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.
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”→
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”→
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”→
For those of you who can’t get enough, here’s Part IV of Nightmare of an Installation…
Our DIY lifestyle has spawned a generation of hobby handymen. While this is great for fixing broken tiles or squeaky doors around the house, when it comes to compressed air system installations, it can be the stuff of nightmares. Continue reading “Nightmare of an Installation, Part IV”→