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How to set up my air line correctly

There are 3 simple steps to make sure your air line installation is providing the right pressure and that your accessories selection is correct, so you can ultimately work productively. It does not take long and it is something you can easily do yourself using our self-diagnostic checklist.

3 steps to check that your air line is set up correctly: it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…


Step 1: Calculate if there is an air pressure drop between the FRL and the tool.


Step 2: Identify where pressure is being lost by checking that your accessories have been selected and installed properly.

There are various points to inspect, the main ones being: at the tool inlet, the couplings/nipples and hose connections, as well as the FRL.
To avoid pressure drops you want to make sure that:


Step 3: Final measurements and adjustments.

Once you are confident that all accessories have been selected & installed correctly, measure once more the dynamic pressure at the tool’s inlet.
You can then adjust accordingly the FRL regulator to ensure you get a reading of 90 psi / 6.3 bars at the tool inlet.

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How to prevent hose whiplash

Providing a safe working environment for operators is essential, especially when using pneumatic tools and compressed air. If there is a failure in the air network and the hose is not adequately clamped, the resulting whiplash could be devastating. Failure to follow best practice can result in injuries, associated production downtime and decreased productivity.

In this video Annabelle Bray, CP's Accessories Product Manager, demonstrates how to fit an air fuse to an air line set-up in just a few seconds, and gives advice to increase safety in the workplace and protect workers from potential hose whiplash.


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