When you have multiple parties playing a role in the design of a production facility, proper communication is critical to ensure that all the pieces of the puzzle fit together. The design of a compressor room is no exception and you don’t want to forget important design considerations that could get lost in translation. This article in a recent issue of Compressed Air Best Practices magazine by Neil Mehltretter, Engineering Director for Kaeser Compressors, Inc., has some important tips to make sure that you don’t lose any pieces of that puzzle, particularly that key corner piece: ambient temperature.
Like the old game “telephone” when you were a kid, pieces of the puzzle can be lost between multiple parties, different vendors, engineering firms, and the contractors. Price often dictates what equipment gets installed as well.
When specifying a new facility, flow, pressure, and air quality are the most important inputs to design a system. In my experience, we—equipment manufacturers—spend a lot of time talking about these three items with customers.
However, room temperature, or ambient temperature, has a significant effect on plant operation. The amount of space, or lack thereof, for compressed air equipment and the cooling flow all have an important impact on plant operation; because if the air compressors are down; so are you!
Read the article on the Best Practices website.