinar, instructor Wade Heisler helps take some of the mystery out of basic pump maintenance. We'll discuss maintenance strategies and techniques to help keep pumps from failing in the first place.



This course introduces the basic physics of energy, work, and power as related to pneumatics. It explains gas laws, flow, pressure, and the basic components of a pneumatic system. It includes air preparation and conditioning, calculation of force and torque, and graphic symbols. It emphasizes the importance of schematics in technical communication related to pneumatic circuits.

TPC Training Systems is authorized by IACET to offer 0.4 CEUs for this program.

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Lesson 1 - Pneumatic Fundamentals

Course introduces the basic physics of energy, work, and power as related to pneumatics. Explains gas laws, flow and pressure application, and basic components of a pneumatic system.


Course Introduction, Applied Physics, Force & Motion (Energy), Work, Power, Horsepower, Flow, Pressure, Pressure Scales, Pressure Drop, Boyle's Law, Charles' Law, Lussac's Law, Combined Gas Law, Bernoulli's Principle

Lesson 2 - Pneumatic Compressors

Discusses how compressed air is stored and cooled. Also explains the different types of compressors and their graphic symbols.


Course Introduction, Compressor Terminology, SCFM, Compressed CFM, Staging, Unloading, Displacement Compressors, Piston, Diaphragm, Vane, Screw, Support Components, Inlet Filter, Intercooler, Aftercooler, Air Receiver, Safety Relief Valve, Pressure Switch

Lesson 3 - Pneumatics Air Preparation

Course covers air preparation and conditioning components, specifically their functionality and application. Also discusses corresponding graphic symbols.


Course Introduction, Dryers, Dew Point Dryers, Refrigerant Dryers, Deliquescent Dryers, Desiccant Dryers, Air Preparation, Filters, Standard Filters, Coalescing Filters, Absorbing Filters, Air Regulators, Non-Relieving, Relieving, Lubricators, Functional Description

Lesson 4 - Air Conductors and Distribution

Describes various types of air line conductors. Including steel pipe, copper tubing, and plastic tubing. Discussion continues by examining how their different applications work together within the network.


Course Introduction, Conductors, Pipe, Hoses, Tubing, Connectors, Air Distribution, Primary Lines, Secondary Lines, Dead End System, Loop System, Decentralized System

Lesson 5 - Pneumatic Actuators

Covers the various types of pneumatic actuators, how they function, and their schematic symbols. Also discusses the basic pneumatic formulas for calculating force and torque, in relation to pneumatic actuators.


Course Introduction, Cylinders, Disposable, Tie Rod, Non-Rotating, Rodless, Air Motors, Vane, Piston, Rotary Actuators, Vane, Rack & Pinion

Lesson 6 - Pneumatic Control Valves

Teaches the various types of valves and their graphic symbols. Also discusses valve functions and applications.


Course Introduction, Directional Control Valves, Direct Acting, Pilot Operated, Spool Type, Poppet, Sliding Plate Valves, Valve Actuators, Defined, Valve Application, Defined, Power Valves, Control Valves, Miscellaneous Valves, Check Valve, Shuttle Valve, Pulse Valve, Quick Exhaust Valve, Flow Controls, Slow Start Valve, Lockout Valve, Excess Flow Valve

Lesson 7 - Vacuum Control Fundamentals

Course discusses the basis for understanding pneumatic vacuum control. Explains the basic physics of vacuum and how it applies to the pneumatic control system. Continues with a look at the vacuum control components as well as their graphic symbols.


Course Introduction, Basic Physics, Vacuum Defined, Vacuum Pressure Scale, Vacuum Generation, Vacuum Pumps, Vacuum Generators, Vacuum Applications, Lifting, Forming, Holding

Lesson 8 - Pneumatic Symbols and Circuits

Course covers graphic symbols, their function, and method of operation. Emphasizes that graphic schematics are critical for technical communication in the pneumatic circuit.


Course Introduction, Symbolism, Lines, Air Receiver/Air Dryer, Energy Source/Exhaust, Flow Control, Directional Control, Compressor/Vacuum Pump, Check/Shuttle/Quick Exhaust Valves, FRL, Coolers, Miscellaneous Components, Actuators

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