Complete Guide to Buying the Best Industrial Air Compressor

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Complete Guide to Buying the Best Industrial Air Compressor

Air compressors range from large-scale industrial machines to small portable units. Purchasing the right machine for your need requires knowing the basics of how an industrial air compressor works and understanding your application. Whether you want to use an air compressor to power air tools or to apply a smooth paint coating, you must know how the different technologies available will affect your application. Types of Air Compressor Systems When you plan to purchase an industrial air compressor, your first task is deciding the type of the air compressor that you have to buy. In terms of design and principle… Read more »

Relative Humidity vs. Dew Point in Compressed Air Systems

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Relative Humidity vs. Dew Point in Compressed Air Systems

  The importance of understanding relative humidity to dew point when working with compressed air systems. How many of you consider the relationship between relative humidity to dew point and the effect it can have on your compressed air systems? We spoke with several customers, and people who work in the industry, and we have discovered that many don’t understand how important it is to know both terms when talking about compressed air dryness. Knowing the relative humidity percentage and dew point temperature helps you ensure your compressed air systems are functioning properly and can help save you from costly… Read more »

4 Techniques for Determining Compressed Air Usage

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In the Food & Beverage Industry     Calling all Food or Beverage Manufacturing Companies! How to know the right amount of compressed air your facility needs: There are many ways and methods that can be used in determining how much compressed air is needed to supply your food or beverage manufacturing plant and believe it when we tell you – Getting a properly sized compressed air system is very important. Why do we say that? Undersizing an air compressor will cause the compressed air system not to work. Both oversizing and undersizing compressors can lead to large budget constraints… Read more »

Does My Metalworking Shop Need VSD Technology?

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First of all, what is a VSD (Variable Speed Drive) rotary screw compressor and how is it different than a fixed speed rotary screw compressor? 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... Read more »

8 Tips to Boost Auto Repair Shop Productivity

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Content Credits: http://blog.boltontechnology.com/10-tips-to-boost-auto-repair-shop-productivity/ Sometimes even the most hardworking technicians and service advisors can find it difficult to stay productive. We have come up with 8 tips using professional auto body shop information and feedback. Read and implement the following for in order to boost your productivity and make the most of your (and your team's) work day. 1. Keep cool (or warm - depending on the season!) If at all possible, try to sustain a comfortable ambient temperature in the shop and in the bays. It is a good idea to bring in fans or heaters to circulate air and/or... Read more »

Is My Air Compressor Really Delivering Full Capacity?

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This week’s discussion addresses what seems to be an unknown to most users of compressed air. Many calls come in from customers who say their compressor system no longer keeps up the demand of your auto shop. Of course, this could be due to many factors such as added production equipment, air leaks in the equipment and/or distribution piping, or the need of maintenance to the air compressor itself. To troubleshoot your pressure issues, we recommend beginning with the source of your compressed air. Is the compressor delivering its rated Actual Cubic Feet per Minute (ACFM)? ACFM is the air... Read more »

8 Top Social Media Tips for Manufacturers

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Content Credits: https://www.kunocreative.com/blog/social-media-tips-for-manufacturers Did you know a whopping 85 percent of manufacturers report using social media as a content marketing tactic? They are using platforms such as SlideShare, YouTube and Facebook to create inspirational and educational content that indirectly promotes their businesses. This marketing tactic initiates discussions among customers and prospects, which often results in sales. A good example is the video from A Day Made of Glass that shows the possibilities of glass in the future. Though it does not promote any specific product, it has received millions of views and helped create widespread awareness for Corning, a major... Read more »

9 Effective Cost Saving Tips for Manufacturers

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Content Credits: https://www.cmtc.com/blog/cost-saving-tips-for-manufacturing-companies As manufacturers, you're constantly looking for ways to save money in order to grow our bottom line. This will allow you to grow your business. It is recommended that instead of taking a lot of resources out of one or two departments, manufacturers can grow their bottom line through several small cost cutting initiatives that add up to save large amounts of money. We have come up with a 9 point guide that lays out some cost saving ideas that you can use in your manufacturing facility: 1: Continuous Improvement is Key Always look at your operations... Read more »

10 Tips for Getting the Most Life From Your Air Compressor

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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 »

Do I Need a Refrigerated or Desiccant Air Dryer?

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What are the main differences between refrigerated and desiccant air dryers? Refrigerated Air Dryers A refrigerated air 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… Read more »

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

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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 Air 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… Read more »

10 Tips for Reducing Air Consumption and Energy Costs

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I bet as a business owner, or even as a great employee, you are always thinking of ways to improve your company’s efficiency. Compressed air is used in many different industries all over the world for a variety of critical operations. Read on to learn 11 tips for reducing air consumption and energy costs. Remember, compressed air is not only your 4th utility, but also your most expensive utility. 1. 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. 2. Install low… Read more »

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

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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

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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. Air compressor 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) (air compressor oil separator) be serviced and what does that… Read more »

How to Prevent Water from Getting into Compressed Air Lines

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How to Prevent Water from Getting into Compressed Air Lines

Have you ever dusted yourself off with compressed air and ended up getting power washed with water instead?! Where did that water come from and does it belong there? How did it get there? As learnt in science class, the air we breathe contains water in a gaseous state. The amount of water is measured in the compressed air industry by dew point and relative humidity. The hotter the air, the more water the compressed air can hold which is why we see so much more water in our compressed air on a hot summer day after it just rained…. Read more »

Whitepaper: How Do I Know If I Need a Desiccant Type Compressed Air Dryer?

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It’s a common belief that refrigerated type compressed air dryers are a great piece of equipment that will remove all the moisture from compressed air keeping your distribution system dry. While this is true when the dryer in good working order, condensate can still develop if the temperature of the compressed air drops below the dew point it was originally dried at. Refrigerated compressed air dryers are designed to reduce the dew point of compressed air to a normal range between 33 and 42 degrees depending on the application and operating condition. This means that all the raw liquid and… Read more »

Maintaining Your Air Compressor

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Updated Dec 9, 2016 Your air compressor is vital for keeping production in operation and key equipment running, so handling preventative maintenance in a timely manner is important. By scheduling regular air compressor maintenance with a reliable local service company, you prevent lost productivity and downtime that comes with not doing regular upkeep of your compressed air system and equipment. Check out our preventative maintenance plans! There are also checks that you can do yourself to help save you service costs and prevent the need for emergency repair. Daily: Check oil levels Check oil pressure Inspect for air and oil… Read more »

How to Get Rid of Water in Your Compressed Air System

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Air includes water, so moisture is always present in your compressed air to varying degrees depending on humidity and temperature. An accumulation of water can cause moisture to get pulled back into the compressed air stream. This can be especially problematic when you are using a compressor to spray paint because water can cause negative visual and texture effects on the finish sheen. Other uses where moisture is a real nuisance include sand and other material blasting, pneumatic tools, CNC machining centers, robotics, air cylinders, valves, and many other applications. When a compressor draws in air, the air is compressed… Read more »