In nearly every industry sector, air tools and compressed air systems are used. Air tools, as the name suggests, are powered by compressed air, as opposed to traditional power tools, which are powered by a 120/240-volt mains supply or a battery.Learn the basics of how they work, the importance of correct air infrastructure and correct air pressure here.

The Importance of Correct Air Infrastructure and Correct Air Pressure

A correct air infrastructure installation and air pressure setting is essential to the correct functioning of your tool and the productivity of your application. Here’s what is correct – and what isn’t correct – to optimise air line installation.

Correct Actions for Air Tools Installation

  • Planning the air infrastructure in your work environment and using appropriate product settings will help maximize tool efficiency, reduce energy waste, and lower system operating costs.
  • Select the proper air tool because the amount of airflow demanded by the air tool determines the pressure drop during an installation: the greater the flow, the greater the pressure drop.
  • In order to avoid wasting energy, facilities should tune their compressors to match power applications that have the appropriate air volume and flow rate.

Things to Avoid During Air Tools Installation

  • Inadequate air pressure: Many businesses operate their air tools with insufficient or improperly regulated air pressure. The setup of the air infrastructure must be done correctly for the tool to function as intended.
  • Wrongly chosen pneumatic equipment: In a compressed air system, improperly sized hoses and outdated pneumatic equipment are frequently disregarded and are often the root of the issue. 6.3 (90 psi) bar is often required for a pneumatic tool to work at rated power.
  • Too many (additional) connections: Adding more pipes, connections, and air tools to an existing air system can result in increased pressure drops and reduced system efficiency. The cost of maintaining the air infrastructure and the air compressor will consequently rise.

Air Tool Installations—Assembly Tools and Material Removal Tools

Assembly Tools Installation

Pistol grip assembly tools which have low vibration levels are commonly installed using a straight plastic hose with couplings.Straight screwdrivers use balanced hose reels; the requirement of couplings depends on whether the user needs to switch tools or not.Small couplings are appropriate for low air flow-required assembly tools. Larger coupling sizes are needed for large impact wrenches.

Material Removal Tools Installation

The most common hose sizes for a material removal tool are between 10 mm and 20 mm, and the typical length is between 5 m and 10 m. The hoses are bigger and longer in a select few situations. When using low-level vibration instruments for removing material, this installation is typical.When the couplings are subjected to harsh impacts (such as with some grinders and percussive tools) or when the tools are particularly heavy and their weight poses a risk of breaking the couplings, it is advised to use a central hose along with a short whip hose.

Examples of Air Line Infrastructure

Your tools will be utilised to their fullest capacity with the help of a wide variety of air line accessories. These include:
  • Air Pressure Regulators: Improves operating economy as it ensures the pre-set working pressure remains constant
  • Blow Protectors: Reduces the risk of fittings coming loose from hoses and blowing compressed air around
  • Swivels: To keep the hose out of the way when using an air tool
  • Hose Clamps: For securing the hose

Maintenance and Safety

  • Lifetime can be increased by lubrication. To set and monitor clean, dry, lubricated air, use a filter and regulator.
  • Keep the distance as short as you can. Use the proper kind of hose, no longer than 3 to 5 meters/10 to 16 feet.
  • Dimensions of the inlet thread: For each instrument, select the appropriate nipple connections with the full flow for optimal performance.
  • Consumption of air: To guarantee that the tools receive the proper air pressure, think about using larger pipe sizes and connections.
  • Permitted pressure decrease: Avoid leaks and pay attention to them
  • Work setting: If working outside or in challenging environments, install an air line system that is more robust.

Air Compressor Installation from Air Power East

Make sure the equipment is installed correctly after choosing a high-quality air compressor and air tools for your company. What’s the best location for it? What additional tools and resources are required to maintain the compressor’s peak performance? With more than 30 years of experience in air compressor servicing, spare parts, and repairs, Air Power East can offer a variety of alternatives for air compressor servicing and air tool management.Contact Air Power East right away if you require assistance or information regarding the installation of air tools.

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