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Large-scale compressed air applications can now benefit from Parker’s Transair pipe technology

01 September, 2011

Parker Hannifin has expanded its range of lightweight aluminium Transair pipe systems with the introduction of a new high volume version to meet the demands of particularly large industrial sites and larger scale vacuum applications. Claimed to be ideal for use as the primary network for compressed air supply in a diverse range of sectors – from the automotive and aeronautics industries, through food processing to printing works – the new 6” (168mm) diameter pipe system has been designed to complement the existing range of 16.5mm to 100mm pipe diameter sizes.

Developed as a clean and efficient alternative to traditional galvanised steel compressed air handling systems, Transair pipe systems feature exceptionally smooth bores to ensure optimal flow characteristics and superior energy efficiency, enabling compressed air customers to drive down operating costs while improving functionality, productivity and profitability significantly. The capital and operating costs of the Transair system are said typically to be less than 10 per cent of those of traditional steel welded pipe systems over a 10-year period.
Parker Hannifin reports that the pipework system is rapid and easy to fit, ensuring a leak free mechanical connection without the need for crimping, gluing or welding. It is also said to offer ultimate flexibility in use, giving a maximum return on investment, as all components are interchangeable and completely reusable for future modifications. Parker Hannifin adds that aluminium Transair pipe networks are highly robust, compact and lightweight, as well as being far easier to handle than galvanised steel equivalents that require considerable structural support.
Parker has also developed a new software programme, the Transair Energy Efficiency Calculator. This can give engineers an early indication of the savings to be made by opting for the Transair system by taking into account leakage rates or the age of an existing network, combined with the cost of electricity per kWh, for renovation projects. It can also calculate the potential gains of a new build project using the main system characteristics, such as pressure, power or throughput, number of annual service hours, type of dryer, length of the main circuit, open or closed circuit and the diameter of the main circuit.

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