Understanding Industrial Equipment and Our Manufacturing Legacy

I'm Sandra Adams, a blogger and enthusiast of many eclectic targets, including pottery and industrial equipment and supplies. I've traced my family tree as far back as I can go and there is not one moment where my family hasn't been involved in manufacturing. My dad worked as a mechanic repairing industrial machinery and if it wasn't for me, he wouldn't have anyone to pass down his knowledge to. I've always wanted to know what my dad was up to, so I'd ask him what he did everyday. I've always been really curious and this has lead me to develop a really strong understanding of industrial equipment. My love for industrial equipment hasn't waned and now I feel like sharing this knowledge with others. I've created this blog for this exact purpose.

Proper Inspection and Maintenance for Air Compressor Units


Depending on the design of the air compressor, you may be working with an outdoor-safe or indoor air compressor. Unfortunately, even the most rugged air compressors need targeted maintenance to avoid significant internal damage and complete failure. As you review the ways you use and take care of your compressor, keep a few inspection and maintenance tips in mind.

Don't Drop the Hardware!

Many air compressors are used in hard work that may be in any type of weather. Whether you're working at a construction site, an auto mechanic shop or a heavy-duty industry, workers can become tired and careless with equipment. The small attachments and hoses connected to the compressor may be dropped during a long, hard day when a worker needs to pick something else up or walk away.

Even if the attachments look like tough metal, they may be constructed in ways that can't deal with being dropped. Some attachment heads are made of two halves fused together in order to close around internal components. Continued drops may not cause the attachment to split in half, but there may be small cracks or air-leaking holes that render your air compressor's pressure weaker.

Aside from having a ruined attachment, your air compressor may have to work harder in order to deliver the same amount of air pressure--a limit that may not be reached depending on how small the leak is.

Removal and storage of the hoses can be a problem as well. Depending on the hose design, there may be stiff rubbed inside that can melt and crack with drastic temperature changes. If the hoses are being bent and wrapped tightly during temperature extremes, you may over-stretch or crack the hoses, resulting in another leak problem. Consider investing in a hose hanging rack or a spool specifically for wrapping at a safe bend.

Air Filter Inspection and Troubleshooting

The air filter is designed to keep debris from entering the air compressor. For many systems, this may be simply to keep airflow stable and high enough to power pneumatic tools or fill inflatables. For air compressors, the debris can quickly damage internal components and burn the inner motor of the compressor.

Inspect the filter for any damage, which may betray incorrect installation or objects near the compressor that may be tearing the filter by accident. Try to relocated the compressor to a place where lots of air can enter the system without being threatened by workers with sharp tools or other passing traffic that could puncture the filter.

Humidity can also damage the motor and dampen the compressor's inner components. To solve humidity issues, consider adding a dehumidifier to the general area.

Contact a hardware professional like http://www.compressor-pump.com specializing in air compressors to find different, accessories, maintenance plans and best practices for your compressor.


21 August 2015