Many industrial machines using compressed air as an energy source, use air cylinders or other pneumatic actuators to-do the specific work.
Compressed air is ‘explosive’ as it moves from high pressure to low pressure on it is way back to setting. Which means when the air valve adjustments and air passes to the cylinder, the cylinder piston and rod goes acutely quickly. A higher speed cylinder rod may possibly not be best for your application, and you will need to reduce the impact and the speed.
One simple method of controlling the rate of an air cylinder is adding flow controls in the air lines between the valve to the air cylinder, in the cylinder ports themselves, if not in the exhaust ports of the air valve, though the latter is least attractive.