According to the Farmers’ Almanac, the 2019-2020 winter season could be colder and snowier winter than usual for much of the United States. Is your compressed air system ready for the colder temperatures?
Just in time for Halloween, here’s part V of our Nightmare of an Installation series.
The ambient air in a compressor room often contains contaminants: particulates such as dust, oil such as lubricant aerosols vented from equipment, and moisture. All of these contaminants are ingested into the compressor, concentrated during the compression process, passed on to the rest of the system, and without proper filtration, to the product and or process equipment. But dirt, dust, fibers in the plant can also build up on the outside of your equipment. Clogged filters, heat exchangers, fans and electrical cabinets reduce airflow and build up heat, which can be a mortal enemy to compressors and dryers. If your air system is living in a dusty dungeon, you need to increase your PM schedule to keep things clean or look at an alternative location for the equipment.
This dryer had the misfortune of being installed in such a location. Maybe a different compressor room location (and regular maintenance) would have kept away some of the creepy crawlies.
A reliable supply of clean, dry compressed air at stable pressure is vital in collision repair. Understanding air pressure, flow and quality requirements will help you extend tool life and get the best possible results in the paint booth to eliminate costly re-work caused by contaminants in the compressed air supply.
Watch the webinar below for best practices for compressed air systems in body shops. If you’re attending SEMA 2019, stop by one of the Kaeser booths to discuss how you can decrease downtime and comebacks…and increase productivity and profit.
Key design factors for evaluating a compressed air system
Common types of contaminants and how to remove them
Air treatment components to ensure clean, dry air for paint and body work
Types of dryers and tips on selecting the right one
As most people are aware, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed the final rule introducing Tier 4 emission standards back on May 11, 2004. This government mandate was phased in over the period of 2008-2015.
The Tier 4 mandate was designed to reduce two key pollutants: particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) compounds. NOx is known to contribute to the formation of smog and ground-level ozone. All of these have been shown to have adverse health effects on the respiratory system.
Clearly, the goals of the regulation are designed to preserve and improve health, but the rules also impact businesses making, selling, servicing, and purchasing portable air compressors and a wide range of other equipment with affected diesel engines. Rental and construction companies have seen equipment prices rise dramatically and in many cases these businesses have experienced overall increases in operating and ownership costs. With sluggish movement in rental rates increasing to offset the rising costs associated with Tier 4 final engines, profit margins are compressed.
The impact the Tier 4 final engines have on these businesses and their operations are profound. In some cases, the new engines cause outright panic to adapt to what some end users find to be complex technology but these changes impact many commonly used machines. The complications are not limited to air compressors and encompass just about every diesel engine driven product/piece of equipment in the rental store’s fleet or equipment yard of construction companies including excavators and other construction equipment, farm tractors and other agricultural equipment, forklifts, and utility equipment such as generators, pumps, and compressors.
In an effort to help educate and hopefully ease some fears, Kaeser has written a white paper to provide some basic facts and information on Tier 4 final engines. Keep in mind, however, that for a specific engine, the engine manufacturer should be the source for definitive technical information about their product.
Most commercial freight is delivered via third party carriers , and even with the best of carriers, sometimes shipments are damaged. Your freight may shift, get dropped, or even be in a traffic accident. Damage may also occur at logistics centers en-route, where items are transferred from one truck to another.
Like most other suppliers, Kaeser’s freight terms are usually “FOB shipping point” –which means that once the item leaves our possession, we cannot ensure safe handling or monitor the condition the freight arrives in. In most cases the buyer is paying the freight, and has the obligation to inspect the shipment. Kaeser will assist you in case of damage, but accepting a damaged shipment without comment will limit your ability to make a claim. Here’s an infographic with some tips for receiving commercial shipments, whether from Kaeser or any other supplier.