Obtaining a compressed air system for your facility can be a difficult venture but once you’ve purchased it, you should consider installation and everything that involves.
The Equipment Installation
Whether it’s installing a new complete system or just replacing existing equipment, Fluid-Aire Dynamics will help you deliver, set, install, and start-up any piece of new equipment. The company can complete all the electrical and ventilation not just do the piping of the equipment. The company can assure you that a compressed air installation will be proper, professional, and operate at peak efficiency with many years of experience.
Choosing a Suitable Location
It is important to choose a suitable location for efficient operation, quality, and life expectancy of the equipment. A number of factors may make this difficult or adversely affect the equipment while installation indoors is generally recommended:
- High noise levels from the unit
- Dirty or dusty conditions in the area
- High surrounding temperatures in the area
- Large amounts of compound fixation in the air.
Outdoor installation may make the equipment exposed to extreme temperatures and weather conditions, as well as dust, dirt, and moisture from the surrounding area. Outdoor installation may likewise cause extra expenses, including a solid pad, extra ducting and power supply and safety efforts, for example, fencing and safe house against climate conditions.
Checking the Suitability of the Floor
Compressed air installation indoors can be located on a standard concrete factory floor because they do not require special foundations or surface finish.
- Check that the floor is level, clean, and competent of taking the weight of the unit, any ancillary equipment and the equipment used to move it into position.
- Ensure the floor has the space and strength for a suitable enclosure if noise is a problem.
Plan and Install Efficient Piping
It is important to correctly size the pipework of your system in order to provide ample airflow and steady pressure to all system points. The width of the pipe decides the weight drop over the pipework. The Compressed Air and Gas Institute (CAGI) has published tables to appraise the weight drop from friction loss at particular pressures. Choosing the right type of piping material will have a large impact on your system’s airflow, pressure, and air quality. The poor choices of material, diameter and layout will cause limitations that will result in significant pressure drops across the system. PVC and ABS material are not recommendable. A certain synthetic lubricant can degrade these plastics and lead to ruptures, which is a health hazard. And also, air traveling through plastic pipes can acquire a static electric charge that can discharge when an employee touches it and this is the reason why PVC and ABS piping are not supported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).