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Why is it important to protect your air compressor from contaminants?

Just like you are what you eat, your air compressor is what it consumes.

Like a vacuum cleaner, an air compressor sucks in air and any contaminants within that.

Those contaminants are then concentrated during the compression process.

The contaminants that are present in compressed air:

  • Water vapour
  • Micro-organisms
  • Atmospheric particulate
  • Oil as liquid, aerosols, vapour
  • Sulphur dioxide (SO2)
  • Nitrogen oxides (NO + NO2)
  • Carbon monoxide (CO)
  • Carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Vapours from caustic cleaning agents, bleach, etc.
  • Fumes from other machinery
  • Wear particles
  • Rust and pipe scale (a buildup of minerals and other deposits in areas that come in contact with water) from inside the air compressor

What problems do contaminants cause on a compressed air site?

How do you prevent those contamination problems?

  • Compressed Air Controls can supply air filters and oil-water separators
  • Even with those accessories, in some cases, there may be no way to prevent there being some fumes from other machinery, like if you are a panel beater in the automotive industry; Compressed Air Controls can supply provide breathing air equipment to staff
  • Compressed Air Controls can conduct an  AirPurity✓ test to ensure your staff are safe by checking there are no contaminants in the air they are breathing.
  • Compressed Air Controls can ensure that the compressed air site is serviced regularly; a predictive maintenance schedule, like Compressed Air Controls’ AirCare✓ can ensure that your air compressor's filters, oil separators and breathing air sets are replaced before they become worn. 

Contact Compressed Air Controls to organise this today.