Compressed air is the fourth form of energy used in industry as it has significant strengths and unique characteristics. Unlike gas, water, and electricity, supplied by external companies, compressed air is generated on-site directly by the user. For this reason, the quality and the relative production costs depend on the user and the system present inside the industrial complex.

Design and construction of a compressed air distribution system

Creating an efficient compressed air system with minimal pressure drops at each point of use is only possible if it is designed and sized correctly. There are several factors that, if taken into consideration in the design phase, favour the optimization of operating costs and energy savings in detail: volumetric flow rate, operating pressure, analysis of the air distribution line, and drop of pressure.

The design of the distribution network of a compressed air system begins with a technical and economic feasibility study to identify the project specifications and continues with:

  • the choice of system components
  • the realization of the plant scheme
  • sizing of components and machines
  • the creation of the layout of the technical rooms
  • the design of distribution networks
  • the drafting of the costs for the construction
  • the calculation for the recovery of the investment

HOVAIR SYSTEMS assists its customers at 360 ° by proposing itself as the only partner designing the compressed air system and its installation.

The Assistance Service is another necessary strength of the company: thanks to a highly specialized and continuously trained technical team can support the customer in solving any problem by developing customized solutions for him. The optimal functioning of the CAS does not depend only on a scrupulous design of its structure.

Another factor that is often overlooked is the type of pipes and fittings used and the respective level of wear: old compressed air system pipes characterized by small breaks increase the probability of leaks, reducing the air system’s efficiency.

HOVAIR SYSTEMS offers its customers different types of pipes for compressed air systems made with other materials such as aluminum, stainless steel: in addition to the standard version, Hovair Systems manufactures customized lines based on customers’ specific needs.

Operation of a compressed air system

A compressed air system allows the air to be stored and used in a cleaner and safer alternative energy form. The compressed air system is generated by a compressor to be then sucked and brought to a pressure such as to satisfy the demands of the end-user. On the other hand, the next phase is storage: the air is introduced into tanks, treated, and finally introduced into the distribution network.

The structure of an industrial compressed air system

The process described above is made possible by the design of the compressed air system, which includes five components, each with a specific function.

  • compressor
  • storage tank
  • dryer
  • filtration
  • Distribution network

The compressor allows compressing the ambient air up to a pressure that satisfies the final users. The storage tank is necessary to store the compressed air produced by the compressor, making it available at any time. The dryer eliminates the humidity present in the compressed air in the form of vapour. It is therefore essential to safeguard the distribution system and the components of the end-users.

Filtration is needed in all those contexts where they should not be placed in the distribution network of oil and solid particles.

This happens, for example, in the food and pharmaceutical sectors, in painting processes, laser cutting. The distribution network allows the distribution of the compressed air generated and treated in various use points.

A quality design of the distribution network increases the possibility of reducing pressure drops and obtaining substantial energy savings.


The screw air compressors are ideal for providing compressed air to industrial, craft, and professional production processes when the primary needs are to be met a constant pressure and constant in time.

This particular type of compressor allows you to take advantage of tangible savings as it stands out for: minimum energy consumption and lower environmental impact, reliability, and longevity.

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