The Unipipe Advantage

Why choose the Unipipe Modular Aluminum Piping System?

Unipipe has been manufactured since 2011 and installed around the globe in many different industries and in thousands of installations.

It has many features and benefits, for both the installer and the end-user.

Product Highlights

  • The most secure fittings

    Unipipe has the most secure fittings. The proprietary clamp ring design gives a 360 degree connection that locks it in place and is 5 times more secure than other systems on the market.

  • The highest rated working pressure

    Unipipe has the highest rated working pressure. This serves a wider range of applications including multi-fluid systems, high pressure compressed air and nitrogen systems, up to 1015 PSI.

  • The widest range of pipe sizes

    Unipipe has the widest range of pipe sizes from 3/4" (20mm) all the way up to 10” (250mm) in diameter! This gives you more scope to complete even the largest projects with no special tools or specially skilled labor.

Super Fast Installation

Installation time is generally half that of traditional piping options and a quarter of the time of copper piping! It is 75% lighter than iron pipe allowing for one man to handle the installation of systems up to 6 inches in diameter.

Watch Unipipe Assembly Instructions Video
Unipipe Modular Aluminum Piping System

Dynamic Gripping Action Brings the Speed

The internal nut and dynamic gripping ring ensure there is no way to separate the pipe from the fittings. This innovative fitting is small and light, making this system one of the most powerful methods for transporting air, gases, and liquids. The plastic ring conveniently identifies the fluid and working pressure for each system.

Comparing Unipipe to Traditional Piping Options
Unipipe vs. Copper – Side-by-Side Assembly Comparison

Black Iron

  • Labor intensive (especially after 2”)
  • Corrodes and leaks
  • Causes turbulent, non-laminar flow

Galvanized

  • Corrodes at the joint
  • Introduces oil from day one (installation and cutting)
  • Labor intensive
  • Causes turbulent, non-laminar flow

Copper

  • Costly materials
  • Very time consuming to install (or very expensive using Pro-Press)
  • Fittings are not reusable
  • Hot Work Permits may be required

Stainless Steel

  • VERY Costly
  • Must be brazed/welded, threaded, or pressed
  • Used for medical, lab, and sometimes food

Plastic

  • Costly materials
  • Low heat resistance
  • Issues with adhesive and compressor oils
  • Many more brackets required for install

Price Comparison With Traditional Options

Name
Unipipe
Copper
Black Iron
Material Cost
$5,556.75
$5,632.84
$5,747.53
Hardware & Misc
$200.00
$200.00
$200.00
Labor Hours
40.00
100.00
100.00
Labor
$4,000.00
$10,000.00
$10,000.00
Total Job Cost
$9,756.75
$15,932.84
$16,047.53
Unipipe
Material Cost
$5,556.75
Hardware & Misc
$200.00
Labor Hours
40.00
Labor
$4,000.00
Total Job Cost
$9,756.75
Copper
Material Cost
$5,632.84
Hardware & Misc
$200.00
Labor Hours
100.00
Labor
$10,000.00
Total Job Cost
$15,932.84
Black Iron
Material Cost
$5,747.53
Hardware & Misc
$200.00
Labor Hours
100.00
Labor
$10,000.00
Total Job Cost
$16,047.53
Unipipe is clearly the best option in comparison to other traditional piping options. Time and time again, Unipipe proves to save 30% to 40% over traditional piping methods.

Based on 1-1/2” (40mm) Ring Main and 20 drops. 400’ loop piping and 30’ pipe per drop with 2 Quick Couplers on each drop. Includes piping for two compressors, one dryer, wet and dry tanks, plus pre and post filters.

A Superior Choice to Conventional “Blue Pipe” Options

Basic Tools

Anyone with a basic set of tools should have what is needed to install Unipipe from 3/4" thru 10" (20mm to 250mm). There is no special grooving, crimping or drilling required.

High Pressure

Unipipe is used for compressed air, nitrogen (and other inert gases), vacuum, high pressure and even oils, coolants, and multi-fluid applications.

Universal

Unipipe fittings are compatible with most of the other aluminum systems currently on the market. Contact Unipipe to confirm your compatibility and application.

FAQ

Answers to your our most frequently asked questions
What Pressure is the Unipipe system rated for?

There are two Unipipe systems, the standard system is rated for 232 PSI (15 BAR). The UnipipeHP system is rated for 1015 PSI (70 BAR).

What is the difference between the standard UnipipeAIR system and the UnipipeHP system?

The UnipipeHP system has a heavy wall tubing (same outside diameter) and the fittings for the standard UnipipeAiR system and the UnipipeHP system are physically the same. UnipipeHP fittings go through a more rigorous inspection. Also, the UnipipeHP system is only available up to 2-½” (63mm).

What tools are needed for installation?

Anyone with a basic set of tools should have what is needed to install Unipipe from 3/4" thru 10". There is no special grooving, crimping or drilling required.

What fluids or gasses can be run in Unipipe?

Unipipe is available in four variations - UnipipeAIR for Compressed Air (also rated for oils and coolants), UnipipeNITRO for Nitrogen and other inert gases, UnipipeVAC for Vacuum, and UnipipeHP for higher pressure needs exceeding 232 PSI. UnipipeHP is rated up to 1015 PSI. UnipipeAIR can also be used for water in some applications.

(Contact Unipipe directly to review your specific application before specifying or recommending the product for water applications.)

What lengths does the Unipipe come in?

Unipipe comes in 19.7’ (6m) lengths (19.7'). UnipipeHP comes in 13.1’ (4m) lengths.

How does the Unipipe system ship?

Unipipe is typically shipped via LTL common carrier. Depending on the quantity, fittings are shipped via UPS, or LTL common carrier as well. Pipe can be cut down to lengths of 108" (9') and shipped via UPS as well if needed. Sending Unipipe via UPS and cut down to 108" is typically more cost effective way of shipping if just a few lengths are needed, but remember, you may need a few extra couplings to complete your project.

What is the Unipipe Warranty?

All Unipipe pipe and fittings are guaranteed against manufacturer's defects for 20-Years. Unipipe must be installed and supported according to the Unipipe installation instructions for the warranty to be valid.

What makes the Unipipe fittings more secure that other "blue pipe" systems?

The proprietary stainless steel Unipipe clamp ring in every fitting, bites into the aluminum pipe (not just the paint) to create a connection that is rated for over 5 times the pressure of other systems. This clamp ring creates 100% contact on 360 degrees around the pipe and tightens further as pressure increases.

Where does Unipipe ship from?

Unipipe ships from the main USA distribution warehouse in Schaumburg, IL (near Chicago).

Where is Unipipe manufactured?

Unipipe is manufactured in Europe, primarily in Spain.

How do I connect Unipipe to my equipment and tanks?

Unipipe has a vast range of male and female threaded adapters as well as flange adapters for fittings 4” (110mm) and larger. The threaded adapters are stocked in NPT thread pitch. Also available in BSP with special order.

Will the O-Rings that create the seal between the fittings and pipes ever leak?

O-Rings are used in many industries for a vast variety of applications, and compressed air is just one small area of accepted uses. O-rings typically fail due to wear (movement), UV light, and excessive heat. None of these are present in a compressed air piping system that is properly designed and installed. The HNBR O-Rings used in Unipipe products are also compatible with all mineral based and synthetic oils. The only time the Unipipe O-Ring would leak is if it was damaged during installation due to a pipe not being properly deburred. In this case, the o-ring can easily be replaced.

Are Unipipe fittings reusable?

Yes, Unipipe fittings and pipe are 100% reusable. Simply loosen the nut and the whole fitting, including the clamp ring, can be used again. Unipipe fittings are also made of recyclable aluminium. Only the o-ring(s) and the plastic identification ring are not recyclable.

I am used to installing traditional piping systems, why use Unipipe?

We thought you would never ask... This is our favorite! Unipipe is simply the most versatile and secure system on the market today. It installs in less than 50% of the time, provides better air quality, comes with a 20-year warranty and yields the lowest cost of ownership. It is hard to justify using anything else.

Are Unipipe fittings compatible with other "blue pipe" systems?

Yes, Unipipe fittings are compatible with most any other system currently on the market. (Contact Unipipe to confirm your compatibility and application before ordering).