Choosing the Best Air Piping System and Avoid the Pitfalls

Written by Home Depot Shingles. Posted in Air compressor tubes, Compressed air distribution system, Compressed air piping sizing

Compressor piping
When it comes to choosing the right air compressor piping system, getting it right can make a ton of difference for your business as well as your wallet. When you install the appropriate compressed air pipe, you will avoid the pitfalls of pressure loss, rust, and other problems. Future headaches can be avoided by choosing the right type of piping and the right size, as well. When considering the proper compressed air piping materials, there are a few considerations to pay attention to, and you should always remember to keep first things first. Start by looking at the specifications of your compressor. Your compressor should tell you what the capacity is. This is extremely important when you are considering the size of the piping. Next, consider how far away your compressor is going to be from your equipment. This would seem like a no-brainer, but you might be surprised how often folks don’t anticipate this type of thing and wind up with too little piping or a length of piping that is way too long. Also, it is wise to consider any special type of requirements you might be dealing with. Is there oil in the air? Then it is best to not go with certain types of plastic piping. On the contrary, if the air is oil free, there might be some rust issues if you are using steel piping. In the manufacturing business, air compressor piping is an essential part of what makes up the tools in the arsenal. Roughly 70% of manufacturers have a compressed air system design of some sort ready to work for them. What is important to remember is that each one of these manufacturers has certain specifications in their shops. Getting the correct piping can be the difference between operating efficiently and losing a good deal of money literally into the air. When considering the size of your piping, if you are ever in doubt, go with the bigger size. It might be more expensive, but you will have less of a pressure drop and that will save you from future problems that could be very costly. Air compressor piping leaks can be very costly. You could easily be looking at extra costs of roughly $1,200 per year just in wasted energy alone. In a properly designed air compressor system, the pressure loss will likely be less than 10% of the compressor’s discharge pressure. This can be found on a gauge on the outlet of the compressor. Air compressor piping might not seem like something that needs to be paid that much attention to, but the truth is, this is one of the areas of manufacturing where money can literally be disappearing right under your nose. Take the time to make sure your air compressor system is the system that is right for you.

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