Complete Guide to Buying the Best Industrial Air Compressor

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 »

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Relative Humidity vs. Dew Point in Compressed Air Systems

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 »

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The Why and How of Oil Water Separators

The Why and How of Oil Water Separators

Why Do You Need One? Compressed air produced by any oil flooded compressor has contaminates. After the air is cooled by the heat exchanger and/or the dryer, the contaminants including water and oil condense and become a liquid. To properly dispose of this liquid, the oil needs to be removed from the water so that the water can be reintroduced to the municipal water system. This can be achieved through the use of air compressor oil separator. If you do not use an oil/water separator and you dispose of the liquid from your dryer by dumping it into your usual… Read more »

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How to Detect and Fix Compressed Air Leaks

How to Detect and Fix Compressed Air Leaks

Air leaks happen all the time when working with air compressors. The key is to know how to detect and to fix them before it becomes a very costly mistake. How common are compressed air leaks? Compressed air leaks are widespread in practical applications. Not only do they seem to be frequent, but they also are time-consuming to find and fix on a regular basis. In an average manufacturing plant, 20-30% of their total energy consumption is compressed air. Of that figure, there is an average of 30% leakage. How costly are compressed air leaks? Here are 2 examples to… Read more »

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4 Techniques for Determining Compressed Air Usage

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 »

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How to Determine the Optimal Temperature Range for Compressed Air Equipment

How to Determine the Optimal Temperature Range for Compressed Air Equipment

Temperature plays a key role in how your air compressor will perform on a day-to-day basis. Your compressor may be outside all year long or in a warehouse where temperatures easily fluctuate. No matter the environment, knowing the ideal temperatures your air compressor can function in, is very important. When determining the optimal temperature range for your air compressor’s environment, you should look at it from two different viewpoints: Mechanical StandpointBetween 50 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal operating temperature. This isn’t too cold or too hot, thus avoiding freezing and overheating. Air Density StandpointColder air is actually better… Read more »

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Does My Metalworking Shop Need VSD Technology?

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 » Read More

4 Techniques to Determine Accurate Compressed Air Needs

4 Techniques to Determine Accurate Compressed Air Needs

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 facility, and believe it when we tell you – Getting a properly sized compressed air system is very important. Why do we say that? Under-sizing an air compressor will cause the system not to work. Both over-sizing and under-sizing your equipment can lead to large budget constraints that management never likes to deal with. Over-sizing your equipment can be costly too due to long-term maintenance and higher… Read more »

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8 Tips to Boost Auto Repair Shop Productivity

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 » Read More

Is My Air Compressor Really Delivering Full Capacity?

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 » Read More

8 Top Social Media Tips for Manufacturers

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 » Read More

9 Effective Cost Saving Tips for Manufacturers

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 » Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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?

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

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

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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