The Advantages of Pneumatic Tubing Systems
Pneumatic tubing enhances process efficiency and automation in many industries.
Relative to hydraulic or electrical systems, pneumatic tubing offers versatility, cost-effectiveness, and clean operation ideal for many manufacturing and material handling applications.
Pneumatic tubing can transmit compressed air, vacuum, or tiny parts and materials between points with equal ease. Its smooth interior surface transports payloads of all types without friction or electrical interference. This versatility saves space and complexity compared to separate air, vacuum, and product lines.
Properly installed and maintained tubing introduces minimal pressure drop over long runs. More compressed airpower reaches its destination to do more work per supplied CFM. Tubing systems also simplify routing adjustments on production lines. This allowins rapid changeovers to new part configurations without building new pipe runs.
From its affordable materials and simple push-to-connect fitting designs to its resistance to accidental damage, pneumatic tubing provides a low total cost of ownership. Its flexibility lets tubing snake around tight spaces in plant layouts without expensive elbows or modifications. Leak-free connections are simple for maintenance staff to inspect and repair.
When paired with quality components from MasterMac2000, pneumatic tubing proves durable even in punishing industrial environments.
Product Selection: Choosing The Right Type of Pneumatic Tubing
Within the pneumatic tubing category exist various options to suit an array of application needs. Choosing tubing constructed from the proper materials determines how long it will perform efficiently in its environment. At MasterMac2000, our experts can guide you toward the ideal tubing characteristics.
Manufactured from lightweight plastics like nylon or polyurethane in a variety of colours, flexible tubing excels wherever tubing must bend, twist or absorb vibration. It transports payloads between moving machine parts or amid hazards that could puncture more brittle materials. Flexible tubing is indispensable wherever tubing requires the ability to flex millions of times.
For applications demanding strength in the harshest plant conditions, rigid tubing constructed from steel, aluminium or other metals provides unparalleled durability. It maintains tight bend radii and pressure ratings above all other options. Rigid constructions are best for high-pressure jetting, outdoor runs, or situations involving chemicals, heat resistance or impact resistance.
Space-saving coiled tubing helps organise compressed air delivery amid crowded machinery footprints. Its tight continuous loops retract for easy access then extend on demand. Coiled tubing neatly ties together sprawling runs close to ceilings or tightly packed assembly stations without consuming excess floor space.
Some demanding applications call for combining the best properties of different materials. Reinforced tubing available in a range of diameters sandwiches flexible polymers between an inner lining and an extra durable outer braid or sheath. This “of the best of both worlds” approach yields properties like chemical resistance, higher pressure handling, temperature tolerance and kink resistance not found in single-material tubing.
Pneumatic Tubing: Material Specifications for Your Application
With so many tubing variations to choose from, deciding which type best fits your needs requires understanding key selection criteria. At MasterMac2000, our experts consider critical factors like pressure, temperature, chemicals, routing concerns, and more to deliver tubing perfectly suited to your process equipment and environment.
Every tubing has a maximum recommended working pressure. Exceeding this risks tube bursting or leaks. Consider your system's operating pressures as well as any surges under starting loads. Tubing underrated for pressure could fail prematurely.
Most flexible tubing functions between -10°C to 80°C but withstands higher or lower temps for brief periods. Rigid constructions tolerate broader temperature ranges. Know your tubing's working environment and any heat sources near the line.
Some tubing resists mild chemicals while others stand up to aggressive substances. Evaluate any fluids conveyed and ambient atmospheric conditions. Contact MasterMac2000 for lined tubing that protects against corrosive materials.
Does your application involve tight bends, looping, twisting or line movement? Stationary runs use less flexible tubing while dynamic applications require kink-proof designs. Proper tube design sustains reliability.
Tubing must work seamlessly with compression or other fittings planned for pressure-tight sealed joints. We'll ensure tubing and fitting materials chemically bond for leak-free connections.
By considering all relevant factors, pneumatic tubing from MasterMac2000 gets selected to last through years of reliable performance.
Our experts welcome your selection consultation.
Ensuring a Long-Lasting Pneumatic Tubing System Through Proper Air Hose Installation and Maintenance
While selecting the right tubing material lays the foundation for a durable pneumatic tubing system, proper installation and maintenance techniques help maximize service life. As experts who have installed thousands of tube runs over three decades, we at MasterMac2000 have some best practices to share.
- Prepare smooth, debris-free surfaces for fitting connections
- Route tubing to avoid sharp bends or abrasion near moving objects
- Secure tubing with plastic ties or metal brackets every 300-600mm
- Use compressed air to clean inside new tubing before connecting
- Snap tubing cutting tool blades or use a sharp hacksaw for clean cuts
- Inspect tubing and connections regularly for abrasions or leaks
- Replace damaged sections promptly to prevent systemic issues
- Release built-up dirt or condensation with compressed air blowing
- Lubricate compression fitting threads when removing and replacing
- Clean or replace filter elements regularly to maintain air quality
Proper techniques are crucial even for inherently durable tubing. Ongoing care ensures it withstands corrosive or punishing conditions without decline in pressure or vacuum performance over years of operation.
Reliably installed and maintained tubing equates to seamless process continuity.