It’s important to think about the appropriate sizing of all components of your air system. If you’re investing in a compressor system, restricting the flow anywhere in your system could make it significantly underperform or cost you tons more in energy costs to run that compressor over its lifetime.
As air travels from the compressor head to your tool it travels through components like air hoses, fittings, valves, and tanks. Each of those will restrict the flow of air in how counting on the geometry of every component and therefore the magnitude of the flow passing through it.
For example, an extended small hose feeding a high air demand tool may result during a high-pressure drop. The results of this may mean either your compressor is functioning harder and using more power to stay up together with your air demands, or—if it can’t keep up—your tool performance is going to be reduced. In some cases, where torque or power at the tool is vital, you’ll not be ready to complete your work.
Quick calculators or charts are often mentioned for calculating the pressure drop by any of your components. the subsequent components should be considered for correct sizing.
- Hose reels
- System piping/tubing
- Quick connect fittings
Components like filters will have pressure drop ratings at different flow rates. make certain to see the documentation and specifications to match them to the system you’re installing the components on.