27 November 2017 Practical advice for the efficiency of compressed air installations in tightening systems
How can you verify if the pressure level in the production line, measured in BARS, is effective for your air tools? How can you optimize your production operating costs? Here is some practical advice for the efficiency of the compressed air systems concerning tightening solutions.
4 fundamental check steps
In the production systems where compressed air is used as an energy source, to have an optimal air emission is fundamental for the correct operation of the air tools in line and for getting their best yield. The recommended dynamic pressure of the compressed air should be 6,3 BARS.
Here are 4 fundamental steps to verify the efficiency of the compressed air installation in tightening systems:
1. Measuring air pressure
The measurement of the air pressure must be done through manometer, that will be installed exactly at the tool’s inlet. If the measure is less than 6,3 BARS, a decay in the tool’s performance may occur.
2. Choosing the proper air distribution system
The choice of the air distribution system in a production line is an extremely important factor. It is possible to opt for a ring air supply system or for a rectilinear one. In the first case the compressed air is delivered in an uniform way in all the areas of the plant, therefore it results as the best solution.
In the rectilinear distribution instead, it is important to keep in mind the continuous load losses, caused by the length of the company’s plant.
In the case of air coming from a ring distribution, which hose is better and of which dimensions? In these cases it is fundamental to prefer linear hoses instead of spiral ones for better ergonomics and shorter air transition: if the hohes are not suitable, the air tool could be less performing due to the little air flow rate.
3. The importance of connection accessories
To choose the correct quick couplings, quick nipples and accessories is fundamental! If these are undersized or of old manufacture, a pressure loss could happen, leading to a bad functionment of the tool in the production line.
4. Checking quality of compressed air to increase efficiency of air tools
Modern technologies suggest a series of accessories (for example driers and filters) that help obtaining a good air quality: dry and clean, without any humidity signs.
All advantages obtained from efficiency of compressed air installations
The importance of the accessories, the correct choice of the feeding hoses, of the plants, of the quick couplings and the feeding’s regulation depending on the tool’s conditions of use are important and fundamental factors to guarantee a good performance of the production cycle. On the whole, these devices allow to have:
- Fewer maintenance and repair costs;
- A better quality of the assembled products;
- Energy saving