When you’re looking to install or upgrade piping for your shop’s compressed air system, make sure you do it right:
Plan for future growth and install the largest pipe diameter feasible;
Minimize the use of pipe “T”s and right angles;
Install a flexible hose between the compressor tank and the piping to eliminate stress on pipe connections caused by compressor vibration;
Provide adequate bracing/support when hanging pipe from ceilings or walls;
Use only full-flow ball valves to minimize pressure drop;
Loop distribution to balance pressure and flows at all points of use;
Connect point-of-use pipe drops to the top of the header to reduce moisture carry-over; and
Install drip legs at each point of use to capture residual moisture.
Storage and control Receiver tanks provide a first stage of moisture separation, and store air for later use.
Tanks stabilize system pressure and provide an “air buffer” to compensate for fluctuations in air demand. Regulators placed at the point of use will further “regulate” the air pressure for the specific tool.
Guidelines for tanks:
Pressure rating must exceed highest possible system pressure;
Must have safety relief valve, pressure gauge and drain to remove liquids; and
Must meet ASME or other required code (check with local authorities).
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