Virtually every industrial building in the USA has an air receiver installed
somewhere in it. The usual function of an air system is to transmit energy
generated at a single source to different areas of a facility. The air
receiver stores and delivers air pressure when the compressor is not running,
and also serves as a pulsation damper and moisture trap.
Vacuum receivers act in a similar manner, except that the system imparts
suction at the point of usage. Bottling and canning plants are examples
of facilities where vacuum handling systems are used. Vacuum receivers
do not need to be built to meet the ASME pressure vessel code. However,
if code construction is required by the user, and an access manway is called
for, one suitable for 15# external pressure must be installed.
Because of its compressibility, air can store large amounts of energy
which can be dangerous if released suddenly, for example if a vessel ruptures.
The rules for the design and construction of air receivers are therefore
very stringent, and Hanson air receivers are built and tested strictly
to the ASME pressure vessel code.
Most smaller air receivers are made with a platform on top for the compressor
and motor to mount on. These are known as "Pump Mounts", and are built
to withstand the vibrations of the pump and motor. Some are made for two
compressors, with supports that extend to the ground. These are known as
Air receivers that are installed separately from the compressor, are
called "Remote" units. These are usually bigger in size, and part of a
system that can include a dryer and other equipment. To save floor space,
they are usually vertical. They can range in size from 30 gallons to 15,000 gallons and larger. However, 240 gallons thru 2000 gallons sizes are more
Hanson Tank manufactures a comprehensive range of industrial air receivers
in all sizes and in working pressures up to 3000#, and carry large stocks
of both pump mounts and remotes up to 1500 gallons.