Transair Engineering Tools, Installation Instructions and Resources
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Engineering Tools and Resources

The Transair service experience doesn’t end with your purchase. Our Sales and Customer Service teams provide complete piping project assistance and compressed air system design to complement our product.

Industry Applications

Dust and outdoor installations rapidly accelerate the deterioration of compressed air systems for traditional black iron compressed air systems. To combat these elements, the outside of Transair pipe is specifically coated with a Qualicoat certified powder-coating to enhance its mechanical, physical, and chemical properties, making it ideal for the most aggressive industrial application. Transair is also certified ISO 9001 version 2000 and operates a Quality Management System in order to ensure the level of quality and service that is expected by its customers in a wide range of industries.

Parker Hannifin has successfully installed optimal performing Transair air systems for a number of industries, including:

• Military
• Marine/Shipbuilding
• Energy/Power industry
• Textile
• Semiconductor
• Aerospace
• Automotive
• Wood working
• Rail metal fabrication
• Food and beverage

• Pharmaceutical
• Chemical
• Mining
• Paper and pulp
• Printing
• Biomedical
• Waste water treatment
• Electronics
• Agriculture
• And many others!

Transair Air Systems are ideal for a range of industry applications

Thanks to its large selection of diameters from ½" (16.5 mm) to 6" (168 mm) and an extensive range of accessories, a Transair system meets the requirements of numerous industrial and garage workshop installations. Furthermore, the simple installation, energy savings, and flexible modular design of Transair makes it the most efficient piping solution available.

Transair Connection Technology Overview

Transair's modular design make it easier and less expensive to install than traditional systems. Its aluminum piping is lighter than standard steel piping and the fittings eliminate the need for special tools, pipe preparation and threading and are ready for immediate pressurization.
Transair's modular design offers easy installation
Pipe-to-pipe and male connectors in Ø 1/2", Ø 1" and Ø 1 1/2" can be immediately connected to Transair aluminum pipe. Simply push the pipe into the connector up to the connection mark. The gripping ring of each fitting is then automatically secured and the connection is safe.
The fittings eliminate the need for special tools
Pipe-to-pipe and male connectors in Ø 2" and Ø 2 1/2" can be quickly connected to Transair aluminum pipe by means of a double clamp ring. This secures the connection between the nut and the pipe. Tighten the nuts to secure the final assembly.
Aluminum piping is easy to lift and handle
Pipe-to-pipe and male connectors in Ø 3", Ø 4", and Ø 6" can be quickly connected to Transair aluminum pipe. Position the pipes to be connected within the Transair cartridge and close/tighten the Transair clamp.
Transair offers optimum safety coefficient
The Transair aluminum pipe system features quick connect technology that secures connections with minimal tooling required.
Download the Transair Pocket Installation Guide

Compressed Air Piping Installation Guidelines

When installing compressed air piping, always adhere to the following installation guidelines to reduce the risk of injury:

•Calculate expansion/contraction of system prior to installation.
•Complete all tests, inspections, and compliance checks prior to pressurization
• Protect pipe from mechanical impact.
• Avoid rotation of pipe and supports as well as loosen the nuts during installation.
• Avoid installation within a solid mass (concrete, foam, etc.) without proper protection.
• Do not hang external equipment on pipe, use pipe as support for electrical equipment, or expose pipe to chemicals that are incompatible with components.
• Vent piping sections prior to maintaining or modifying the system.
• Use only Transair components and accessories throughout the system, including pipe clips and fixture clamps.
• Install pipe with two supports per 10' length, and three supports per 20' length.
• Examine all hoses and connections to see they are in good condition before pressurizing the system.
• Never point the air hose nozzle at any part of your body or at any other person. Never look into the end of a compressed air device or kink the hose to stop airflow.
• Do not use a pipe wrench to tighten fittings on 1/2", 1", and 1 1/2" pipes.
• Use flexible hose to absorb vibrations and always use an anti-whiplash strap.
• Never cut the pipe with a saw.
• Always carefully chamfer and deburr the pipe after cutting or drilling pipe.


With Transair, labor accounts for just 20% of installation costs

Parker's sales team plays an integral role in the specifying process, assisting engineers, contractors, architects, purchasing agents, and facility owners in specifying our innovative products.

When you spec Transair, you’re getting an exceptionally innovative product that combines quality design, unparalleled versatility with decreased facility downtime, remarkable labor, and cost savings. With Transair, labor accounts for just 20% of installation costs, compared to 50-80% with steel or copper, and the sustainability of Transair reduces your energy costs while increasing productivity – all within budget!

Bidding on a new compressed air piping project? Include our product specification submittal document. 

Download Specification Submittal Sheet

CAD Drawings

Download CAD Drawings for Transair products

Parker has made a large number of Product CAD drawings available to users of the Transair aluminum pipe system.  This free service provides access to more than 200 Transair drawings, available 24/7.

To ensure our customers worldwide can use the files, the available 2D and 3D formats are compatible with all major CAD platforms on the market, including:

• 2D DWG 13
• 3D Google SketchUp
• 3D Parasolid 11.1
• 3D STEP AP203
• 2D DXF 13
• 3D Pro/Engineer Neutral
• 3D STEP AP214
• 3D Acis 6.3
• 3D Inventor

• 3D Pro/Engineer v20
• 3D Thinkdesign
• 3D Inventor
• 3D Solid Edge
• 3D TopSolid
• 3D Mechanical Dkp
• 3D SolidWorks
• 3D Unigraphics

Compressed Air Piping Layout

Transair Aluminum Piping

Pipe Material
Traditionally, engineers have specified a variety of piping materials for compressed air systems, including black iron, galvanized steel, copper, and stainless steel. More recently, aluminum piping has become the preferred option considered by mechanical contractors, architects and engineering firms. Some of the disadvantages of these systems versus aluminum include labor intensive installation, corrosion problems, prone to leaks, costly to repair or may pose safety concerns and often other systems are hard to modify.

Diameter Considerations:
The cost of compressed air frequently represents a high proportion of the initial cost of a compressed air system. While smaller diameter pipe will help save on capital cost, the restriction due to the small pipe causes greater pressure drop throughout the system, thus increasing energy consumption. Those higher energy costs can quickly exceed the price of larger diameter piping.

Layout Considerations:
The ideal distribution system provides an optimal supply of compressed air at the required pressure to all locations. The layout of compressed air pipelines, however, creates friction and results in pressure drop. Pressure drop in a compressed air piping system should be no more than 1 to 2% of capacity.

Strategies to Reduce Pressure Drop

Install the compressed air main piping in a loop or grid, so that there are multiple paths for air to travel to any location. Even in a simple loop, there are two paths for air to get to any user. If this halves the flow traveling in each direction around the loop, then pressure drop is reduced to ¼ of the level that would be seen in a single trunk line of the same pipe size.

Always use full port valves that do not reduce pipe diameter. Ball valves are preferred, but butterfly valves can be a good choice, as long as the seal materials are compatible with compressed air, moisture, and compressor lubricant.

Install isolation valves at many locations in the air mains. This allows small sections of the main to be shut down to accommodate expansions, additional drops, or pipe modifications without shutting down the entire air system. This reduces the temptation to split undersized air drops to many machines whenever an additional drop is required.

Install periodic drip legs from the bottom of the air mains. These should be used only for draining contaminants and/or checking air quality. If the system is being installed new, and is not of an easily modified material, consider placing a tee and valve at each pipe coupling, so that an outlet is never more than 10 feet down the air main.

Limit use of elbows, minimize changes in the direction of airflow, remove constrictions, reduce excessive pipe lengths and isolate unused compressed air piping because it may be a significant source of air leaks.

It is important to note that improper or incorrectly applied piping and material in a compressed air system can result in mechanical failure, damage, and serious injury or death. For assistance in your next piping layout, please contact us regarding our take-off services.


Parker focuses on providing sustainable solutions Parker focuses on providing sustainable solutions at every stage – from research and development, product manufacturing, system installation and efficient operations through the life of a building – for the people, planet and increased profits.

No Flames, No Fumes: Our no-flame connection method allows for faster installation and safer environments by reducing hazardous and noxious fumes and reducing overall man-hours on a project.

Improved Air Quality: Transair reduces the emissions of Particulate Matter on the job site.

Zero Incremental Electrical Energy: There’s no need for electricity and no draw on the power grid. Welding or soldering can use up to 2,000 watts per hour on a four-inch joint.

Decreased Carbon Footprint: In a life cycle analysis, the use of a six-inch Transair aluminum pipe system is five times less harmful to the environment than a traditional steel pipe system.

Parker's Transair aluminum pipe uses 60% post-consumer recycled content. The pipe and fittings are 100% recyclable which results in a decrease in the carbon footprint compared with traditional steel pipe. By using natural resources during manufacturing, Parker eliminates waste, emissions, and noise.
Using Transair results in higher air quality, greater health benefits, and a cleaner environment. Reducing Particulate Matter (PM) preserves indoor and outdoor air quality, leading to a safe and healthy environment. The installation process significantly impacts the environment in a positive manner.
Transair's modular design enables disassembly when required, unlike permanently crimped or welded connections. The components are reusable and interchangeable, eliminating waste on any project, whether installing a new compressed air system or modifying an existing system.
The innovative product design of Transair aluminum piping is inherently sustainable and offers solutions that reduce the impact on our environment and meet the guidelines for LEED certification points according to the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).


Transair Services and Tools

Since design consultants and general contractors do 80% of the spec'ing process, we understand and value the importance of maintaining close and effective working relationships with your mechanical contractors. Our team is ready to offer expert assistance for engineers and mechanical contractors throughout the entire spec'ing process. We have strategically placed local and regional offices throughout our customer base to ensure that our experts are readily available to answer questions, visit a work site to provide training, and have any necessary products on-hand to finish the job.

To help with the design process, Transair provides essential and easy-to-use online tools, including:

Transair Flow Calculator: Helps you quickly choose the proper diameter for your pipe system installation.

Transair Energy Savings Calculator: Evaluates the energy cost of your system and return on investment of a Transair solution.

Transair Value Calculator: Illustrates the typical savings achieved by installing Transair in place of traditional steel or copper pipe systems.

CAD Drawings: View or download Transair CAD drawings in 2D or 3D.

Transair Design Software: Aids in the design of a compressed air system including pre-study figures, theoretical assembly line, required components, and an installation diagram.

Transair Condition Monitoring Site Survey: A trained Transair representative performs a review of your compressed air system to determine the best location for our wireless monitoring sensors, giving you 24/7 access to system performance data.

Additional Assistance

The Transair sales and customer service teams offer complimentary assistance to you by providing complete piping project assistance. We are at your disposal to help you conceptualize and design your compressed air piping system, and will assist with:

Piping Design: 'Fit for purpose' design strategies for installing new facilities or modifying existing facilities.

Specification Services: Parker can assist firms with establishing and writing the specification of Transair for applications.

Take-Off Services: Based on provided drawings and specifications, Parker can provide clients with an estimated Transair bill-of-material (BOM) needed for a project.

Quote Cell Services: Provided a BOM is submitted, Parker can generate a material quote using Transair products, along with the estimated labor to install it.

Engineering Design Program Services: Transair's catalog of products can be downloaded into virtually any format used to design plant systems. Many popular design and estimation programs already come with Transair loaded onto the software. 

On-site Consulting Services: Parker can provide on-site engineering and construction support as well as hands-on training for mechanical contractors and/or pipe installers.

Whether you need technical support, design assistance or guidance on a specific application, our customer service representatives are ready and able to answer your questions regarding:

• Product availability
• Order processing and follow-up
• Delivery time-phasing and modification
• Technical information / specification sheets

Contact Us

Do you have technical questions regarding our products? We can assist you with product design and other technical details. Parker has established a network of service providers and distribution centers to ensure our customers get the help and products they need without extensive downtime. Contact us to find out which office is closest to you.