Air receiver tanks are useful addition to your air compressor system, and they are recommended in almost every circumstance. They increase the storage capacity of your compressed air system, and that alone can make them invaluable, but they also do so much more.
Air receiver tanks remove temperature fluctuations and reduce the load on other components. They provide more consistent airflow, which eliminates pulsing and compensates for occasional surges in pressure. They also lower the energy costs associated with starting and stopping the motor.
Types of Air Receiver Tanks:
● Wet Receivers: Wet receivers remove moisture, installing them after the moisture separator works best, this will reduce the load on dryers and filters. They help remove contaminants, stabilize pressure and reduce pulsation.
● Dry Receivers: Dry receivers can guard against drops in air pressure by storing air for sudden demands. This ensures reliable performance from dryers and filters. The dry receiver is placed after the air dryer.
Safe Installation And Operation
Air Compressors can be dangerous if misused or poorly constructed, so they are regulated heavily. Nothing substitutes for reading the regulations, but here are some good principles to stick to:
● Keep Off the Ground – Place your receivers on a slightly elevated foundation so that they remain dry and do not rush
● Watch the temperature – If your receiving tank is outdoors, the condensed moisture could freeze
● Provide Proper Clearance – Allow plenty of space for maintenance and drainage
● Use Automated Drainage – Use a drain with an electronic timer or other automatic valve
● Install Safety Valves – Make sure you have nothing installed between the receiver and the safety valve
● Position Safety Valves – Position the safety valve in a way which will protect bystanders if it blows
● Secure Your Receiver – Bolt down or otherwise securely mount your receiver to avoid catastrophe
Servicing Your Receiver Tank
We recommend having your air receiver tanks serviced regularly. If it’s an older tank, the thickness should be measured and readings should be taken to examine corrosion. It’s good practice to hydrotest your tanks once a year.
To make sure your gauges stay accurate and give quality readings, they should be recalibrated about every 6 months. You’ll want an isolation valve installed to keep up tank pressure while servicing the gauge.
Though your tank should always have an automatic drainage system, it should still be regularly checked and drained to avoid problems. This is necessary when there is more condensation built up or when there is a risk of freezing.