Why do I need a backup air compressor for my business?

Air Compressor, Blog.

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How does a backup compressor help my business? Let’s use a manufacturing business as a perfect example; compressed air is vital for operations, and if it goes down, you may as well turn off the lights and count your losses. You will soon find out that besides losing production uptime when the compressor is down, it may also spoil the current product that is in your lineup when you go down. For example, if a food manufacturer goes down, not only do they lose the hours of production that they are down, but whatever is currently in their production line… Read more »

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6 Key Factors that Impact Where You Place Your Air Compressor

Air Compressor.

Your air compressor’s location in your facility is critical to how it performs. But do you know exactly what you need to consider when determining where your compressor should go? The location not only affects the compressor’s own functioning… it can affect your facility’s efficiency and your employees’ productivity, too! To help you find the perfect location for your unit, here are six key factors you need to consider before locking in its location. 1. Serviceability and Accessibility Your air compressor should always be accessible for servicing. A rule of thumb is to place your compressor somewhere that allows a… Read more »

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How to Determine the Service Quality of a Compressed Air Provider

Blog, Compressed Air Services.

Proper repair and preventative maintenance on your equipment is essential to your business running smoothly — especially when it comes to equipment like your compressed air system, which is integral in keeping your operation running. So, when it comes to finding an equipment service provider, finding a quality provider can be the difference between your equipment running efficiently and dealing with unplanned downtime. How can you you determine if an equipment service provider is the right fit? There are three things you should expect from a quality service provider, no matter what equipment they service. Let’s dive into each in… Read more »

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5 Ways to Avoid Downtime on a Compressed Air System

Blog, Tips.

Given how crucial compressed air supply is to manufacturing systems, unplanned downtime on your compressed air system can be a critical problem for your operations. Afterall, when your system goes down, your business shuts down, too. Not only do you have to pay to repair the system, but you’re losing valuable money you could be making by operating your business! Yet due to the amount of work compressed air systems go through (such as running continuously, generating heat, ingesting dirt, etc.), unexpected downtime is practically a given if you aren’t proactively caring for your system. Luckily, we have five easy… Read more »

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Everything You Should Know About Compressed Air Receiver Tanks

Blog, Reciever Tanks.

“What is the role of the receiver tank?” “What does it do for my compressed air system?” “Will I get any ROI from this investment?” Often times, both people who are installing new compressed air systems and those who are current compressed air users, find themselves debating whether or not to purchase an air receiver tank. In the following article there are a few topics that hopefully answer any questions that you may have about compressed air receiver tanks. They include the following: The Primary Role of a Compressed Air Storage Tank Why Air Receiver Tanks Manage Efficiency Is it… Read more »

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What Type of Piping Should I Use in My Compressed Air System?

Blog, Compressed Air Piping.

When it comes to installing a new piping system, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the options for your application. How do you know which type is best? Many of our customers come to us asking this very question and wondering where to start. To help you make a decision, we have put together some information on the different types of piping you can use in your compressed air system. Traditional Methods of Piping Iron Pipe Iron pipe is one of the most commonly used and traditional methods of piping for compressed air systems. In fact, it’s been around for… Read more »

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What You Should Know About Greasing Your Air Compressor Motor

Air Compressor, Blog, Maintenance Tips.

Ever wonder how much motor grease is enough when pumping it into a motor? Or what type of grease is the best? We wondered the same so we invited in John Wojdyla from Timken, to educate us on bearing greasing. We took our previous knowledge and combined it with what he taught us to produce the below information. The challenge we face as an air compressor service company, is that we maintain many different brands of compressors that use different brands of motors, some of which are domestic and many that are European and Asian. To add to the confusion,… Read more »

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8 Key Considerations for Compressed Air Equipment in Cold Temperatures

Air Compressor, Blog, Maintenance Tips.

Winter is upon us again. We all know the summer went too fast, but hey – how can you be better prepared for the cold weather? By learning how cold ambient temperatures affect your compressed air system! Temperatures below freezing can have many adverse effects on compressed air equipment. The one that is most obvious is that compressed air generates condensate. Condensate will freeze when temperatures drop below freezing. This can cause short-term and long-lasting damage to your equipment such as freezing control lines, freezing and cracking of heat exchangers, frozen drain valves, and much more. Ideally, your air compressor… Read more »

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When to Choose Variable Speed Drive or Fixed Speed Air Compressors

Air Compressor, Blog.

There is really only one key difference between fixed speed and variable speed drive rotary screw air compressors; the way the motor is controlled. There is very little variation in the way the machine compresses air. Basically, a VSD machine varies the frequency and voltage supplied to the electric motor, thus allowing the speed of the motor to be efficiently controlled with the demand for air at any given point in time. On the other hand, a fixed speed compressor gives consistent frequency and voltage to the motor, meaning that when the demand for air is lower, the efficiency is… Read more »

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What is Pressure Drop and How It’s Costing You Money

Air Compressor, Blog, Tips.

How does pressure drop cost me money? Every compressed air user needs to understand the importance of minimizing pressure drop. Pressure drop is costing you money if, in order to maintain the desired pressure at your point-of-use, you have to run your air compressor at a higher pressure than the minimum pressure needed to keep your factory operating. It takes more energy to produce air at a higher pressure, and energy costs money. To put it in context: If a machine only needs 90 PSI to function properly, but you have to operate your air compressor at 120 PSI in… Read more »

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10 Tips for Getting the Most Life From Your Air Compressor

Air Compressor, General, Maintenance Tips.

You’ve made a sizable investment into your air compressor, so you’ll want to get the most life from it that is possible. Here are some simple steps that will help you achieve years of trouble-free operation. Follow instructions – It may seem obvious, but reading the manual for your air compressor is a small time investment with big payoff. You’ll learn the maintenance schedule as well as operating guidelines for your compressor. With this information, you can extend the life of your equipment and minimize downtime. Check oil levels daily – For compressors that use oil, check oil before every use…. Read more »

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5 Questions to Ask When Deciding on a Rotary Screw Air Compressor

Air Compressor, Blog.

1. How large is your demand? Rotary screw air compressors are especially durable and are able to handle large amounts of demand for extended periods of time. They are still more efficient and durable in smaller horse powers than piston compressors, but this is noticeable when getting into larger demands (i.e. 15 horsepower and more). Rotary screw air compressors are designed to run at 100% duty cycle, day in and day out. 2. Is lifetime cost important to you? While yes, a rotary screw compressor may have higher maintenance cost and/or initial capital cost, the lifetime expectancy is much greater… Read more »

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Everything You Should Know About Inline Filtration

Air Treatment, Blog.

Inline filters are used to keep your compressed air clean and free of particulates and oils that are passed from your compressed air equipment into your system. These filters can technically be placed anywhere in the piping system. Some of the most common placements are the following: Directly after the air compressor Before and after the air dryer Just prior to point of use (i.e. on each compressed air drop) All of the above Or any other way that is specific to your system’s needs Keep in mind, the better the compressed air is filtered before entering the main distribution… Read more »

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Do I Need a Refrigerated or Desiccant Air Dryer?

Air Treatment, Blog.

What are the main differences between refrigerated and desiccant air dryers? Refrigerated Air Dryers A refrigerated dryer chills the compressed air to 33 – 40 degrees Fahrenheit at which water vapor is condensed into a liquid and is then expelled from the system via a water-trap and automatic drain. The cool dry air then is typically re-heated to around room temperature before exiting the dryer and going to your production lines. This helps reduce condensation on the compressed air piping. There are two types of refrigerated dryers; cycling and non-cycling. Non-Cycling Air Dryers: Non-Cycling air dryers allow the refrigeration circuit to… Read more »

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How Often Should Rotary Screw Air Compressors Receive an Oil Change?

Blog, Maintenance Tips, Oil.

Changing the oil on your rotary screw air compressor is important for the life of the machine and can avoid large repair costs. On top of checking it regularly to ensure it’s topped off, you should change it at regular intervals. The length of this interval depends on the type of oil being used in your machine. Rotary Screw Air Compressor or Rotary Vane Compressor** Standard Oil every 8000 hrs or 12 months Food Grade Oil every 2000 hrs or 3 months If you don’t change your oil as above a few things can happen to your compressor: Buildup of… Read more »

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Tips for Reducing Air Consumption and Energy Costs

Energy Savings Tips, Maintenance Tips.

Below are a few tips for reducing your air consumption and energy costs. Remember, compressed air is your 4th utility, but also your most expensive utility.   Reduce your compressed air operating and system pressure. For every 2 PSI reduction in pressure, there is a 1% reduction in energy costs. Below are a few points on making this feasible. Eliminate pressure drop: A few of the major contributors to pressure drop are inadequate pipe sizes, undersized and dirty filtration, excessive filtration, inadequate storage, and air compressor maintenance issues. Install low pressure drop filtration. Using filtration that is specified for low pressure drop… Read more »

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10 Expert Tips for an Efficiently Laid Out Compressed Air Distribution System

Blog, Compressed Air Piping.

1. Loop type distribution system – In most cases a loop type distribution system is beneficial. Loop type compressed air systems allow the air to flow in any direction to get to the demand in the path of least resistance. Typically you can multiply the capacity of straight line piping by 1.5 for loop type compressed air distribution systems. For example: If a 2” pipe is rated for 500 CFM at 125 PSI that same length of pipe in a loop system would be rated for 750 CFM at 125 PSI. 2. Feed the loop type piping from a dry… Read more »

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How to Choose the Right Size Compressed Air Piping and Why It’s Important

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There are 2 key aspects to sizing your piping correctly: max system CFM requirements and minimum required operating pressure. Max CFM A study needs to be completed to determine what the max demand in the system (in CFM) is going to be. This needs to be a worst case scenario, with even momentary uses being considered Momentary uses of compressed air are considered any usage of your air for a period of time that is less than a minute. Examples of these momentary uses are; dust collector blow down valves, large air cylinder/ ram actuation, sometimes diaphragm pumps, and etc.These… Read more »

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Inappropriate Uses of Compressed Air

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We all know what it is to go from room to room at home turning off all the lights that the kids left on. We are sensitive about the thermostat setting at home during the winter, keeping it lowered at night or when not home for an extended period. We fix the drippy kitchen faucet, or the toilet that runs continually. These are examples of cost cutting measures to keep our utility bills more affordable. But what about your compressed air system at your place of business? Compressed air is your fourth, and most expensive, utility. Minimally, it costs you electricity to… Read more »

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Checklist: How Often to Service Your Compressed Air Equipment and What It Should Include

Maintenance Tips.

Have you ever been down for what seems like “no reason whatsoever”? Even if you haven’t, ask yourself if you have you been doing regular service on your compressed air system. Servicing your compressed air system is important because it helps prevent downtime and having decreased productivity for reasons that could have been avoided. Preventative maintenance is simple, necessary, and inexpensive in comparison to the downtime and repairs needed on a machine and/or system that hasn’t been maintained. So how often should your air compressor(s), dryer(s), and oil/water separator(s) be serviced and what does that include? Need Maintenance or Repair?… Read more »

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