Have you found that your pneumatic tool is underpowered or not running as expected? Well, it could all come down to your air line accessories and/or connection, rather than the tool itself. It’s worth quickly checking your air line installation – a simple job that only takes a couple of minutes.
Chicago Pneumatic claims there are four key factors to take into consideration to ensure optimal performance of your pneumatic tool.
Each accessory from the filter, regulator and lubricator (FRL) to the tool’s inlet should be selected considering the following four key tool values:
1. Inlet size
Size of the tool’s air inlet. This value will help you select the correct size of connector.
2. Inlet type
Type of thread on the tool air inlet. The three main types of pneumatic tool inlet threads are:
- NPT (National Pipe Thread), mostly used in America,
- PT (Pipe Thread), mostly used in Asia,
- BSP (British Standard Pipe), mostly used in Europe.
3. Air compression as dynamic pressure
The volume of compressed air required by the tool to work properly and efficiently. This value is given in cubic feet per metre or in litres per second/minute (l/s or l/m).
4. Recommended hose diameter
While this isn’t typically classified as a tool value, tool manufacturers usually recommend the correct hose diameter to help ensure your tools perform at their best. The value is specified in millimetres (mm) and/or in inch (“).
Which factors matter for each type of accessory?
By double-checking these four values, you will not only increase your tool’s efficiency but also reduce safety hazards in the workplace linked to air line installation failure.
Chicago Pneumatic recommends enhancing your installation safety by reading its air line installation guide and self-diagnostic check list here.