One of the biggest problems in pneumatic system
design is over design. Thus, the results are excessive
in costs of the initial investment and it requires too
much energy. This article describes the development of
expert system based pneumatic design system, PNEUDES (PNEUmatic
Design Expert System), prototype that enables the user
the optimal design of pneumatic system. Once the design
requirements such as cylinder type and work load, etc.
are input to the system, optimal cylinder specifications
with standardized order-based size, valves types, and necessary
accessories are all determined. Also the configuration
information such as the connectivity among components and
cylinder image data are supplied to the user. It can also
help the novice of pneumatic design. The rule-based reasoning
approach is used as a reasoning strategy with Intelligent
Rule Element shell.