So, you’re in need of supplying clean, compressed air throughout your 200,000 square foot manufacturing plant, your 5,000 square foot machine shop, or even your personal 1000 square foot garage. What are your options?
In the field, I’ve seen most every imaginable set-up you could think of. I’ve seen a shop that had used schedule 80 PVC (typically used for low pressure plumbing applications), which is extremely dangerous, and could earn you a hefty fine from OSHA. I’ve seen copper tubing, which is easy on the eyes, but is expensive and requires a skilled installer to bend and solder joints and connections. I’ve also seen black iron pipe/galvanized pipe, which is the most common type of pipe for compressed air. Black iron, while more affordable in terms of material cost, is heavy, cumbersome, has to be threaded/fitted by an experienced installer, and can eventually rust which causes damage to expensive machinery and tools.
Parker Transair Compressed Air and Vacuum Piping System
Enter Parker’s Transair product, which Cross Company sells. Transair is an aircraft grade aluminum that is lightweight, easy to install, and resists rust and corrosion. Transair is much easier to install thanks to its push-to-connect components that are reusable and interchangeable. Transair is offered in sizes ranging from ½” to 6”, covering all of your compressed air needs. Extensions and additional drops can be added to the Transair system quickly and easily, saving you time and money.
Just take a look at the comparison of installation time for galvanized and copper pipe vs. Transair.
- Galvanized installation: 6 feet per hour
- Copper installation: 8 feet per hour
- Transair installation: 45 feet per hour
Many people have questions about the total cost. It is true that the initial cost of goods is higher for Transair versus galvanized metal and copper. However, as you can see above, Transair customers will save considerably on installation and labor. Your savings will also continue to add up long after the simple installation is complete. With the low friction coefficient of aluminum pipe, and air tight connections, Transair will quickly show you how much energy you’ve been wasting using conventional piping options.
Contact me and let me show you just how much you can save with Parker’s Transair Value Calculator!