Location, Location, Location: How Placement Impacts Compressed Air Equipment Performance

By: Neil Mehltretter

You’ve done the research, completed the performance comparisons, created life cycle cost analysis spreadsheets, and maybe even lost a little bit of sleep perfecting your pitch to get the purchase requisition signed. But in all of your planning and number crunching, did you remember to consider how the compressor room location will impact equipment performance? The real estate mantra, “Location, location, location” rings true for getting the energy savings you’re expecting from your compressed air system. For reliable and efficient compressed air performance, consider ventilation, equipment clearance, and the overall compressor room environment. Continue reading “Location, Location, Location: How Placement Impacts Compressed Air Equipment Performance”

Choosing Between an Air-cooled or Water-cooled Compressor

By: Neil Mehltretter

For larger industrial plants, a common consideration when selecting a rotary screw compressor is whether to go with an air-cooled or a water-cooled version. Both designs certainly have their advantages and naturally their disadvantages. In general, the vast majority of rotary screw installations are air-cooled. Air-cooled rotary screw compressors are typically more readily available, and will require less overall installation costs. However, there are some applications where water-cooled compressors could be advantageous. The best way to approach this decision is to consider your compressed air system installation. Here are four questions to answer when deciding whether to go air-cooled or water-cooled. Continue reading “Choosing Between an Air-cooled or Water-cooled Compressor”

Piston and Rotary Screw Compressors Compared [Infographic]

By: Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

Are you considering buying a new compressor and debating between a piston and a rotary screw? Here’s a quick infographic with a side-by-side comparison. If you’d like more information, check out Michael Camber’s blog post on this same topic. Continue reading “Piston and Rotary Screw Compressors Compared [Infographic]”

The Trouble with Modulating Compressors

By: Michael Camber

Many plants are still running modulating compressors. For many decades, they were the go-to design choice for compressed air systems. Now they’ve mainly been relegated to warming the bench, mostly due to the rise of variable frequency drive (VFD) compressors. While still numerous, they pose problems—especially in the areas of controls and efficiency. If you have multiple modulation control units in your plant, you just might have the makings of an energy savings jackpot. Continue reading “The Trouble with Modulating Compressors”