Establishing a new fashion freight and distribution centre in Sydney with over 1 km of conveyors requires a large commitment from an air supply system.
The tender called for the supply of both air compressors and an air distribution system which would match Toll in2store’s requirements.
Although copper compressed air systems have traditionally been tendered for such an application, the introduction of Atlas Copco’s new air distribution network, AIRnet, coupled with an efficient compressed air system, allowed Toll to implement a system which was quicker, easier and cost effective.
AIRnet provides an anodised aluminium pipe solution which is easy to install, is non corrosive and is modular in design, allowing for network extensions or modifications. AIRnet air distribution system is available from Atlas Copco Compressors.
Since Toll was the first Australian installation of an AIRnet system, expectations were high.
The pipe work system consisted of 480 meters of 50mm and 300 meters of 25mm and 180 meters of 20mm.
The system was supplied with all necessary joiners, quick drops, elbows, tees and female couplings.
Although the installation was originally quoted as 14 days, it was completed in half of that time with the ease of installation.
The system is put together with the use of simple hand tools and snap-on fittings, which improved installation time and helped, keep installation costs to a minimum.
Peter Stuckenschmidt, Engineering and Technical Services Manager at Toll was in particularly impressed by AIRnet’s ability to meet their air distribution needs “I was impressed by the system’s flexibility, in particular the ability to change and add sections as needed”.
AIRnet has since been installed at several sites in Australia and looks to be a future solution for many compressed air distribution networks.