Are You Getting Ready to Purchase a New Air Compressor System for Your Work Shop?

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Industries of all sizes have a compressed air system designs with a header pipe running at the top of the ceiling. In fact, studies show that as many as 70% of all manufacturing plants make use of compressed air piping layouts to provide compressed air systems to power their tools and many other materials. The most common, and the most effective, materials used for this compressed air system design is an air line piping system that is most often made of:

  • Copper
  • Aluminum
  • Galvanized
  • Black

The key thing to remember is that PVC plastic pipe should never be used. Having a system that is properly looped is essential. An automatic tank drain works in conjunction when with piping that is feeding air evenly from both sides. Any water in the pipe will fall into the drip well and will not make its way into the air compressor. As the air flows up hill into the elevated parts of the loop the water is not able to travel up hill. The water that falls will then head to an automatic tank drain thats purpose is to make sure that water stays out of the compressor. An air regulator should be downstream of the pump because nearly 20% of all the air used in the world is because of leaks in a system.
The Best Compressed Air Piping Materials Add to the Value of a System
Compressed systems are as efficient as possible. It is so important to make sure that the these systems are effective because even a 1/8 inch diameter hole in a 100 psi system can cost a company as much as $1,200 a year in wasted energy. In fact, much of the well spent maintenance is used to fix any and all sizeable leaks. Consider some of these other facts about the most common use of compressed air system designs:

  • 80% to 90% of an air compressor’s electrical energy is converted to heat.
  • 50% to 90% of the heat for heating air or water can be recovered by a properly designed heat recovery unit.
  • It is important to evaluate a distribution system and identify areas causing excessive pressure drops if pressure loss is greater than 10%. Unfortunately, every two pounds-per-square-inch decrease in compressor pressure reduces operating costs by 1.5%.
  • More than 50% of compressed air systems at small to medium sized industrial facilities have low cost energy conservation opportunities, according to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy audits.


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