Compressed air piping
For all your compressed air and vacuum technology needs, you can rely on Mid-Tech for professional, expert solutions backed by OEM parts and lubricants.
- Complete system design, plan and installation service
- OEM warranties
- Flexible service and maintenance agreements
- Optimal air quality supply to suit your needs
Why compressed air piping matters
Compressed air piping matters so much because your initial, well-considered outlay on machinery could end up compromised if you get it wrong.
Pressure drops, particulate build-up and uneven air flow, could result in costly downtime for repairs, replacement installations of piping, tools and equipment or worse, an unusable end product.
At its most basic, the piping system transports the air from the compressor to the point of use. This transportation could be within the confines of a DIY workshop or could total several metres across a production line. As with all elements of your compressed air system, the type of piping you choose should be carefully selected to match your specific air requirements.
The piping particulars
The Mid-Tech team of factory-trained engineers are fully conversant in all kinds of piping: UPVC, PVC, ABS, nylon, copper, stainless steel, and the Infinity and Transair aluminium piping systems.
Plastic (PVC, UPVC and ABS)
Cheap, readily available, lightweight and easy to install, plastic pipework initially ticks all the boxes for compressed air use. However, care should be taken over the use of plastic piping as, over time, it can become brittle and prone to shattering, it can warp with extremes of temperature and where oil is used in the system, it might even corrode.
Nylon is lightweight, remains stable under heat and light, resists cracking and is relatively inexpensive; however, its rigidity comes at the cost of flexibility. As a result, it may not withstand the same temperature extremes as other pipe variants.
Copper and stainless steel
Both stainless steel and copper pipes remain free from rust and corrosion when in contact with water, making them ideal for many compressed air applications. As with all pipework, these options aren’t perfect:
- Copper can be tricky to weld effectively for strength and durability in the joints
- The threads of stainless steel pipework can seize up
- It is heavy to support.
These factors make both metals hard to maintain and require specialised installation that takes time.
Galvanised and black pipework
Black pipework is very popular given its durability and strength, whereas galvanised metal is recommended for plumbing only. However, both options are prone to rusting both inside and out. Without the necessary filters, this can lead to particulate build up around nozzles, connectors and sensors, varying pressure levels and, in the case of pneumatic tools, can result in total malfunction.
Aluminium is probably the most expensive material for piping, but is fast becoming the standard against all other materials. Given its light weight and anti-corrosion properties, the time saved in transporting and installing it could well offer a return on your investment over time.
A major benefit of aluminium is that it ensures a low pressure drop through the pipework and fittings, making it a far more efficient and energy saving option versus the alternatives.
Mid-Tech are the people for piping
When you consider that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach for compressed air systems, it is critical that you get every aspect of it right. Just because a particular component is commonly used or is a cost-effective option does not necessarily make it suitable for your operations. Specific compressed air requirements like clean air or operating in extreme temperatures should determine any decision you make.
Here at Mid-Tech, we’re the compressed air systems experts from design and planning to installation and maintenance. We can offer guidance and technical expertise to ensure your system is fit-for-purpose and performing optimally for as long as possible.
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