Aluminum pipes and tubes are used widely, especially in construction, transportation, irrigation, industry and manufacturing fields. The surface treatments can be done according to the needs of the project at hand and the pipes can also be customized to meet with sizing requirements and the demands of use. Depending on the use of the tubes and pipes, they can be sand blast, powder coated, anodized, polished or even taken through electrophoresis. You can have them manufactured in different diameters and lengths to meet your needs and they can also take any shape from square to round and other special styles.
When it comes to piping material for compressed air systems, engineers have a variety of materials to choose from including galvanized steel, black iron, stainless steel, plastic and even copper. However, aluminum piping has become a much better option in recent times and is the choice for many architects, engineering firms and contractors. But what really makes the pipes better than other materials seemed to work just fine in the past?
1. Aluminum pipes are easy to install and modify. This is especially the case when compared to copper and steel systems. Since the aluminum pipes are supplied use ready, labor is greatly saved and usually costs are reduced too because no special tools are needed. The pipes are calibrated so the diameter remains controlled so users have quick connections to components and enjoy secure fits too. They are also easy to install and modify because they are much lighter compared to copper and steel pipes.
2. The piping does not require any soldering or threading. The systems are therefore are very easy to put together and it becomes even easier to make any necessary modifications to them. The truth about threaded connections is that they are prone to leakages and leakages end up making the compressors to run longer and harder thus riding utility costs higher. With no threading required for the aluminum piping, you have minimized system leaks and utility costs are thus kept down.
3. Aluminum pipes tend to be resistant to corrosion. This translates into optimal flow of air, better air quality and reduced costs of energy. The same cannot be said for steel pipes that rust easily as a result of moisture inside the systems. When corrosion takes effect, the air compressor is forced to work harder to maintain system pressure requirements. It also affects air quality, meaning it will not be suitable for applications that demand for clean air. With an aluminum piping for your system, you easily will meet with ISO air quality standards should that be needed by the application.
When looking for pipes, it is of importance to consider the application requirements and then weighing the material options so you are able to make a choice that will serve your every need without fail. Aluminum pipes and tubes have proved to be reliable in various applications and your manufacturer can help ensure that you get the perfect style and sizing for your requirements.