There’s no getting around it… spring cleaning just isn’t complete without giving your compressed air dryers the attention they need to stay in peak operating condition. Just as homeowners spruce up everything from the basement to the backyard as warmer weather and increased humidity approach, the same philosophy applies when it comes to your compressed air dryers.
“Lack of maintenance is the enemy of refrigerated compressed air drying systems,” notes Jim Osmun, General Manager for Quincy Scales Industrial. “As humidity levels increase during the spring and summer months, moisture can accumulate in systems that aren’t properly maintained, reducing efficiency and eventually causing them to fail. That’s why at Scales we strongly recommend a thorough ‘spring cleaning’ before humidity levels and temperatures reach their peak.”
To help ensure smooth, non-interrupted service, Scales offers complete “Pre-Summer” maintenance on all major brands of refrigerated air dryers. With the tri-state area’s largest service fleet and 24-hour service, the Scales team can provide the complete spectrum of preventive maintenance necessary to keep your compressed air systems cool and productive throughout the summer months by preventing minor and serious breakdowns that can shut down production and wreak havoc in terms of lost time and profits. “Of course, we also provide emergency service when systems do break down,” adds Loesing, “but our preference is to prevent any system problems before they occur. It’s much easier for us and a whole lot less costly for our customers.”
According to Loesing, there are a few extremely important steps required to prevent damage caused by increased moisture in your plant’s compressed air. When properly sized and maintained, an air dryer will prevent liquid condensate from developing downstream. By properly cleaning condensers and replacing (or when possible rebuilding) condensate drain traps, owners can ensure their refrigerated air dryer(s) remain in good operating condition regardless of humidity levels.
At the same time, replacing line filter elements is also important since a dirty filter increases pressure drop. Reducing pressure drop not only helps the system work more efficiently, it also saves money. Typically, for every two ‘psig’ reduction in pressure at the compressor, one percent of energy savings is realized. So the compressed air system not only works better, it’s less costly to operate as well.
Another critical component too often overlooked is the filter’s automatic drain. Loesing strongly advocates testing and/or changing them during the maintenance process, as they are critical to preventing liquid carry-over.
Scales’ highly-skilled service technicians are trained to provide swift, expert service for a broad range of systems for virtually all manufacturers: air dryers, medical air and vacuum, cooling systems, positive displacement and centrifugal blowers, diaphragm pumps, natural gas engine-driven units, and all types of compressors, including centrifugal compressor repairs and upgrades. Additionally, Scales offers a variety of high-quality rental units when needed.
To schedule a maintenance visit or for 24-hour emergency service, simply call (973) 890-1010. “Don’t sweat this summer…call us to keep cool and collected all season, and all year, long”, says Loesing.
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