Your air compressor is an investment, and it’s important that you are getting the most from it. One way to make sure that you are running an efficient compressor is to take the time to improve the air piping design within the system. When you optimize the piping, you can improve the efficiency of the system, and ensure that your tools are getting the air they need to be able to adequately operate. Below are some effective ways to improve air piping design for your air compressor.
Use A Loop System
A loop distribution allows air flow in any direction so that you can benefit from using the path of least resistance. If you multiply the capacity of your straight-line piping by 1.5, you can get the loop distribution. If your piping is rated for 500 CFM for example, it would be rated for 750 CFM in a loop system.
Eliminate Quick Couplings
The connection to a stationary machine can be completed with hard pipe or a flexible connection with hose barbs to eliminate the use of quick couplings. The quick couplings should only be used when a quick disconnect of the hand tool or paint gun is required.
Consider Pipe Length
The longer air flows, the more significant the pressure drop. This is an important part of optimizing your air piping design and getting the most out of any new compressed air products.
Evaluate Pipe Diameter
Think about taking all your breaths through a straw. You won’t be taking in as much oxygen as your body needs. The same is true for your compressed air system. Pipe diameter can be a significant reason that not enough compressed air is reaching the end point.
Reduce Piping Elbows
An abrupt change in direction decreases pressure. The more elbows used in your piping system, the less pressure you’ll have. If you have to use an elbow, large or long elbows cause less of a pressure drop than short radius elbows.
The Size Of Components
It’s important to consider the size of all your air components. When things like valves, filters, or quick connections are undersized it creates restrictions in the air.
You should be testing regularly for leakage within your compressed air piping. PVC piping is a common material used that can crack or become increasingly brittle. From a system standpoint, aluminum and copper piping leak less than threaded iron systems. Aluminum also has the added benefits of no rust or scale, keeping your pneumatic system clean. The smallest leaks can cost thousands of dollars over the year, so addressing this early on can save you significant money in the long run.
Talk To The Air Compressor Experts
These tips can also help you increase the efficiency within your air compressor piping. If you have questions or would like to find out more about your compressor system, the friendly experts at Compressor Services can help you. Building the right system for your organization starts with the air compressor purchase. We have the compressor products that are right for you and your business. Contact us today to find out more!