Re: New to Pneumatics - What to get?
A couple things that helped a lot. The biggest was going to solenoids that are not piloted. Many of the solenoids will not work below 45 psi. Our next big improvement was going to 5/32 tubing. We used 1/4 to feed our manifold and went to 5/32 from there out. The manifold we used is a 7 port that is about 2 inches long and weighs only a couple of ounces.
At state this year we went to a practice match first thing in the day and realized that we had not charged our air. We still had 50 psi on our working side from the night before. and 70 in on the main tank
The smaller line may not work well for large cylinders, but the 1" dia and smaller with 7 inch or less stroke that we use, is no problem