Look around compressed air systems, new and old, and you will see a variety of materials used for pipework. Installations could be using galvanised steel, stainless steel, crimped pipe, and even plastic.
Traditionally galvanised steel gets used for compressed air systems for a few reasons:
Contractors are familiar with the material, so it gets included in specifications
- Material costs are low
- The pipe and fittings are common, making them easy to get
- It’s rated for high pressure
But aluminium pipework is becoming another option and it’s considered a superior material. It solves some of the disadvantages of traditional pipework systems.
So, what are the benefits of swapping aluminium pipework into your installation specification?