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Compressed Air Piping Systems



At one time, the piping system in a compressed air network was an afterthought, and little consideration was given to the type of system installed in a facility. A veteran of the compressed air industry once estimated that more than 50% of manufacturers do not even have a good diagram of their compressed air distribution systems, and they would probably be shocked by what they would find! Now, however, it has become clear that more companies see the piping or distribution system as an integral part of the design of a compressed air network.

Think of your compressed air like any other commodity, such as food. You can produce the best food in the world, but without an effective distribution system, it cannot get where it needs to be, either on time or in the best possible condition. The highest quality compressed air means nothing if it is distributed through a piping system that is rusty, corroded, or infiltrated by water. The design of the distribution system plays a critical role in ensuring efficiency, just like shipping any other product.

The science of compressed air distribution systems has evolved over recent years. Piping systems are available that make it easy to change or modify them, such as adding new drops, capping unused drops, or eliminating leaks, while improving the overall efficiency of the compressed air network. For example, a leak in your facility's system can cost your company money just as a leaky faucet would in your home. A 1/16" leak could cost $732/year and a 1/8" leak could cost $3,000/year based on a rate of $0.07 kWh.

Plug the holes in your system, save money, and increase efficiency by hiring a trained compressor expert to perform a system assessment at your facility.

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