Air Tanks play a crucial role in air compressor systems. Not only do they store energy and help maintain air pressure balance, but also assist in minimizing the maintenance costs if properly sized. Tanks are either horizontal or vertical in alignment, and offer pressure ratings of 137 PSI, 150 PSI, 165 PSI, and 200 PSI. They can be with or without top plates, the latter mostly being used for rotary screw air compressors, piston air compressors, and vacuum pumps.
What to Consider When Choosing Air Tanks
- Sizing - The recommended sizing for air compressor tanks is 4 gallons per CFM for rotary screw and piston air compressors, and 2 gallons per CFM for variable drive compressors. However, there can never be enough storage for an air system.
- Installation - While there are many theories surrounding installation of air tanks, Compressor World experts recommend going by the textbook which states that air tanks should be installed after the compressor so as to reduce energy consumption, and help with the controls.
- Safety - When installing a new air tank, or replacing an old one, ensure that the following safety components are installed/ replaced too:
- Safety valve
- Pressure gauge
- Tank valve/ drain
- Vibration pads
While Compressor World furnishes comprehensive information on each of its products, should you face any doubts or confusions, our compressed air experts can help. Compressor World experts bring with them decades of combined experience in compressed air systems, and can help you with the information and expertise you require to make the best choice for your air system.
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