A Quick Checklist for Better Airtool Longevity and Productivity

If you’ve decided to make an air tool purchase, before you place that order, think about your current air compressor. Do you need a new one and if so, which one is right for you? Here are a couple of points to consider: will it be used for consumer DIY jobs, professional contractor applications or the more weighty commercial/industrial work? A second important factor is the frequency of use. Will it be used occasionally or every day? What are the spacing requirements – can it be moved? Consider the level of noise, your electrical requirements, accessories, ease of maintenance, parts and the availability of service. In addition, before purchasing accessories for your air tools, find out the inlet size, inlet type (NPT or BSP), air consumption (dynamic pressure) and hose diameter.

Now that you have the right air compressor, tools and accessories you need for the job (you can also take a look at what International Air Tool and Industrial Supply has to offer), don’t hesitate to ask us questions. It’s highly important that an air tool operator has a good understanding of the vocabulary and specifications of the air network before starting a project. This is also necessary to get the maximum production out of your tools.

There are two essential points to always keep in mind:

  • The dynamic air pressure of 90 psi/ 6.3 bars at the tool inlet
  • The air-flow recommendation of the tools’ manufacturers

Tool manufacturers use “torque”, “air consumption”, and “maintenance cycles” which are measured with a standard dynamic air pressure of 90 psi (pounds per square inch) /6.3 bars. This is a reference to the pressure required at the tool inlet. To ensure the best productivity and energy savings, the pressure drops that occur in the section between the pipe-end and the tool should be kept to a minimum.

Make sure to choose the right FRL (filter, regulator and lubricator). One FRL per tool is recommended and make sure the lubricator is topped up with oil. If you are unsure, the consultants at IATIS can help you. Remember, every airline accessory can create a pressure drop, so choosing the right one will improve safety and ergonomics as well as significantly reduce this occurrence.

In addition, when choosing the right hose think about its diameter, length and material. If you can, keep the hose diameter large. Choosing a shorter length will increase both its mobility and flexibility. Choose a material that is right for the work environment (e.g., exposure to heat, cold or friction). At IATIS, we recommend the use of hose whips to reduce hose bending and to protect against whiplash. The hose whip will also reduce the vibration transmission to the operator.

There are three diagnostic steps you can take to make sure that your air-compressor, accessories and tools are working as intended.

  1. 1)Read the FRL gauge regulator valve, measure dynamic pressure at the tool inlet and calculate the accessory air pressure drop.
  2. Check your tool manufacturers’ recommendations for tool inlet dimension, hose minimum size and tool air consumption.
  3. Make final measurements and any adjustments so the dynamic air pressure at the tool’s inlet reads 90/psi 6.3 bars.Remember, pressurized air can generate damages both material and physical. Make sure that all pipes, hoses and fittings have a rating of the maximum pressure of your compressor. Follow safety precautions and regularly inspect your airlines for defects. Repair or replace any defective equipment immediately. If you have any questions about your air tool network, get in touch with someone from the IATIS team and we’ll be happy to help you out. From air compressors to tools and accessories, we are your local pneumatic industry experts.

Interested in learning more about getting the most out of your pneumatic tools? Feel free to browse through our website www.intlairtool.com, send us an e-mail at info@intlairtool.com, or give us a call at 800-608-5210 for more information.