Compressed Air Piping Systems

Friday 5 October 2018

3 Signs You Need to Install Cushion Clamps

Posted by at 6:38 AM

3 Signs You Need to Install Cushion Clamps

The amount of compressed air fittings to choose from when creating your compressed air system design is almost a little staggering. You might skip on one or two extra features to save some money, or maybe a non-essential piece breaks and you wait on replacing it. Strut cushion clamps are one item that is easy to skip on, but necessary in a few bothersome situations.
 

Vibration is annoying you or causing issues.


Heavy vibration is not only a bit noisy and annoying, but it can also cause issues in your equipment. Meters can go off, pressure can drop, and piping can corrode or come loose. If you're noticing function issues that might be due to vibration (or it's just plain annoying you), cushion clamps are ideal for absorbing some of that vibration. If clamps don't seem to fix the vibration issue totally, use caution. Your compressor or motor may be defective. Check those out next. Once vibration causes are taken care of, give your system a quick once-over to patch up any leaks and machine damage.

 

There is a lot of unwanted noise.


There's no getting around it: compressed air systems are loud, loud, loud. Just as strut cushion clamps can dampen vibrations, they can also minimize some unwanted clanking, vibrating, droning noises that might otherwise drive you and your neighbors nuts.

 

Your metal components are starting to become victims of galvanic corrosion.


You might also know galvanic corrosion by the name 'bimetallic corrosion'. Whichever name you call it, it can be a pain for your system. If you can't separate the two dissimilar metals causing the galvanic corrosion, strut cushion clamps may be a good solution. Properly designed clamps can block out elements that trigger the corroding galvanization process. That's why zinc-coated clamps are a popular choice, as zinc is commonly used to protect metals like steel from corrosion.


If you're already experienced with running a compressed air system, you know how much heat a compressor can throw. Of all the electrical energy an air compressor uses, round 80-90% ultimately is converted to heat. Make sure your choice in strut cushion clamps is approved to hold up to a wide range of temperatures. A decent range is -40 degrees Fahrenheit to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.


Lastly, make sure you get the right size! Measure twice, and then you only have to order once.