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Understanding the Basic Function of a Pneumatic Hose

Understanding the Basic Function of a Pneumatic Hose

Did you know that using pneumatic systems in your business is much safer than other methods of manufacturing? If a pneumatic system happens to leak, it won't harm workers or the environment because all that comes out is air. 

Part of using a pneumatic system is using pneumatic hoses. Are you considering using pneumatic hoses but aren't exactly sure what they do? If so, this is the guide for you!

Keep reading to learn what a pneumatic hose is, what it can be used for, and how to choose a pneumatic hose for the work that you need to complete. 

What Is a Pneumatic Hose?

From a scientific standpoint, pneumatics is the process of using pressurized air to complete work.

A simple example of how pneumatics work is inflating a basketball using a pump. Air pumps use pressurized air to complete work, which in this case is inflating a ball.

From an industrial point of view, the process is the same, just with tools and machinery. For example, a pneumatic system consists of a compressor, an actuator, a valve, and a circuit, also known as a pneumatic hose.

To get the compressed air to the tools, you can use a pneumatic hose. A pneumatic hose is a type of industrial hose. The basic function of a pneumatic hose is to transport pressurized air.

What Are Pneumatic Hoses Used For?

Pneumatic hoses are used in a multitude of different scenarios. They are probably used more often than you would think. Here are some common uses for a pneumatic hose:

  • Air brakes
  • Exercise equipment 
  • Pressure switches
  • Pressure regulators 
  • Air compressor
  • Jackhammer

Pneumatic hoses are often used in industrial settings and everyday life. They can work as sensors, measure pressure, manufacture products, and even diagnose issues in a human's digestive tract!

How to Choose a Pneumatic Air Hose

Now that you understand what a pneumatic hose is and how they are used, it is time to review how to choose a pneumatic hose for your specific goals. There are different types of pneumatic hoses that are used for a variety of reasons. 

The type that you need will depend on the work that you are trying to do. Keep reading to learn what to look for in a pneumatic air hose. 

Tubing Size

The first thing you should consider when choosing a pneumatic hose is the size of the tubing. Next, you will want to choose a hose that allows the correct amount of air to flow through it. 

If you choose a hose with too small of a diameter, you risk not getting enough air pressure for the work. On the other hand, if you choose a diameter that is too large, you will be paying for the extra size and weight.

Maximum Working Pressure

Another thing to keep in mind when choosing a pneumatic hose is the maximum working pressure. Therefore, you will need a hose that can handle the required pressure of the system that you are creating. 

Pneumatic hose manufacturers rate the hoses by the amount of pressure they can handle, including a buffer for safety purposes. These pressures are often tested at room temperatures, so be sure to consider the temperature of your working environment as well.


Pneumatic hoses can be made out of several different materials. Each of these materials has different benefits and scenarios where they work better.

Here are some of the different materials that can make a pneumatic hose:


Polyurethane is a combination of plastic and rubber.  Pneumatic hoses made from polyurethane are flexible, strong, and can handle coming in contact with oil. It is often used in manufacturing environments, robotics, vacuums, and labs. 


Another common type of material that pneumatic hose is made from is nylon. Nylon hoses are made from plastic, and they are one of the lightest materials you can use. Nylon is tough, and it works well under high pressure. 

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

Polyvinyl chloride, also known as PVC, is a light, plastic tubing similar to nylon. PVC pneumatic hoses are flexible and can be easily sterilized. They are most commonly used in the medical industry because PVC is safe and can pass FDA standards.  


If you are looking for a pneumatic hose that is best for low pressure, polyethylene might be the right material for you. Polyethylene hoses are light and flexible. In addition, it is a low-cost option for a pneumatic hose. 


Before choosing a type of pneumatic hose, you should consider how flexible the hose is. Some materials allow the hose to be more flexible than others.

Choosing a flexible hose makes the hose easier to place, but with a rigid hose, you won't have to worry as much about movement.


When choosing a hose for your manufacturing process, be sure to also consider the temperature. Each different type of pneumatic tubing has a temperature limit that you will not want to exceed. Going past the temperature limit can cause the hose to fail.

Do You Need Pneumatic Hoses for Your Business?

Pneumatic hoses allow compressed air to flow from one point to another. As a result, they can be helpful in several different environments, such as in truck brakes, in a manufacturing setting, and the medical field. 

Are you interested in using a pneumatic hose in your business? If so, contact us today and let us know what type of hose you are looking for. We can help you make the best choice for your business!

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