If you’ve determined what size of compressor you need and the engine requirements to power that compressor the next important step is to ensure that the combination is going to operate optimally in your working environment. In the case of mobile compressors this may include high altitudes, dirty environments and large ambient air temperature fluctuations. For this article, we will focus on the different methods of rejecting the heat generated by your compressor system. Continue reading “Keeping Your Cool: Managing the heat rejection requirements of your air compressor system”
It is important to consider where your compressor air intake is located. Some factors to consider are: particulates in the air (dust which can plug filters), ingestion potential (can the intake become plugged with snow or mud) and the temperature of the air when it enters the compressor. If you are mounting an air compressor to an internal combustion engine and/or in any type of enclosure the ambient air temperature around the compressor can rise well above the outside ambient temperature causing a reduction in compressor performance. Continue reading “How inlet temperature affects air flow”
Say you have an air tank or some other suitably pressure rated vessel and you want to figure out how long it will take to bring the pressure up to a certain level using a compressor of known capacity (CFM) and you want to do it using common sense, not a lot of formulas.
Proper maintenance of air tools used in mobile applications, such as tire service, mobile mechanics trucks and construction, directly affects worker productivity, operations costs and profit. When an impact gun or air grinder or jackhammer breaks down prematurely, equipment operators can’t do their jobs, causing work delays (and unhappy customers) and unnecessarily high tool replacement costs. Continue reading “Five Key Mobile Air Tool Best Practices: Optimizing Performance & Extending Lifecycle”
It is important to consider appropriate sizing of all components of your air system. If you are investing in an air compressor system, restricting the flow anywhere in your system could make it significantly underperform or cost you a lot more in energy costs to run that compressor over its lifetime.
As air travels from the compressor head to your tool it travels through components such as hoses, fittings, valves, and tanks. Each of these will restrict the flow of air in some way depending on the geometry of each component and the magnitude of the flow passing through it. For example, a long small hose feeding a high air demand tool can result in a high-pressure drop. The result of this will mean either your compressor is working harder and using more power to keep up with your air demands, or if it can’t keep up, your tool performance will be reduced. In some cases, where torque or power at the tool is important, you may not be able to complete your work.