Over the years, Scales Industrial Technologies has earned the respect and business of a great many customers in a diverse range of industries. Whether for the purchase of premium-quality new or re-manufactured compressed air equipment or timely, dependable service, Scales has delivered both value and integrity to keep their operations running smoothly. And profitably.
On several occasions, when a company has been looking to buy equipment, Scales’ technicians and representatives, while seeking to find the ideal system for the client’s specific requirements, have discovered the need for such a purchase either premature, or completely unnecessary. “Through our compressed air system audit, we often find no need to replace a given client’s compressed air equipment,” states Roger Antonioli, Senior Account Manager at Scales Industrial Technologies. “Our experts thoroughly analyze the existing systems to fully understand their operational profile, which then allows us to advise the client as to the best way to go. Sometimes that means not buying new or remanufactured equipment, for one or more reasons.”
According to Antonioli, there are numerous reasons why a company believes it needs to replace existing equipment, the most common being:
• They’re experiencing lower-than-normal delivered air pressure in their system.
• Visual evidence of moisture and/or oil carry-over in the compressed air stream where none previously existed.
• Higher-than-usual energy and maintenance costs associated with additional
compressed air equipment being forced to come on-line to handle system demands.
• The belief that their current equipment is not operating at previous performance
• The addition of new plant processing machinery will require greater compressed
Considering that the average compressed air system needs just half of all the compressed air being generated and delivered to demand-side processes, simply deductive reasoning says the first move should be to properly analyze the current compressed air equipment and its demand-side consumption. An air audit can ascertain if corrections could ameliorate the issues, or if indeed the expense of new or re-manufactured equipment is warranted.
“A Scales compressed air system audit will certainly discover the source of our client’s air system inefficiencies,” asserts Antonioli, “whether it’s a poorly-configured distribution piping layout, less-than-sufficient air storage volume, inadequate equipment maintenance, air leaks, inappropriate uses of compressed air, improper setting of the existing compressor controllers or one of many other possible problems. More importantly, our audit will make it possible to offer viable, cost-effective solutions that steer a customer in the appropriate direction. Sometimes that will translate into recommending the purchase of new or re-manufactured equipment.”
He also makes the point that when a change of equipment is recommended, having a Scales audit assessment assures them it’s the necessary course of action to take, as well as that the equipment has been vetted to ensure it’s the proper size, type, and control methodology to most efficiently serve their needs. Buying new or re-manufactured equipment without this knowledge can be costly, so an audit really pays in the long run.
“It’s important to always remember that you can never manage anything you can’t measure,” says Antonioli. “At Scales, we can help manage both air system productivity and costs by utilizing our state-of-the-art means to measure them.”