Which material will you choose for your compressed air piping?

When was the last time you thought about your compressed air piping system? For many companies, it’s one of those things that is out of sight, out of mind. But in order to keep your compressed air and piping system operating as effectively as possible, you need to choose the right material for your business needs. 

Here at GM Diagnostics, we’re a Bolton engineering company with years of experience when it comes to pipe fitting and maintenance. that’s why we have decided to write a quick blog about the most common  materials used for compressed piping systems. 

Pipe Fitting for Compressed Air & Cooling Water

These pipes come in a range of materials and each of the different materials have their own pros and cons, so it’s important to choose what pipes suit your needs. 

The four main materials include – 

  • Black iron 

This is widely available and quite moderate costing wise, it’s one of the most popular materials to use for piping. However, it can be difficult to install and maintain. There can be internal rusting over time which can then in turn cause damage. 

  • Copper

This material is brilliant as it provides a corrosion free internal wall, however it can be very expensive to source and also expensive to fit! Not to mention difficult to change if you decide to make any chances after the initial install. 

  • PVC

This is the most lightweight and cost effective choice for many people. It’s easy to install and it’s easy to make any changes after the original installation has happened. However, it has an occupational health risk under pressure and high temperatures. Many do not agree that this is a viable option when it comes piping materials. 

  • Aluminium 

This is another popular choice when it comes to piping. Not only is it lightweight, it’s highly resistant to corrosion and has excellent structural strength. If you’re looking at comparing this and black iron, it’s true that aluminium is most costly material wise, but you will make savings when it comes to the installation. 

Bolton Engineering Company

If you’re struggling with your piping system, then why not get in touch with one of our team today? We’re on hand to offer advice and our engineers work on sites across Bolton and the surrounding areas.