Determine the needs of compressed air functions – When selecting an air compressor system, it’s crucial to be familiar with the specific needs of every possible use. For example, a compressor shouldn’t be operated without explicit knowledge of how much moisture can be permitted versus how much moisture must be eliminated for a given application. Compressed air that might seem sufficiently dry for one function could end up causing moisture damage elsewhere; it all varies. After all, even the hottest and driest spots on the planet have moisture in the air. No matter what applications it’s intended to handle, a compressed air system always contains some level of moisture.
Why Drying Is Needed on Industrial Air Compressor Systems. Along with electricity, gas and water, compressed air is one of the most important utilities for buildings. At certain times of the year, however, a compressed air system needs to be dried. The reason for this is due to Continue reading →
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NFPA 99 requirements for medical gas system maintenance has always been a gray area. There had been recommendations in appendix C, but they were not actually part of the requirements.
It wasn’t until 2012 that the NFPA 99 actually included maintenance requirements for equipment and for people who perform maintenance. Inventory requirements, inspection schedules, inspection procedures, maintenance schedules, and qualifications of people maintaining these systems are all part of the 2012 edition.
There are three different qualification requirements for people maintaining medical gas systems:
We wanted to share with you all a comprehensive article about compressed air systems and the best practices during the winter. We will be sharing this as a Three Part Series so be sure to check back for more.
With each passing year, regions across the United States are experiencing more extreme patterns of weather. In many parts of the country, this past summer has been one of the hottest on record. As fall approaches Continue reading →
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As plants have become more automated and equipment more sophisticated, older methods, tools and schedules may not be adequate. Modern production environments require a re-evaluation of your maintenance operations for a better bottom line.
Routine preventive maintenance can prevent deterioration, breakdown, or unscheduled shutdown. Maintenance timing isn’t based on a guess.
Benefits of preventive maintenance:
Increase production, reduced downtime
Reduced number of major and repetitive repairs
Lower repair costs than breakdown maintenance
Fewer product rejects
Better work control and resource utilization
Better spare parts control/minimum inventory.
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According to the Compressed Air and Gas Institute (CAGI), a single quarter-inch leak in a compressed air line can cost a facility anywhere from $8,000 to more than $25,0000 per year.
Find and Fix the Leaks: Locating and fixing these leaks can save a significant amount of money. If your pipe system is more than five years old, leaks may be consuming up to 25% or more of system capacity. Remember, approximately 80% of leaks are not audible.
Prevent New Leaks: Maintenance is always less expensive than fixing or replacing a system. Schedule routine leak checks. Insect your piping system, if your pipes are clean and dry, that means the air quality is good so corrosion is unlikely. Maintain your air compressor, keep dryers, filters, drains and downstream filters clean to provide good air pressure and uncontaminated air.Continue reading →
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In today’s highly automated manufacturing environments, both preventive and predictive maintenance are essential to keeping a company fully operational. Take advantage of the latest diagnostic capabilities that identify problems that could lead to equipment failure before it ever happens. Call anyone of our locations for help in properly maintaining your compressed air system. www.scalesair.com/locations-a-directions
Don’t let “The Dirty Thirty” drive up your compressed air system costs! Higher than ordinary pressure drops, common in end-use components installed in the last 30 feet of an installation, can end up costing you a lot of money (1% increase in compressor kW per 2 psi increase). Call Scales today for an air system audit! We can help increase flow to your end uses so you can keep your air system pressure AND your costs down. Click here to learn more.
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We found a very informative article from Quincy compressors, that we know you will find help.
Safety is one of the primary concerns of any working environment, whether it’s in a construction or factory setting. You want to ensure your employees are safe at all times, avoid injuries, and know that your workforce is always intact with high morale. Continue reading →
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