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 and households. At certain times of the year, however, a compressed air system needs to be dried. The reason for this is due to Continue reading
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, it’s time to brace for colder weather; very cold, if recent patterns are an indicator. In preparation for temperatures of a polar extreme, the time is right to inspect your air compressor to ensure that it will be in tip-top shape for the months of winter.
With the following air compressor maintenance tips, your air system will be better equipped to fill your space with desired temperatures, regardless of the weather outside.
Servicing Your Air Compressor System
Semiannual compressor maintenance is crucial for maintaining an air system that functions with maximum efficiency throughout the year. In order to keep the system working consistently and to lower the possibility of downtime, three basic steps should be performed at least twice each year:
- Inspect the system drains– The drains in your air system should be thoroughly checked for any obstructions. Does the passage of air seem to be working properly? Also, check related parts of the system – filters, dryers, receivers – for flow and efficiency.
- Isolate and rectify leaks in the air system– Regardless of whether a leak is large or small, it can be a huge burden on your energy supply. The sooner you spot and repair such leaks, the more money you’ll save with an energy-efficient system.
- Clear out the filters– When clogs build up in the air filters, the system just won’t work as it should. Clogs can lead to contamination and recurrent pressure drops, which makes it crucial to clear out the air filters on a regular basis.
Air Compressor Maintenance to Keep Your System Weatherized
In the parlance of facility maintenance, winterization means keeping your systems tuned up and ready for the cold months of winter. Air compressor servicing experts recommend biannual system maintenance in preparation for the more extreme times of year; one occurring on the brink of summer, and another as fall gives way to winter. Of course, people often forget to do this kind of maintenance, since it’s a rare chore that can seem a little daunting to the inexperienced. Therefore, it’s wise to mark the calendar to remind yourself in late spring and late fall that it’s time for another round of maintenance on your system.
Whatever your protocol might be, make sure that the following steps are performed on your air compressor twice each year:
- Inspect the weather stripping– If signs of wear and tear are visible on the stripping, replace it immediately.
- Inspect the insulation– Another sign of trouble is when heat leaks from the system.
- Inspect the drains and openings of the air intake– To ensure maximum protection from snow and rain, the drains and openings must be in optimal shape.
Be sure to check back soon for Parts II and III.
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.
Call us today and get preventative maintenance on your calendar!
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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
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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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.
Most compressed air refrigerated dryers are rated based on 100° F ambient, 100° F inlet, and 100° psig. This summer we’ve seen a lot of hot days with high humidity which can cause water in your compressed air lines if your dryer is undersized or not working properly.
Call any one of our locations for all your refrigerated dryer needs.