Air receiver tanks receive compressed air from the compressor pump and store it until required. They are utilised to meet peak demand where short duration air requirements exceed compressor pump capacity. Compressors up to 22kW (30hp) are often mounted on a horizontal air receiver which forms an integral part of the compressor unit and its control system.
Vertical air receivers have a smaller footprint than horizontal receivers and can be used as primary or secondary storage reservoirs in a compressed air system.
An additional vertical air receiver may allow an existing compressor to cope with increased intermittent demand of short duration without the need for compressor replacement.
Strategic placement of such a receiver next to a distant piece of equipment with this type of demand enables an immediate air supply without pressure drop due to the friction effects of a long run of pipe.
Additional advantages of an air receiver of adequate capacity are:
- Prevents excessive loading and unloading of the compressor, thus increasing the life and reliability of the control components.
- Collects condensed water which may have carried over from the aftercooler and moisture separator.
- If located in a cool place ahead of a refrigerated or desiccant dryer, will provide initial cooling and moisture reduction in the air thus reducing the load on the dryer.
- Provides damping of pressure pulsations from reciprocating (piston) compressors.
- Reduces the pressure fluctuations in the compressed air system avoiding needless compressor start-ups.
Pneutech stocks a range of vertical air receivers with capacities from 150 to 1184 litres. Larger sizes up to 5200 litres can also be supplied against firm order. Alternatively, greater system capacities can be achieved by strategically placing more than one additional smaller vertical receiver remote from the compressor as necessary.
The range of Pneutech vertical air receivers is listed below.
We can advise on the size and position of additional vertical air receivers in your plant.