In our previous blog, we discussed how to choose the right material for your industrial piping system. We took a look at the main varieties of material used in industrial piping, describing the benefits and limitations of each and touching on their most suitable applications. This month, we’re throwing a spotlight on stainless steel. We’ll discuss the advantages of stainless steel as a material and look at some of the component parts of stainless steel compressed air systems. In particular, we will focus on stainless steel press fittings and what it is that makes these so popular for use in compressed air systems.
Stainless Steel is an umbrella term applied to corrosion-resistant steel alloys containing 10.5% or more chromium. Their high resistance to corrosion is due to a thin but highly protective layer of chromium-rich oxide film that coats the outer surface. What is remarkable about this layer of oxide is that, in the presence of oxygen, it is actually self-repairing. This means that minor damage caused by abrasion or cutting is quickly repaired. This same layer of oxide means that stainless steel is also highly resistant to rust.
In addition to the pipes themselves, Air Energy offers an extensive range of innovative No Leak Solution press fittings. These fittings feature a thin, plastic film fitted to the outside of the o-ring. This plastic film tears and falls away only once the fitting has been securely pressed into place. This means that any faulty connections will be easily identified during the installation process.
Stainless steel pipes can be much thinner than other materials, such as aluminum, while still being highly durable and reliable. When used as part of a press fitting system, they are also much easier and quicker to install, resulting in significant savings in time and labor. For these reasons, stainless steel systems tend to be much more affordable than aluminium piping systems to buy and install.
Besides the initial costs of your compressed air system, the long-term operation and maintenance costs will be one of your key considerations. The unique, rust- and corrosion-resistant properties of stainless steel mean that it is highly durable, although regularly scheduled maintenance is always recommended to catch small areas of degradation before they begin to affect functionality.
Air Energy’s unique No-Leak Solution press fittings result in less of the compressed air leaking out of your piping system. This translates to a more efficient, less costly, more eco-friendly compressed air system. Not only do our press fittings prevent leakage of compressed air; the secure connections also mean that there is less opportunity for grease, moisture, and dust particles to enter the system, all of which can hasten wear-and-tear and lead to deterioration of the pipes.
Our customers around Australia have come to rely on us for top-tier products at competitive prices delivered with outstanding customer service. Our friendly, experienced team members are only too happy to talk through your next project and provide expert advice for all your compressed air and piping needs. Head to the contact section of our website to get in touch by phone or email.