Maintaining your peace of mind

Air Compressor Maintenance 

Let’s face it. At some point, no matter how high quality the product is, equipment or machinery will break down. Breakdowns can have major impacts on the efficiency of your production which in a worst-case scenario, can cost your business thousands of dollars. While breakdowns are inevitable, regular and professional air compressor maintenance assures the reliability and quality of your equipment.

So why should I invest in maintenance?

With regular maintenance, you lower the risk of your compressed air system breaking down which ultimately leads to lower profitability. Think of your air system like a car being serviced. Filters and fluids are replaced, cooling water is inspected, belts are adjusted, and leaks are identified and repaired. These regular checkups ensure your compressed air system remains reliable throughout its lifetime.

Without servicing, system integrity could be compromised when undetected problems deteriorate, leading to damage. At some point, this will cost you a lot to repair.

Can’t I just pay for maintenance when I need it?

Sure, but keep in mind that you’ll have to closely monitor your compressor’s service requirements and order each service separately. A slow procurement process can lead to a delayed service which potentially means an increase in overall costs.

What are the risks of delaying my maintenance checks?

Most parts within your compressed air system have a specified lifespan. Failure to replace them on time can impact your compressor’s overall efficiency and reliability. Not only does this increase ongoing production costs but also the chance of a breakdown occurring which can have an even bigger impact on profitability.

How do energy costs affect my budget?

The biggest part of the total cost of ownership for compressed air equipment is energy consumption. If you fail to properly maintain your air compressor system, pressure drops may occur, decreasing the system’s efficiency.

During an average compressor’s lifetime of around 10 years, the cost of compressed air is roughly divided up as 73% energy costs with the remaining 27% divided between capital costs, installation and maintenance. In reality, producing 1 kW of compressed air requires 8 kW of electricity. So, if you’re not evaluating the energy performance of your system, you are potentially converting your money into thin air.

How often should my receiver be inspected?

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 requirements and AS/NZS 3788:2006, routine biennial inspections of pressure vessels is mandatory. 

Pressure vessels used in the workplace present a lot of potential dangers when not properly maintained which can cause damage to property, injury and even death. This is why it’s essential to properly install and service receivers and ensure that all of your equipment complies with the relevant AS standards and Worksafe WA regulations.

Do I have to register my receiver?

As per the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 along with AS/NZS 3788:2006, registration of pressure vessels is mandatory in order to assess safety and to detect any dangerous deterioration.

Interested in learning more about Nessco Pressure Systems servicing and maintenance capabilities? Then get in contact today. 

Compressed Air Safety Tips

Compressed air can be extremely dangerous if not used in a safe manner.

 

To reduce the risk of injury, it is recommended that the following guidelines are considered and implemented:

1. Never apply compressed air to the skin or direct it at a person

Even air at a pressure of 15 psi can cause serious injury. Never use a compressed air hose to clean dirt or dust from your clothing or body.

2. When using compressed air for cleaning purposes, ensure pressure does not exceed 30 psi (per OSHA regulations)

Always use goggles or a face shield over approved safety glasses for this application.

3. Wear ear protection

Exposure to excessive noise can damage hearing. Noise reducing mufflers can be fitted to machines to lessen the noise health hazard.

4. Never crimp, couple, or uncouple pressurized hose

Shut off valves and bleed down pressure before making any hose connections.

5. Use heavy duty clamps and fittings made especially for compressed air hose

Use only the correct type and size of hose end fittings and connectors.

6. Never use frayed, damaged or deteriorated hoses

Always store hoses properly and away from direct sunlight. A hose failure can cause serious injury. Hose reels can decrease your chances of injury, as well as help hoses last longer.

7. When blowing compressed air through a hose or airline, ensure open end is held securely

A free end can whip and can cause injury. Open the supply valve carefully and ensure that any ejected particles are restrained. A blocked hose can become a dangerous “air gun”.

8. Keep compressors regularly serviced

Keeping up to date with your compressor’s servicing schedule ensures air quality is controlled, and reduces the risk of over pressure, and component failure.

9. Do not use air directly from a compressor for breathing purposes

Only do so if the system has been specifically designed for such purpose, and suitable breathing air filters and regulators are in place.

10. Isolating valves should be of the self venting type and designed to be locking in the “off” position

This ensures that air pressure cannot be applied accidentally while the machine is being worked on.

 


 

 

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