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A Beginner’s Guide to Compressed Air Piping Layouts

September 23, 2021

A Beginner’s Guide to Compressed Air Piping Layouts

Compressed air piping may seem like an elusive part of your air compression system, but it is in fact one of the most important aspects that have to be carefully maintained and quickly replaced if irreparable. The piping systems of your air compression system play a big role in the productivity and efficiency of your operations, and as such, you will need to stay on top of its workings to ensure long-term reliability.  



In today’s blog, let us examine the basics of compressed air piping layouts.



Good compressed air piping systems are essential for optimizing compressed air delivery. The first thing to bear in mind is how to properly create the right layout for your piping systems. Experts can advise you on this by looking at the blueprints of your facility and assessing the suitability of different layout options. There are two basic factors that have to be considered when designing the best compressed air piping layout:


  • Angles: too many sharp angles and complex twists and turns will hamper your compressed air delivery system. Not only do these turns and angles impede the speed of delivery, they can also result in reduced pressure. This will in turn cause your air compressors to work overtime in order to deliver an adequate amount of pressure, potentially leading to premature machine failure.
  • Distance: If your piping system is far too expansive for, it can make your compressed air delivery incredibly inefficient. This is why the whole process should not just rely on designing a good piping layout, but also on figuring out the best place to install your air compressors. If your air compressors are situated too far from where they need to deliver compressed air, you can count on having to grapple with many inefficiencies.


These two factors are just the most basic aspects of layout design for compressed air piping. Experts have to work with other factors as well such as where to install heat exhaust and recovery systems, ensuring the piping does not compromise other crucial wiring as well as electrical services and retrofits. If you are looking to get your piping system examined, upgraded, or re-installed, make sure to only use the services of credible technicians.