What Kind of Piping Do You Need?

By on December 26, 2017

Compressed air piping materials

If you’re thinking that you might need new air compressor pipes, you might also be thinking about just what kind of air compressor piping is right for you. Using the right type and size of compressed air pipe is crucial to making sure your air compressor works properly. If you fail to use the right type and size, you can end up going through a lot of headache in the future. Compressed air piping is used to make sure the components of a compressed air system are held together and able to deliver power in the form of air pressure. Compressed air systems are used to power many different kinds of equipment such as separation equipment and spray painting equipment. In fact, about 70% of all manufacturers have a compressed air system, which just goes to show how crucial they can be.

The different types of compressed air piping includes: PVC pipes, galvanized pipes, and black pipes. There are others as well, but in this article we will be exploring these three at length. Other types of compressed air piping includes copper pipes, stainless steel, and aluminum pipes.

1. PVC Piping

While this kind of piping is very common and easy to find, as well as inexpensive, it is NOT RECOMMENDED for use with compressed air systems. This is because the kind of plastic these pipes are made from can become very brittle over time and crack and shatter. Compressor oils and heat from the air also tends to make the PVC break down quicker. When PVC pipes break, they can be fatal due to shrapnel that can burst from the pipe and it’s also an OSHO violation to use these pipes for air compression systems, which means you can end up with a fine.

2. Galvanized Piping

Again, this kind of pipe is NOT RECOMMENDED for the use of air compression. These pipes are generally used for water and plumbing, but not for air compression systems because it can cause the coating of the galvanized pipe to flake off. This can cause damage to tools and other components of equipment, costing you quite a bit at the end of the pipe failure.

3. Black piping

This kind of compressed air piping IS RECOMMENDED because it is strong and easy to install. The only downside to using black piping is that it can end up rusting with time, and it also takes quite a bit of time to install. Many people know the process of how to install it, so that shouldn’t be a problem, but it is quite time-consuming.

Do you have any suggestions for the kind of compressed air piping that you prefer to use? Share your suggestions in the comments below!

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