Compressed air distribution piping is the means for transporting compressed air and linking the compressor room (supply & storage) to the point of use. Furthermore, proper generation and usage of compressed air represents one of the largest opportunities for immediate energy savings. A properly designed compressed air system typically saves a plant 20 to 50% of its electric bill, sometimes even up to 60% within 24 months.

In recent years, aluminum compressed air piping systems have risen in popularity, particularly due to several factors:

  • Modularity
  • Quick Installation
  • Aestheticism

Aluminum also has a low friction coefficient, providing the best possible laminar flow. Full-bore fittings further minimize pressure drop for optimum flow and energy efficiency. Leak-free connectors prevent air loss and wasted energy.

Aluminum is ideal for installations requiring the highest quality air. Aluminum material will not rust or corrode, and has no rough surfaces or interior restrictions that accumulate contaminants. The smooth interior with full-bore design allows air to flow to your dryers and filters for efficient removal ensuring higher longevity of equipment.


The compressed air piping industry has long been dominated by traditional materials including steel, stainless steel, copper, and black iron. While these types are very familiar and widely used, they present a number of disadvantages:

1. Copper

  • Labor intensive
  • Danger from flames and fumes when welding
  • Air leaks

2. Steel

  • Special tools required
  • Required experienced labor
  • Susceptible to corrosion
  • High-pressure drop/air leaks

3. Stainless Steel

  • Bulky and heavy tools
  • Weight of larger pipes
  • Non-versatile system

4. Black Iron

  • Very heavy and difficult to install
  • Susceptible to corrosion and air leaks
  • Experienced fitters only
  • Difficult to modify
  • Costly to repair