Traditionally, air receivers were sized for reciprocating air compressors. The general guideline was that every cfm of air produced required one gallon of storage. Today, with lubricant-injected rotary screw compressors using load/unload controls, the suggested minimum size is between three and five gallons of storage per cfm produced. Air receiver size requirements can also vary by the type of compressor and the type of compressor capacity control. When determining the volume of system storage required for multiple compressor systems, only the capacity of the trim compressor needs to be considered for reducing part-load energy requirements.
Scales Industrial Technologies was literally on the drawing board when called upon to design and implement a custom air compressor system, and provide the equipment for a recently completed new hangar at Newark Liberty airport, home to a major US airline.
Systems Engineer Steven Lichtenstein explains how the project engineers made the choice early on to incorporate a compressed air system into the hangar design itself for planned efficiency and reliability that also contributed substantial energy-savings.
Compressed air is used to power the tools needed to repair aircraft and as such plays an important role in the overarching design of the new hangar. Scales put together the compressor, air treatment system and storage receiver for the air system.
Scales Industrial Technologies is pleased to announce it now carries a full line of regenerative blowers to complement their existing centrifugal type blower offerings. The addition of All-Star Blowers , adds to its already extensive line of products in the compressed air industry.
“All-Star Products is a good fit for us,” says Niff Ambrosino, Chief Operating Officer at Scales Industrial Technologies. “Their line of regenerative type low-pressure blowers can be used in place of high-pressure compressed air in many applications and gives us yet another option in designing the best solutions for our customers.”
A key advantage of low-pressure blowers is a major reduction in energy consumption. They are quiet, efficient and oil free and offer an affordable option to using high-pressure compressed air to perform a wide range of operations including vacuum applications.
A Scales application engineer can review a customer’s use of high-pressure compressed air for a specific process. Scales can then determine if low-pressure air is a viable alternative, which would result in lower operating and energy costs.
Scales’ new line of regenerative blowers from All-Star are very compact, ideal for designers and builders of manufacturing and automation equipment. Plus, they offer high quality and performance with competitive pricing.
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.
High Temp Dryer Solutions from Scales Air can handle the heat.
Reciprocating compressors find many applications in small machine shops, manufacturing and automotive. They are highly efficient but the discharge compressed air temperature can be extremely high.
Which is where a high-inlet temperature refrigerated compressed air dryer from Scales comes into play.
“Standard dryers aren’t designed to handle high-inlet temperatures,” says Ross Orr, Sales Manager at Scales Industrial Technologies. “Their design rating of 100°F inlet air temperature doesn’t begin to match the 180° or more common with reciprocating air compressor applications. At Scales, we offer refrigerated compressed air dryers that are designed to do just that.”
Coming up with a custom design solution drawing from a wide array of industrial technologies is a bit like solving a puzzle. Manufacturing companies often need system design expertise and integration beyond the simple “quote and sell” approach to solve their unique puzzle.
“Here at Scales we have the capabilities to design a project from the bottom up,” says Alex Concepcion, Applications Engineer at Scales Industrial Technologies.
Concepcion relates a recent case wherein a manufacturer needed a chilled water system that didn’t rely on a series of individual chillers, but instead, one large chiller to accommodate their production needs.
Maintenance of this machine is very simple…you have to keep it clean, check for leaks, make sure you use OEM equipment and never mix lubricants. Scales Industrial Technologies offers all the parts and equipment necessary to maintain your compressor — but for those who don’t feel comfortable performing their own maintenance, our field technicians are standing by 24/7 to take care of it for you. Call any one of our locations.
When air is compressed and cooled, the water that was in the air condenses, and is discharged at the after-cooler, dryer, and filter drains. Unless you run an oil-free compressor, this condensate may be contaminated with significant amounts of compressor oil…and in many places this condensate is considered “hazardous waste”. As such it cannot be discharged down the sewer drain…and certainly not to the ground (The result may be a soil contamination issue!)
Sure, you can pay a hazardous-waste company to haul away the contaminated condensation, but consider: During a typical East Coast summer, a 100-horsepower compressor can easily generate over 2 gallons of oil-contaminated condensate every hour. That’s going to add up. Continue reading
Scales Industrial Technologies is well known for providing world-class compressed air systems. Scales’ customers also know that when a special need presents itself, they can count on the company to create a customized solution that effectively and cost-efficiently addresses their requirement.
One example of Scales’ customization capability involved a manufacturer of industrial filters with an ‘out-of-the-box’ problem. Their production plant was expanding and additional heavy-duty, positive displacement blowers were needed to handle the new growth. “Scales was able to step up and devise the ideal solution to meet their needs,” says Ray Lundrigan, Manager of Scales’ American Process Gas Compressor division.
While energy conservation was a major component of the decision-making process, even more important was the customer’s requirement of a short lead-time and to use specific positive displacement blower and motor manufacturers, which meet their plant’s standards. The original idea was to find a rebuilt package that met their particular requirements. “After reviewing the available options, we convinced the Continue reading
SCALES VIDEO GIVES STEP-BY-STEP DETAILS OF PROPER PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE FOR ROTARY SCREW AIR COMPRESSORS
In an on-going effort to keep their customers well informed and operating at maximum efficiency, Scales Industrial Technologies has produced another highly-informative video on preventive maintenance. Specifically, it covers procedures to properly maintain a rotary screw air compressor.
“We received very positive feedback about our last video covering reciprocating air compressors, and wanted to provide the same informative support to our rotary screw compressor customers,” says Scales’ Service Manager Todd Lung. “While we clearly recommend having preventive maintenance performed by experienced professionals like those at Scales, the more our customers know about their critical compressed air equipment, the better it is for their businesses. The video will serve as an informative 24/7 reference should any special need arise.” Continue reading
Connecticut Sales Manager, Ross Orr, shows us step-by-step air leak repair instructions to make sure your compressed air system runs as efficiently as possible.