Ever since she was a young girl, my sister has been interested in agriculture. After graduating with a degree in agriculture education, she accepted a teaching position at a local high school. For the past three years, she has been amazing her students with her knowledge about subjects such as raising beef cattle, growing flowers, and canning fruit preserves. Since she has a sweet tooth, canning fruit preserves is one of my sister’s favorite pastimes. If she ever has the time, she may even launch her own home based business canning fruit preserves to sell to customers. If you’re considering canning jams, jellies, and other sweet goods to sell to customers, you will need to invest in some state-of-the-art industrial equipment. On this blog, you will discover the types of industrial equipment that are necessary to start a canning business.
When you run a hospital or medical facility that requires a new compressed air system, there are some factors to consider before you begin the installation. Whether you're updating an old system or implementing a new one from scratch, safety, dependability, and compliance are factors that you need to keep in mind with compressed air units. Though compressed air piping offers a reliable way to have a continuous supply of air on-hand, you should understand what you're getting into with an installation before you put a new system to use.
Safety and Compliance
When you're installing a new compressed air system, you need to understand the differences between metal and plastic or PVC piping. The differences are marked when you consider safety, as plastic pipes can be vulnerable to safety hazards, like rupturing from compression differences, or internal fire that cannot be contained within the pipe and results in an explosion. Though code regulations dictate that plastic pipes aren't suitable for hospital settings or anywhere above-ground compression systems are utilized, some older facilities may be using an outdated system. So when you go to upgrade your compressed air units (whether you hire a contractor or service through in-house maintenance), you're going to want metal as the material of installation.
Beyond updating the piping of an old system, components should meet compliance and safety regulations and compatibility needs as well. Proper functioning of your air compression system relies on both correct pipe alignment and component compatibility to distribute air properly. For example, metal pipes can be composed of anything from iron to aluminum, but if you use interconnecting components, valves, or bypass units that are of a different metal from piping, you may find shorter lifespans or frequent malfunctioning of your unit. So temperature, vibration, and elemental exposure rates can have a differing effect on the various metals of your system at different rates, leaving you with a compressed air system that may not be able to offer steady air pressure or reliable cycling.
Piping also depends upon the type of compressor your operating, as inlet and and discharge systems have to connect through various stages of filtering and drying. Though piping configurations differ slightly between rotary, centrifugal, and reciprocal compressor, you should always consider conditional factors, like temperature, vibrations, and pressure exposure when installing inlet and discharge lines. You should also be aware of compatibility of components in the discharge system with lubricants that are incidentally leaked during normal operation.