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Basics of compressed air

PDF - 26 pages - 2019 - English

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Compressed air is an important source of energy for several industrial applications. As the fourth most used fluid after electricity, natural gas, and water, it is used to operate a range of pneumatic tools and equipment. Compressed air is used for so many applications because it entails a number of advantages.

Many applications for compressed air:

  • General industry
  • Machine shops
  • Body shops
  • Garages
  • Tire shops
  • Construction contractors
  • Do-it-yourselfers, artists and other professionals

Benefits of using compressed air:

  • Less costly to use than electricity
  • Clean energy
  • Precision of use (air volume and pressure can be adjusted)
  • Installations require less physical space
  • Fewer fire risks (no sparks)
  • Maintenance centralized at the compressor (for motor)
  • Occupational health and safety: lighter tools reduce fatigue and injury

The 7 foundations of compressed air

Through 7 questions, learn more about the basics of compressed air. Understanding the fundamentals is the best way to manage this energy source and make sure it is used safely, efficiently, and optimally.

  • What is compressed air?
  • What is air pressure?
  • What is airflow?
  • What is overpressure?
  • What is pressure loss?
  • What is excessive pressure loss?
  • How to eliminate pressure loss?

Key points:

  • Understanding the fundamentals of a compressed air system is the best way to manage this energy source and control-related costs.
  • A sound grasp of basic compressed air concepts is critical when designing a compressed air piping system.
  • The fact that pressure is too low or airflow is weak at the point of application does not necessarily mean that compressor capacity is deficient.
  • Pressure loss can be prevented with the right compressed air piping system, appropriate accessories that are properly maintained, the elimination of excessive leaks, and an air tank and compressor with sufficient capacity.
  • Planners need to properly understand air pressure, airflow, and pressure loss in order to deliver a compressed air supply that is safe, efficient, and optimal.

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