Reciprocating Pneumatics

We would like to pair two double action cylinders on a single solenoid to act in a reciprocal manner, e.g when A is extended B is retracted and vice versa. In theory it should be possible using T- valves and flip flopping the valves on the cylinders. Any reason why it should not work?

None that I can think of. It should work!

Sounds pretty good to me.

My opinion though would be to prototype it first before putting it on the robot in case it doesn’t work.

yeah i also think it will work you just just need 2 T valves and cross the tubes of one piston

I don’t think any T fittings are needed. You connect the two ports of the valve to the two cylinders(same end) and connect the cylinders together at the other end. At least that works on paper.

sorry if i dont understand but i think he wanted two double action pistons (the part that extends or retracts) connected to one solenoid (the controller of it retracting or extending) and to what i read he never include any cylinders (the part that holds the air) and he wanted that when one piston extended that the other one retracted so i was thinking a see saw effect but with only one solenoid either to cut down in parts nessary and or to simplify programming and to cut down in sensor ports but the way it can be accomplished is using two t valves one for both sides of the solenoid and just place the tube opposite of each other(ex. solenoid “a” breaks out to the t valve and “t1” goes to the retracting side the side closer to the extending or retracting part then “t2” would to go the extending part closer to the prefab holes and just do the same with solonoid “b”)
p.s when i mean solenoid “a” or “b” its the output of one solenoid.

Sorry, terminology. I meant piston. I call the air storage vessel an air tank.

yeah thats what i thought was happening so i tried to define it better and i think that would work too. i think it could even make it more efficient by using less air. so it would make like an “s” shape solenoid to one piston and the air inside the other end will activate the next piston and work the other way around with the solenoid (like a series circuit connecting to one battery)