While many reciprocating air compressor users simply connect their air hose directly to the discharge valve on their compressor, some users prefer to install a downstream air system to route the compressed air to their tools and equipment.
In this case, we recommend using Ingersoll Rand SimplAir piping for all industries. The SimplAir system is lightweight, provides superior corrosion resistance, and offers easy installation and modification.
There are some piping options that should not be used as they are not intended for this use, such as:
Unfortunately, although this type of piping is considered the most common because it is readily available, it could also be considered dangerous. PVC will eventually become brittle over time when used in a compressed air system leading to cracks, breaks or even shattering. These failures, combined with air under pressure, are potentially fatal due to the airborne, razor-sharp shrapnel. The use of PVC is an OSHA violation, which means you could incur a hefty fine.
RUBBER HOSE PIPING:
Rubber hoses work as a temporary solution, but they are not energy or cost-efficient. When you use rubber hoses, you tend to have pressure drop due to the hose not being rigid. In addition, over time your hoses will start to create an odor because of the rubber breaking down, which will eventually find its way into your products.