There are usually two requirements of medical gas installers, state requirements and NFPA 99 requirements. They vary from state to state, as well as within each state and sometimes can be very confusing. Check with your local building department for more information.
Though it may be hard to believe, summer is upon us and even here in the Northeast US, we can expect many days of high temperatures and humidity. Virtually all compressed air systems are exposed to the effects of summer weather – even installations in air conditioned spaces are often drawing hot and humid air from the outside for the compressor intake or for cooling air.
What can a facility manager do to combat the rise in temperature, humidity and additional water loading when the mercury spikes? The answer is simple: maintenance. Now is the time to act before temperatures really start to climb. The following list can be used as a guide to prevent summer operating conditions from impacting your compressed air equipment. Continue reading
By Ron Marshall for the Compressed Air Challenge®
Compressed air system refinements have cut operating costs at a Milk Plant located in Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada by 62%, for annual savings of nearly $30,000. The improvements were made following a compressed air audit that recommended consolidating two compressed air systems into one, installing a variable speed drive compressor, and making a handful of additional basic improvements. The improvement measures followed typical recommendations taught in the Compressed Air Challenge’s Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems seminars.
Once again, Founder Bill Scales, will be the trainer at the Advanced Level 2 session of the Compressed Air Challenge training May 16th – May 18th in Plymouth, PA. (Level 1 is on May 16; Level 2 on May 17th and 18th) It will be very informative so make sure you sign up for this seminar on the Advanced Management on Compressed Air Systems!
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Did you know that for every 5° F decrease in ambient temperature, the CFM capacity of reciprocating and oil-free screws increases by 1% without a significant change in electrical input power? This may be an inexpensive way to get more air from your compressor without driving up your energy bill! The experts at Scales can assist you with making these calculations.
Did you know that for every ten linear feet of pipe, the diameter of the intake piping should be increased by 1”, or by one pipe size? This will ensure adequate flow of air to the intake which will prevent excess pressure drop. Excess pressure drop at the intake causes your compressor to consume more energy and may also shorten its service life.
One of the most tedious yet still necessary components of the game of golf is regripping your clubs. It can be a time-consuming and frustrating task — and a messy one at that. Regular players should be in the habit of Continue reading
When excess amounts of oil become aerosolized by the compressor’s discharge, it can be damaging to pneumatic tools and accessories. Even worse, oily discharge can cause ill effects on applications, sometimes to the point where projects must be scrapped and reworked entirely. Luckily, the problem is usually easy to identify and remedy, since oily discharge is typically due to one of the following issues: Continue reading
If power is being lost due to supporting a number of tiny air leaks, efficiency can only be regained with thorough repairs. Without a pressure–control device in place, an incomplete round of repairs can actually end up wasting more energy. As the pressure increases, more air is ultimately leaked through the holes that remain.Call the experts at Scales for all your maintenance needs. www.scalesair.com/locations-a-directions
When purchasing a new compressor, many people tend to focus on the capabilities it provides — and for good reason. But once you’ve selected a compressor, it’s time to install it. While a lot of thought goes into compressor selection, many people don’t consider issues that could arise during installation. Below are three quick tips that will help your compressor installation go smoothly. Continue reading