Is it better to have the least amount of bends when plumbing for compressed air?

by Dan
(Woodland Hills, CA)

We recently put a new compressor in our factory to replace our old one, but did not do any new plumbing. I took a look at what's in place and found miles of what seems to be excess pipe, filled with loops and bends. I believe I could re-pipe everything with hundreds of feet less pipe and increase my compressor efficiency.


Looking for another opinion.






Bill says...

As a general rule, less pipe and fittings is better than more, when it comes to compressed air.

You may want to read this page on on pressure drop .

Cheers,

Bill



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Intercooler in air compressor

by K.Karthikeyan
(Kumbakonam Tamilnadu India)

what is the advantage of using Inter-cooler in the multistage air compressors? How it improves the overall efficiency of the compressor? Please explain me elaborately.

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Bill says...

Hi Karthikeyan... in simple terms, yes, it does improve the overall efficiency of the compressor.

If you want specifics, I'd suggest you contact some compressor manufacturers that offer the intercooler as an option. I am sure they will provide the evidence to support the use of them in their compressors.

Cheers,

Bill

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plumbing pressure switch

by jason tharp
(vallecito, co.)

I am replacing the regulator and pressure switch on a speed air do I need to hook up the regulator between the the tank and the pressure switch ?

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Bill says...

The pressure switch is in the line between the compressor head and the check valve into the tank.

The regulator is in the discharge line.

So no, do not put the regulator between the tank and the pressure switch, but only on the tank discharge line to where you are plugging in your air line.

Cheers,

Bill

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