Despite the prevalence of air compressors throughout the industrial sphere, there are still many misconceptions about their performance, capabilities, and best practices.
Did you know, for example, that about 50% of the energy associated with compressed air is wasted? Or, that despite this amount of wasted energy, compressed air systems are still more cost efficient than electrical power when properly utilized and maintained?
Here at Industrial Compressor Solutions (ICS), we have a team of air compressor experts on hand to clear up misconceptions and answer client questions. Not only is our team available 24/7 to answer your call, but they are also available to train your team of employees!
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Our trainings are flexible to your needs, as no one facility or process is the same.
Air Compressor Q&A
When discussing air compressors with clients, questions usually fall into a few specific categories; air leak management programs, the efficiency and reliability of air systems, compressed air system equipment management, and air system control setup are common topics, but most questions are related to best practices and safety.
To give you a general idea of the questions we receive — and perhaps answer some of your own along the way — we’ve put together a brief air compressor Q&A.
Q: In air compressors, the higher the pressure, the better, right?
A: It may seem counterintuitive, but no. In order to minimize risks and reduce energy consumption, the lowest practical pressure should be used.
Q: Do air consumption measurements really matter?
A: Yes — the more accurate the measurements, the more accurate your operational cost assessments will be.
Q: How important is leak detection in air compressors?
A: Continuous leak detection and proactive leak elimination are critical in reducing consumption and, consequently, operating costs.
Q: I keep all air compressors in my system running at all times. Is that OK?
A: Generally, it’s best to run only the number of air compressors required to meet the demands of the system.
Q: Should I ever shut my compressors off?
A: Absolutely. For any given application, air compressors should be shut off whenever they are not actively required.
Q: Do I really have to read my entire manual on air compressors?
A: We would strongly recommend it. Reading air compressor manuals — or manuals for any type of equipment or machinery — helps ensure smooth, safe operation and optimal longevity.
Q: Do I have to clean my air compressor?
A: Yes, we recommend cleaning air compressors on a regular basis; this will keep them free of contaminants and prevent more serious issues. Be sure to disconnect the compressor from its source during cleaning, as well as during maintenance.
Q: Should an air compressor be kept in a particular environment?
A: Yes. Some air compressors are designed for use in outdoor environments and can be kept there, providing proper rust-prevention measures are taken. Compressors designed for indoor operations should only be used indoors and must be kept dry — and, if possible, moisture in the air should be reduced by increasing facility air circulation.
Q: Are air compressor inspections really necessary?
A: Yes, inspections are essential for ensuring optimal performance, safety, and cost efficiency.
Train With ICS
These are just a few examples of the questions we field at ICS. While we’re happy to help clients with all their air compressor needs, these types of inquiries — and more complex topics — can be best addressed in a quality training program.
At ICS, we can address all air compressor-related questions through various training formats and styles that suit all learning styles and schedules.
To learn more about our training programs, or to schedule one for your team, contact us today.