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
- 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?
- Contaminated breathing air is dangerous for staff
- Contaminated air can damage your products; this is extremely important to mitigate for sensitive industries
- Contaminated air can damage the air compressor
- This can cause your air compressor to break down, which negatively affects your productivity.
- It can also shorten your air compressors’ lifespan. This is exactly what happened to Stevensons Structural Engineers as the air compressor was sucking in fumes from the blast booth. To prevent that from happening again, Compressed Air Controls designed a portable shed on a skid that means the air compressor is away from the blast booth and it also means if the company needs to expand in the future then they have more freedom to do so.
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.