The air dryer is probably the most overlooked cooler in the system. At a minimum, a dirty condenser will cause water in the lines. At a maximum, it will cause dryer failure.
A lot of people are tempted to blow out the dirt with compressed air. This only moves the dust which will end up back in the condenser when the fan comes on. We recommend vacuuming the condenser. Whichever method you decide to use, be careful not to bend the fins and always make sure to check the drain trap.
On the air compressor, a dirty cooler can also cause a couple of things to happen if not cleaned regularly. The compressor will run hot and potentially shutdown on high temperatures. If left unresolved, you can have varnishing of the lubricant, bearing failure or worse, a fire.
If your compressor includes an after cooler, the high inlet temperature that the dryer would see, would cause the dryer not to function properly.
Cleaning the dryer & compressor cooler would be done during your regular maintenance and should be checked during your weekly visual inspection.
With the warmer weather approaching, now is the time to check and clean the coolers on your air compressors. Dirty coolers lead to unwanted breakdowns and costly repairs. Keeping your coolers clean is essential for the proper operation and of your air compressors. Don’t wait for your unit to shut down on hot days, call Scales today to find out more. www.scalesair.com/locations-a-directions
Did you know if your air compressor is still under the manufacturer’s warranty, you need to purchase and install OEM parts and lubricant to maintain it? In addition, some warrantees require periodic lubricant analysis. Scales can provide the OEM parts and lubricant and analysis.
Give any one of our locations a call. www.scalesair.com/locations-a-directions
With the winter hopefully behind us, it’s time to think about maintenance on your refrigerated dryer in your compressed air system. As humidity levels increase during the spring and summer months, moisture can accumulate in the air system if not properly maintained. This will reduce efficiencies and eventually cause sensitive instruments; such as actuator valves, solenoid valve and air motors to fail.
This type of service can be covered under our typical Preventative Maintenance Agreement (PMA). Call Scales for more information on our PM agreements or to set up your maintenance appointment. Down time is expensive….Our PMA’s are not! Check out this video on refrigerated air dryers. www.scalesair.com/locations-a-directions
Looking to install new compressed air piping or add on to your existing piping system? Scales Industrial Technologies’ innovative modular aluminum piping system is the answer. Our system utilizes powder coated piping with heavy duty, reusable metal fittings and connectors. Continue reading →
Running your air compressor at higher pressures than needed will cause you to use more energy and compressed air. An Amplifier (Booster) like the one below allows you drop the air pressure in the primary system and send high pressure air only to the device that needs it, thereby saving you money. Applications vary for each system so give Scales a call to find the solution that will work for you. www.scalesair.com/locations-a-directions
Both variable speed (VFD) and variable displacement technology save power at reduced load levels with significant savings in electrical energy costs if applied and operated properly. Continue reading →
Did you know that Scales also sells and services process cooling towers? Take a look at one in our shop that we recently modified for a customer in the injection molding industry. Note the size as compared to our forklift!
Did you know that Scales has a full and complete line of EMERGENCY rental air compressors (both oil-free and lubricated) and dryers and vacuum pumps ready to go! When time counts, you can count on Scales.
For over 45 years, Scales remains the acknowledged leader in the design, installation, sale, and service of complete industrial compressed air solutions and advanced industrial technologies that work to reduce energy costs while increasing productivity, reliability and profitability.
Annual Medical Gas Testing is a very critical process that involves more than what meets the eye. Most evidently, all outlets in critical care areas – including but not limited to ICU’s, CCU’s, NICU’s, Surgery, Recovery and ER’s – are audited for their flow, pressure and vacuum, and any damage and wear. They are also checked for proper labeling, in accordance with NFPA 99 guidelines. Continue reading →