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industrial air compressors
It can be challenging to keep things cool throughout manufacturing. Factory floors that are large and open are not ideal for air conditioning. Buildings often have inadequate insulation, and ventilation frequently favors fresh air over cool air. In addition, there are many devices that produce heat. And let’s not forget that wearing protective equipment frequently prevents people from sweating adequately. For workers in the manufacturing industry, this may have all the symptoms of heat sickness, including heatstroke. Also, when workers are hot, they are more likely to make mistakes that result in expensive and dangerous mishaps.

All year long, but especially now that summer is approaching, it’s crucial to keep your air compressor in good working order. Make sure your air compressors are in good condition to survive the summer heat because hot and humid conditions can cause them to work harder.

Industrial air compressors, like all other equipment in your plant or manufacturing facility, are devices that require routine maintenance, whether it is done by an internal maintenance professional or by your local compressor dealer. A compressor that hasn’t been maintained will begin to exhibit signs of neglect when the temperatures rise in the spring and summer. Before you inspect your compressed air system, don’t wait for the weather to warm up. With a little planning, you can stay cool all summer.

Maintaining Coolers Effectively

The reliability of your compressors heavily depends on the condition of the coolers. There is no universal schedule for cleaning coolers; the frequency should be adapted based on the working environment. Facilities in dustier settings, such as woodworking or metal fabrication plants, will need to clean their coolers more often than those in environments like pharmaceutical or semiconductor plants. Regular cleaning prevents compressors from overheating, which is crucial as high temperatures can significantly reduce their efficiency and reliability. Establish a monitoring system to check cooler cleanliness regularly and adjust cleaning schedules based on the amount of accumulated debris.

Ensuring Thermal Valves Are Operational

Thermal valves play a critical role in managing the discharge temperatures of your systems. An increase in these temperatures often signals a malfunction within the valve, which could lead to overheating and system failure. It’s important to monitor these temperatures frequently under different operating conditions. If anomalies are detected, do not hesitate to involve experts in your troubleshooting and guidance on these complex systems.

Air Filter Maintenance

Air filters can become clogged with particles over time, leading to inefficiencies and higher operating temperatures that can harm your system. Inspect air filters regularly and clean them with a vacuum if they are mildly dirty to restore optimal airflow. However, if the filter is very dirty or hasn’t been replaced in over a year, it’s best to replace it to maintain air quality and system efficiency.

Checking Drain Functionality

The role of drains in compressed air systems becomes increasingly critical during humid months, as they are responsible for removing condensate that could otherwise accumulate and cause damage. Ensure that your drains are fully functional by testing them regularly. Most modern drains include a test button for this purpose. For timed drains, consider adjusting the settings to handle increased moisture during summer, ensuring that all moisture is effectively expelled from the system.

Monitoring Fluid Levels

Fluid levels in your compressors should be checked daily as part of routine maintenance. While users can perform daily checks, a certified service technician should also review these levels during regular service visits to ensure that there are no leaks or other issues that could impact system performance. Keeping fluid levels within manufacturer recommended limits is essential for the longevity and reliability of your compressors.

If you’d like our help in assessing the compressed air needs of your plant, we’d love to talk. Please get in touch through our contact page.

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