The following is a partial list of operational hints that will
provide a safer, more economical, and longer operating life for your compressed air storage tank.
- Operate an air tank which is not constructed to meet the requirements of the American Society of Mechanical
Engineers (A.S.M.E.) Code.
- Operate air tank which is not equipped with a functional A.S.M.E. Code safety relief valve set at or below an
established maximum working pressure.
- Mount the vessel rigidly without vibration buffer supports under tank legs.
- Ever operate a vessel without a properly equipped and operating pressure gauge!
- Ever bypass the pressure control switch, or any switches, which control pressure.
- Ever restrict the design function of any safety relief valve-for example; tie down, paint, block, cap, or remove.
- Make welded repair on air tanks.
- Use plastic pipe for any air discharge line.
- Pile stock up against the tank.
- Respect the pressure vessel. It can be dangerous!
- Test the safety relief valve monthly.
- Drain condensate from the tank regularly-daily, if necessary.
- Keep vessel mounted level at all times with vibration protection in place.
- Have the vessel inspected biannually, as required by State law.
- Protect tank from damage caused by vehicle traffic or plant operations.
- Inspect at least weekly for air leaks. If you find an air leak, determine its source (i.e. line, fitting
- Report new installations to the State Office of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Safety.
- Have all welded repairs made only by companies holding the
"R" stamp authorization or the A.S.M.E. "U" symbol.