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What material should I use for the piping in my compressed air system?

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Air compressors create the energy used by pneumatic tools and processes throughout your compressed air system. The component that connects everything together is the piping.

It is very important to choose the right compressed air pipe to avoid pressure loss, rust and other problems. Below are some of the factors which are important in choosing the right compressed air pipe:

1) Air Flow: Each compressor has a different specification. Pick the one which is appropriate to the capacity mentioned in the specification.

2) Distance between compressor and your equipment: This is crucial as the compressed air out of compressor should reach the equipment without much of a delay or loss.

3) Size: If you can’t decide between two sizes of pipe, always choose the bigger one. Though it will be more expensive, you will have less pressure drop and lower potential for future problems. This can save you money in the long run.

4) Any other special requirements: It is very important to understand the specific requirements else it might lead to other problems. For an instance,
    a. if there is oil in your air, some types of plastic piping are not advisable.
    b. if your air is oil-free, steel piping will lead to rust-problems.

SO, WHAT KIND OF PIPING SHOULD I BUY?

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AIRnet, compressed air piping system

AIRnet is a piping solution that guarantees operational excellence for compressed air applications.
Below are the advantages of AIRnet: 1) EASY: With AIRnet there is no need for heavy tools or extra manpower. TAKE IT EASY • One person can safely handle and install AIRnet. While solid and robust, aluminum AIRnet pipes weigh five times less than galvanized pipes. • AIRnet is installed with simple tools. No welding, gluing or crimping is required. Welding or lathe machines are a burden of the past. • AIRnet offers a full scope of materials including pipes, fittings and accessories. 2) FAST: Installing a piping system is no longer time consuming, thanks to AIRnet. READY? SET? DONE! • The pipes are easy to cut, and the polymer or aluminum fittings ensure a perfect alignment instantly. • AIRnet does not require painting. In compliance with industrial standards, AIRnet pipes are standard painted for simple network identification. • AIRnet is adaptable to any existing pipe work. Future extensions can simply be plugged in. 3) RELIABLE: The reliability of AIRnet is not a hollow promise; it is a solid 10-year guarantee. THE RIGHT STUFF • AIRnet consists of aluminum and polymers, highly durable materials suitable for compressed air as well as for vacuum and nitrogen gas. • AIRnet is resistant to corrosion, mechanical shocks, thermal variations and outdoor weather conditions. • The AIRnet leak-resistant connections offer superior sealing.
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Key Features

- No corrosion, leak resistant and 10-year guarantee
- Press fit system ensures fast installation
- No welding, no threading: just push & press
- It saves you up to 85% on installation time
- High Quality Performance



The piping in your compressed air system can make or break the profitability of your company. Inefficient or faulty piping can wipe out your profit margin and give your competitors an advantage.

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Whether you have questions about which compressor is right for you, or if you’re ready to improve your operations and start saving on expenses. Chicago Pneumatic has been around for over 100 years because we offer reliable and hardworking air compressors, as well as expert advice and support.

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