Kaeser's SmartPipeXL is a modular compressed air distribution system that offers both lower installation costs and lower long term operating costs. Piping selection directly affects the three key elements of every compressed air system: flow, pressure, and air quality. Poor choices in pipe materials, diameter, and layout cause flow restrictions, often resulting in significant pressure drop. Pressure drop is the leading cause of increased energy consumption and under performing air driven tools and equipment. Choices in piping also directly impact installation costs. Heavier materials cause fatigue and slow work, especially in overhead installations. The types of fittings used must also be considered. Some connection types cause pressure drop, need special tools, and take more time to install. SmartPipeXL offers an excellent choice for compressed air and inert gas distribution for pressures up to 232 psig (16 bar) (3" to 6", and 188 psig for 8") in temperatures from -4° F to 176° F (-20° C to 80° C). SmartPipeXL is also ideal for vacuum up to 93.3% (28" Hg).