Plant & Works Engineering

Complete compressed air delivery system installed

Published:  11 August, 2009

Teseo Air Systems has recently been installed on a major industrial production line.
UK manufacturer of large bearings and Split Roller Bearings, Revolvo, based in Dudley, West Midlands, had been operating out of a dated plant with compressed air delivered through a galvanised steel system with tees installed at every 3 metres.  The company had been expanding some 30% year on year but Paul Sidaway, Revolvo production manager, highglighted: “We outgrew the old plant. We didn’t have room to expand or the possibility to stay as modern as we aspired to be. We decided we required a new factory.”
The new plant, some 40,000ft2 in total, comprised a new unit, over £1.5 million of investment in new machinery and required the installation of a complete compressed air delivery system. Revolvo contacted local experts, Direct Air. After analysing the requirements, Direct Air recommended that the system would benefit from the installation of the Teseo pipe work system.    

The Teseo hollow bar system (HBS) and the aluminium profile (AP) products feature aluminium extruded piping which has an external rectangular section with tee slots and a fine, smooth internal bore. A wide selection of angle and straight joints, quick clamping pieces and connectors make the Teseo system totally flexible in layout design and quick to install. The speed and ease of accurate installation reduces labour time and skills to make the Teseo system an attractive technical and economic choice for modern compressed air and fluid delivery.

Allan Dolby, managing director of Direct Air commented: “We demonstrated that the Teseo modular pipe system would provide for a very flexible installation without the need to install tees and, as an added extra, the rigidity of the TESEO system enabled all of the electrical services to be supported.  This simplified installation and provided a very effective solution to provide compressed air and electric to each machine that was transferred across from the old site.”

Installation was carried out over a period of weeks but thanks to the design and benefits of the TESEO live drilling facility, production could continue unabated throughout the transfer period with no production lost as a consequence. 
Lighter than traditional galvanised steel airlines to install and handle the Teseo lines are also more energy efficient due to the high flow rates of a smooth profiled aluminium tube (typically 30% higher than steel) which equates to a lower pressure drop and overall energy savings from day one.

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