Transair Compressed Air Pipe Learning Center
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Transair Learning Center

Review our comprehensive library of learning material listed below to answer many of your questions about compressed air, Transair, and Transair Condition Monitoring technology.

Transair Blogs

Read the Transair blogs to learn why Parker Transair has become the trusted brand for Compressed Air, Vacuum, and Inert Gas applications.

All Transair aluminum pipes come from the factory with a Qualicoat certified coating for environmental protection. Read why a Qualicoat coating is important for compressed air piping.
To read all the past Transair Blogs, visit the Fluid and Gas Handling section on

Case Studies

Parker stands behind the Transair product line, which is why we prefer to use real world examples to demonstrate our aluminum piping system. The following case studies offer unique accounts into how a Transair piping system increased a company’s productivity and contribute to its bottom line.

Watts Water Technologies, needed a new installation in its forging plant, where it produces temperature and pressure valves. Watts initially specified steel for the installation because of the 6-inch header size, but the contractor wanted to give Watts a solution with a rebate back to the end user.
Watts Water Technologies Case Study
DMS needed a new installation for its startup vehicle component manufacturing facility. They contracted L.S. Brinker Co. of Detroit, MI, to construct a new compressor room, compressed air network, information technology studio and various commercial and industrial components.
Detroit Manufacturing Systems Case Study
Able needed a monitoring system that could be easily modified and expanded, and that wouldn’t require additional wiring infrastructure. Parker’s Transair Condition Monitoring technology wireless, cloud-based system was an ideal fit, recording data on pressure, power, temperature, humidity, and flow.
Able Engineering Case Study
Nypro needed a Compressed Clean Dry Airsystem for a 193,000 sq ft abandoned building that it was retrofitting for modern-day manufacturing. The facility would manufacture products for the medical industry, so everything needed to be ISO 8-compliant and be completed within 6 months.
Nypro Case Study

Traditional Compressed Air Piping Systems

The compressed air industry has long been dominated by traditional piping systems including steel, stainless steel, copper, and black iron. While these types are very familiar to the market, they present a number of disadvantages:


  • - Labor intensive
  • - Installation can be dangerous from flames and fumes when welding
  • - Air leaks


  • - Specialist tools required
  • - Experienced fitters only
  • - Corrosion susceptibility leads to internal surface roughness
  • - High-pressure drop/air leaks

Stainless Steel

  • - Bulky and heavy tools
  • - Weight of larger pipes
  • - Non-versatile system

Black Iron

  • - Very heavy and difficult to install
  • - Susceptible to corrosion and air leaks
  • - Experienced fitters only
  • - Difficult to modify
  • - Costly to repair

Advantages of Aluminum Piping Systems

Your compressed air distribution piping is your means for transporting compressed air and represents your link between supply, storage, and demand. Furthermore, compressed air represents one of the largest opportunities for immediate energy savings. A properly designed compressed air system typically saves a plant 20 to 50% of its electric bill, sometimes even up to 60% within 24 months.

In recent years, aluminum compressed air piping systems have risen in popularity, particularly due to several factors:

• Modularity
• Quick Installation
• Aestheticism

Aluminum also has a low friction coefficient, providing the best possible laminar flow. Full-bore fittings further minimize pressure drop for optimum flow and energy efficiency. Leak-free connectors prevent air loss and wasted energy.

Aluminum is ideal for installations requiring the highest quality air. Aluminum material will not rust or corrode, and has no rough surfaces or interior restrictions that accumulate contaminants. The smooth interior with full-bore design allows air to flow to your dryers and filters for efficient removal ensuring higher longevity of equipment.

Transair® Condition Monitoring

Transair® Condition Monitoring allows you to access vital information quicklyTransair® Condition Monitoring helps you keep your system healthy and operating efficiently. This solution consists of a wide range of sensors that provide consistent and accurate readings for pressure, temperature, humidity, power, and flow. The system collects data so you can take the necessary steps to optimize your compressed air equipment and your system’s performance. The easy-to-use web-based interface also alerts the user to unexpected conditions that may damage components and equipment over time.

Transair Condition Monitoring puts vital information and analytics in the palm of your hand to ensure your compressed air system is running at optimum levels. Download our catalog to learn more about our products (brief registration is required).

Transair For Aluminum Pipe Literature

Transair for Aluminum Compressed Air, Vacuum, and Inert Gas piping applications is fast, flexible, and east to modify. Do you need the technical specifications for your next design project or installation? Download our helpful resources including the Transair Product Catalog, Installation Guide, and Quick Reference Guide.

Transair For Stainless Steel Pipe Literature

Transair for Stainless Steel pipe offers superior chemical compatibility for compressed air, vacuum, inert gas, & water / chemical transfer applications.  Do you need the technical specifications for your next design project or installation? Download our helpful resources including the Transair Product Catalog and Quick Reference Guide.


Transair meets the requirements of several industry certifications Transair meets the requirements of several industry certifications and guarantees, ensuring the highest level of safety and quality. Transair conforms to the following certifications:
• ISO 9001 version 2000
• TÜV certification
• ASME B31.1/B31.3
• Qualicoat certification
• ISO 8573 certification (for clean dry air)
• 10-year warranty (1 year for SCOUT sensors/equipment)
• CE conformity
        - European standard 97/23 CEE - §3.3 (equipment under pressure)
• Safety certifications       
        - Non-flammable with no propagation of flame
        - UL94HB standard (connectors and valves)
        - UL94V-2 standard (fixing clips)
        - ISO 8030/EN 12115 norm (flexible hoses)
• The pipe powder coat finish is classified MO
• Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification credits

Technical Data

Learn more about Transair Piping Systems SpecificationsTransair Piping Systems
Available sizes: ½" (16.5 mm), 1" (25 mm),  1 1/2" (40 mm), 2" (50mm), 2 1/2" (63 mm), 3" (76.3 mm), 4" (101.8 mm), 6" (168.3 mm)

Suitable fluids:
• Compressed air (dry, wet, lubricated)
• Vacuum
• Inert Gases (Argon, Nitrogen, Helium)

Contact us for a complete list of suitable fluids.

Maximum working pressure:
• 232* psi from -4°F to 115°F
*Maximum working pressure for 6" is 188 psi

Working temperature: -4°F to 140°F
Storage temperature: -40°F to 176°F
Vacuum level: 98.7% (29.6" Hg)

Lubricant compatibility: Compatible with all types of mineral and synthetic compressor oils

Resistant to: Corrosion, aggressive environments, mechanical shocks, thermal variations, UV, and compressor oil carryover

Fire resistance: Components are nonflammable with no propagation of flame
• Fittings in 40 mm, 25 mm, and 16.5 mm conform to UL94HB
• Fixing clips conform to UL94V-2
• Compressed air flexible hose conforms to NFM82271
• Vacuum flexible hose conforms to EN12115

Materials: Piping is constructed of 6063-T5 calibrated alloy aluminum and is powder coated outside. Pipe, fittings, and valves are guaranteed silicone-free. Connectors feature durable Nitrile gasket seals.

For Transair's smaller diameters (16.5 mm, 25 mm, and 40 mm) the fittings are made of non-flammable fiberglass reinforced polymide (nylon) (UL94-HB standard) and are resistant to ultraviolet rays and compressor fluids. Transair's 63 mm fittings are coated aluminum, and 76 mm to 101mm fittings are manufactured from 304S stainless steel while 168 mm fittings are anodized aluminum.

Download the Specification Submittal Sheet for more information.

Download the Specification Submittal Sheet

Transair Value Calculator

The Transair Value Calculator shows contractors how much money they will save by installing Transair compressed air pipe system instead of a traditional system. It provides a detailed value analysis and a clear summary with comparative data and visual graphs.

Transair also offers additional calculators to help with the design process including the Transair Flow Calculator to help you quickly choose the proper diameter for your pipe system installation, and the Transair Energy Savings Calculator for evaluating the energy cost of your system and return on investment of a Transair solution.

Transair Flow Calculator

Transair Energy Savings Calculator

Contact Us

Find Transair Distributors worldwide

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.

Do you have technical questions regarding our products? We can assist you with product design and other technical details. Contact us to find out which office is closest to you.

Headquarters Address
North America
300 Parker Drive
Otsego, MI 49078

Tel: 480-830-7764
Fax: 480-325-357