Design development for a new air tool
ATA Air Tools (ATA) manufactures and distributes pneumatic air tools to over 50 countries in major industries such as Aerospace and Automotive. Pneumatic tools are most commonly power by compressed air through a vane motor. This type of motor requires lubrication which can be problematic for many applications in particular in the aerospace sector.
A.T.A. Ltd sought assistance from PEM’s Strategic Research Centre to develop an innovative air-driven motor which removes the need for lubricant and also achieves the required torque in the compact design.
The Innovation Voucher objectives were as follows:
PRODUCT FORMAT AND STRUCTURE
Through the theoretical and CFD analysis, the project delivered a more advanced understanding of the performance of the motor in relation to:
The CAD modelling and rapid prototyping provided visual aids for manufacturing research and key components for performance testing. ATA now intend to build on this research in scaling the design to a range of air tool products.