Hit the Road Jack: When to Move Your Compressed Air System Outdoors

By: Wayne Perry

The most dangerous words in compressed air are, “That’s what we’ve always done before”. Sometimes you need to take a step back to gain perspective. When it comes to installing a compressed air system, many get fixated on the idea of a compressor room. While it usually makes sense to install equipment inside, there are certain situations when it’s not a good idea. If your compressed air system will be exposed to extreme temperatures, excessive dirt/dust or corrosive chemicals, or is in a Classified Area, it may be best to hit the road and move the installation outdoors. Continue reading “Hit the Road Jack: When to Move Your Compressed Air System Outdoors”

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”

Is Compressed Air a Utility or a Production Input?

By: Michael Camber

Compressed air is often referred to as the fourth or even the fifth utility. Compressed air professionals have promoted this idea for decades. Compressed air certainly has some attributes of other utilities, but there are some notable differences. Continue reading “Is Compressed Air a Utility or a Production Input?”

Get in the Pressure Zone

By: Stephen Horne

We all know that plant pressure is important. When it’s too low, tools don’t operate correctly, processes fail, and tempers flare. Which is probably why there’s a fairly unhealthy—or at least a somewhat inefficient—relationship with pressure. But, if you take the time to get in the pressure zone you can reduce scrap, improve air quality, and lower operating costs. Here’s how. Continue reading “Get in the Pressure Zone”

VFDs for Small Shops

By: Michael Camber

It used to be that automotive, woodworking, fabrication and other smaller businesses focused on choosing between a piston and a rotary screw compressor. In recent years, many have shifted to newer rotary compressors and have been keeping a keen eye on the latest technology. Specifically, variable speed drive —also commonly referred to as variable frequency drive (VFD). Continue reading “VFDs for Small Shops”