Air Treatment Mythbusting, Pt. 2

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We’re back to debunk another round of common air treatment myths and misconceptions! Read on to learn more about air contamination, dryer installation, and more:

Myth: Compressed air contamination is a compressor issue.

Fact: In a typical compressed air system, contamination comes from three different sources, these being:

  1. Atmospheric air: Air compressors draw in huge amounts of atmospheric air, which continuously fills the system with contaminants such as water vapor, microorganisms, atmospheric dirt, and oil vapor.
  1. The air compressor: In addition to the contaminants drawn in through the compressor intake, the compressor also adds particulates from its operation. Additionally, oil lubricated compressors carry over liquid oil, oil aerosols, and oil vapor from the compression process. Once through the compression stage, the after-cooler will also condense water vapor, introducing it into the compressed air in both a liquid and aerosol form.
  1. Compressed air storage devices and distribution piping: The air receiver (storage device) and the system piping that distributes the compressed air around the facility both store large amounts of contamination. Additionally, they cool the warm, saturated compressed air which causes condensation on a large scale, adding liquid water into the system. This saturated air and liquid water leads to corrosion, pipe scale, and microbiological growth.

Myth: Static oil water separators are not suitable for synthetic lubricants/PAGs. This is evident with cloudy outlet water.

Fact: Oil water separators are designed to reduce oil in water levels to acceptable limits. Some lubricants such as synthetics/PAGs also contain detergents and additives to extend the life of the compressor. Oil water separators are not designed to remove detergents and additives. Oil in water content cannot be accurately determined from visual inspection–lab analysis should be used. Lab analysis of cloudy outlet water is the only way of accurately testing oil in water content to show whether or not it is within acceptable limits.

Myth: Any dryer (refrigerated or desiccant) can be installed outdoors.

Fact: All standard dryers are designed for internal installation. However, many are often installed outside, with or without a lean-to roof. Outside installation is acceptable provided there is a lean-to roof with freeze/snow protection, blowing rain protection, and a roof/ceiling high enough to avoid hot air recirculation. Outside installation of standard dryers with no roof is not recommended.

In a case where outside installation without roof is a necessity, request an outdoor modification package including freeze protection, UV protection in paint, fasteners and electronics, and Nema 4 components throughout. A Nema 4 electrical enclosure alone is not sufficient for an outdoor setup without roof installation.

Myth: Most dryers do not provide dryness levels to the same levels quoted in sales literature.

Fact: Dryer installations are often plagued with a variety of mistakes which impact the level of compressed air dryness which they provide. Classic installation mistakes are: 

  • Insufficient space above or in front of condenser air discharge, which causes recirculation and high pressure faults
  • Dramatic undersizing of dryers, forgetting that cooling water and ambient air in summer is at far higher temperatures than in winter
  • Insufficient power supplies, so the actual voltage is subject to tremendous dips, which can wreak havoc with dryer operation and performance.

Myth: Compressed air filters also dry compressed air.

Fact: Compressed air filters are capable of removing bulk liquid water and some water aerosol from compressed air. Compressed air filters are not capable of reducing the level of moisture vapor in compressed air or reducing the pressure dew point of compressed air.

We hope this information will help those working with compressors to increase their understanding of their machines! Whether you’re looking to purchase a compressor or are in need of maintenance, 3C is dedicated to educating our customers and providing quality service and products. Contact us for more information today!

What You Need to Know About Air Compressor Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your air compressor is a great way to save yourself time and money. Taking a few moments out of your day to ensure things are running smoothly can keep your machine from developing major issues down the road that could cost a lot to repair. Be sure to hang on to your owner’s manual so you can refer back to it while performing your maintenance checks! The manufacturer of your air compressor should be the authority on how to care for it and ensure its longevity. 

Using your manual, build out a maintenance schedule that looks something like this:

ProcedureDailyWeeklyMonthlyQuarterly 
Check pump oil levelX
Oil leak inspectionX
Drain water in tankX
Inspect odd noises/vibrationsX
Inspect air leaksX
Inspect beltsX
Check/Clean air filtersX
Check safety relief valveX
Check and tighten nuts and boltsX
Check connections for leaksX
Scheduled Maintenance Call 3C!

Make sure your schedule includes all the key points of compressor maintenance with a note of how frequently each item needs to occur– some inspections will need to be done more often due to the daily wear and tear of the machine, while others can be done monthly or quarterly. Following your checklist is the easiest way to ensure that you spot any problems early on and prevent minor issues from becoming major repairs in the future.  

Scheduled maintenance is more than just changing a few filters!  At 3C, we have an in-depth checklist covering all preventive and corrective maintenance to ensure that you are getting the most out of your investment with minimal downtime for your facility.

Is your compressor in need of professional maintenance? Request a quote today!

Air Treatment Mythbusting, Pt. 1

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With the amount of information available on the internet about air treatment and compressors, it can be hard to decipher how much of it is actually true! Here are some common myths and misconceptions about air treatment, debunked:

Myth: Filter elements should only be changed when differential pressure (DP) is high.

Fact: Compressed air filtration is installed to improve air quality. DP gauges/indicators are blockage indicators, not air quality indicators. To ensure your compressed air quality, filter elements should be changed annually in line with manufacturer’s instructions.

Myth: Coalescing filters are ONLY for oil removal.

Fact: Coalescing filters have an even higher capture rate with solid contaminants than with liquids.

Myth: Oil contamination is not present in atmospheric air.

Fact: Atmospheric air typically contains between 0.05mg/m3 and 0.5mg/m3 of oil vapor from sources such as car exhaust and industrial processes. Because oil-free compressors use large quantities of atmospheric air, which contains oil vapor that can cool and condense in the compressed air systems, the use of oil-free compressors does not guarantee oil-free air.

Myth: Liquid oil and oil aerosol are the only contaminants present in a compressed air system.

Fact: Generally, there are 10 contaminants found in a typical compressed air system that need to be removed or reduced for the system to run efficiently:

  • Water vapor
  • Liquid oil
  • Oil vapor
  • Rust/atmospheric dirt
  • Water aerosols
  • Microorganisms
  • Oil aerosols
  • Liquid water
  • Pipe scale

Only two of these contaminants, liquid oil and oil aerosol, are introduced by a lubricating compressor. The purification equipment required to reduce or remove the remaining contaminants also removes liquid oil and oil aerosols by virtue of their operation. Therefore, regardless of the type of compressor installed, purification equipment is required.
At 3C, we believe in the importance of educating all air compressor owners and users so that they fully understand the machines they work with. Do you still have unanswered questions about air compressors or air treatment that you’d like solved? Contact us today!

Air Compressor 101

Air compressors can seem complicated at first! If you’re thinking about owning– or even renting– one, it’s a good idea to do some research beforehand to familiarize yourself with the machine. Here are some terms every air compressor owner should be familiar with:

  • Cubic feet per minute (CFM): The volume of air that is able to pass through an opening in one minute.
  • Duty cycle: Amount of time that a compressor can operate at full load before needing to unload/turn off.
  • Filter efficiency: The rate at which a filter can remove particles from an air flow.
  • Kick-in pressure: Factory-set low pressure point of the pressure switch that starts the compressor in order to re-pressurize the tank.
  • Kick-out pressure: Factory-set high pressure point of the pressure switch that stops the compressor from increasing the pressure in the tank above a certain level.
  • Load time: The time it takes for a compressor to go from load to unload.
  • Oil-free compressor: Air compressor that has no oil inserted into the compression chamber for lubrication, cooling or sealing. Typically used in the medical and food processing field.
  • Pneumatic: Related to the movement of air.
  • Pneumatic power: Compressed air power.
  • Point of use: An outlet in a building used to connect tools or equipment to the air compressor system.
  • Pounds per square inch (PSI): A unit of measurement referring to the pressure applied on one square inch of an object’s surface.
  • Preventative maintenance (PM): A maintenance program performed on a fixed schedule that includes compressor service as well as routine repair and replacement of parts.
  • Purging: The elimination of undesired gas or liquid from a system.
  • Receiver: Generally a tank used for storage of compressed air. Oftentimes in large air compressor systems there can be a primary and secondary receiver.
  • Reciprocating compressor: A reciprocating compressor uses pistons driven by a crankshaft to deliver air at high pressure.
  • Rotary screw compressor: A compressor that utilizes two intermeshing helical rotors to trap a volume of air, then compress it to a higher pressure. Rotary screw compressors can be run for 24 hours per day, 365 days a year.
  • Single stage: A compressor in which the air is compressed from initial pressure to final pressure in one step.

Learning these terms will allow you to feel more confident when discussing your compressor, whether it’s during day-to-day operations or when talking to a repair person. Have any questions? Give us a call at a 3C office near you!

San Antonio: (830) 420-3630

Austin: (512) 244-9074

Corpus Christi: (361) 452-2749

What’s The Difference Between a Reciprocating Air Compressor and a Rotary Screw? Which is Best for Your Business?

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The two most common types of air compressors in our industry are rotary screw compressors and reciprocating air compressors. The differences between the two can be a bit confusing so it is understandable that we run into many business owners who are aware of their need for an air compressor but unsure which would work best for their application. Our experts are here to break down the major differences between them.

Rotary Screw air compressors should only be utilized in applications that have a constant demand of air throughout the day.  Rotary Screw compressors are meant for a high duty cycle.  They will run loaded while building your air pressure to the preset pressure programmed into the controller when ordered.  Once that pressure is achieved it will unload until your demand increases and go through the load cycle again.  Rotary Screw units will run quieter than a reciprocating unit, but do require more maintenance over the life of the machine.

Reciprocating air compressors are to be used when there is not a constant demand for air throughout the day.  They feature pistons that compress air and are considered dependable because they tend to require less maintenance, are efficient in operation, and provide sufficient air flow for intermittent usage when sized properly with an air receiver. They are very flexible in the type of applications they are suited for, however we usually only recommend reciprocating compressors for applications that require less than 60% duty cycle. 

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Rotary Screw air compressors should only be utilized in applications that have a constant demand of air throughout the day.  Rotary Screw compressors are meant for a high duty cycle.  They will run loaded while building your air pressure to the preset pressure programmed into the controller when ordered.  Once that pressure is achieved it will unload until your demand increases and go through the load cycle again.  Rotary Screw units will run quieter than a reciprocating unit, but do require more maintenance over the life of the machine.

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Reciprocating air compressors are to be used when there is not a constant demand for air throughout the day.  They feature pistons that compress air and are considered dependable because they tend to require less maintenance, are efficient in operation, and provide sufficient air flow for intermittent usage when sized properly with an air receiver. They are very flexible in the type of applications they are suited for, however we usually only recommend reciprocating compressors for applications that require less than 60% duty cycle. 

As Texas’ most trusted air compressor experts, we are always ready to help you assess your business needs and recommend the perfect air compressor solutions. Give us a call for a free quote today! 

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8 Things You Must Know When Buying an Air Compressor

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8 Things You Must Know When Buying an Air Compressor

Most people searching for an air compressor know exactly what they need the air compressor to do but have no idea what specific industry standards the air compressor should meet in order to perform at the level they desire. When shopping for an air compressor, you need to ensure that your new machine can keep up with your business. Here are the 8 things you need to consider and ask your 3C sales representative about: 

1. Electrical Requirements

An electrical schematic and electrical data sheet should be reviewed and power verified before any air compressor purchase.  You need to have the proper breaker/disconnect rated for the amperage requirements for the electric motor (motors) running your compressor.  You also need to verify the wiring that is running from your breaker/disconnect is rated for the electrical demand.  If you are moving up in compressor size due to expansion, it isn’t always as simple as removing your old machine and installing new.

2. Single Stage or Two Stage Reciprocating Air Compressors

The cylinders of a single-stage air compressor pump air directly into the tank, whereas in a two-stage air compressor, the air is pumped from one cylinder to the other before it enters the tank. The primary reason for purchasing a two-stage compressor is for high-pressure air because as the air travels from one cylinder to the next, the pressure nearly doubles.  Pressure achieved through most single-stage compressors is normally 90-130 psi.  When changing to 2 Stage, you typically need 150-250 psi.  The most common 2 Stage machine we offer at 3C has a cut in pressure of 145 psi and cut out pressure of 175 psi, with units capable of up to 250 psi.

3. Compressed Air Storage

Tank sizes are measured by the gallon but the size of the tank has nothing to do with how much air your machine will produce. If your machine has the proper motor and pump, then you should never run out of air. Tank size is of importance depending on how your machine will be used.  In peak demand times, it is important to have additional storage.  Most air compressors are offered tank mounted up to 30-50hp.  If additional storage (larger tank, or remote tank downstream at usage point) is needed please schedule a site visit with one of our representatives to discuss your needs and to size accordingly.  

4. Air Pressure (PSI)

Air pressure is rated at pounds per square inch (PSI).  Depending on your application, your PSI required can vary.  Air Tools are most commonly rated for 90 psi.  In a facility only using air tools, you can size your machine for 125 psi to account for pressure loss between your compressor and usage point.  It also doesn’t hurt to have a few extra atmospheres in storage. Just be careful on having too much PSI.  The higher the pressure, the higher the electric bill.

5. Cubic Feet Per Minute (CFM) 

This is the most common  metric used to calculate the volume of air leaving the air compressor. Keep in mind that the CFM can change based on the PSI used for the job. If it is not stated on the machine, you can estimate getting about 3-4 CFM per HP out of  your machine at 100 psi. 

6. Duty Cycle  

This is a measurement used to indicate how many minutes, out of a 10-minute period, your air compressor can run continuously. The duty cycle is usually expressed as a percentage. For example, a 50% duty cycle compressor can run for 5 out of 10 minutes continuously. Not abiding by the duty cycle recommended can have multiple effects on your investment.  If you undersize your compressor, it will cause your machine to run too often, pass oil, over heat, etc.  If you oversize your compressor, it will cause your machine to not run hot enough, condensation can form in your oil, etc.  It is important to know and understand the duty cycle because this also has a direct impact on how much you can get done on a day-to-day basis with your air compressor. A 75% duty cycle is the average for an industrial compressor, but some may run at 100%, meaning it is okay to use continuously. 

7. Desiccant Dryers and Refrigerated Dryers 

Moisture problems should be avoided at all costs! They deteriorate your equipment and cause the need for expensive repairs.  There are ways to eliminate moisture from your discharge air depending on the dewpoint that you need to achieve.  Make sure that you have the proper inline filtration paired with your dryer to ensure top performance.  Refrigerated Dryers use a cooling process to drop your air temperature causing the moisture in the air to form and be eliminated.  The air temperature is then brought back up upon leaving the dryer.  The average dew point achieved with a Refrigerated Dryer is 37-39 degrees F.  If you need to achieve a lower dew point, then you need a Desiccant Dryer.  Most desiccant dryers use activated alumina in a chemical process that absorbs moisture from the air and achieves a -40 degree dew point.  The moisture absorbed is then purged from the dryer.  You can find all the dryers we have available here. Talk to your 3C representative to find out which would pair best with your machine. 

8. Service After the Sale

Make sure that you purchase a unit that has the local support team in place after the sale to take care of your maintenance and repair needs.  All air compressors will need routine maintenance and at some point corrective maintenance.  During these periods you will have downtime.  Make sure you choose a compressor that has local support and access to the parts needed to keep downtime to an absolute minimum.  

Our experts at 3C are happy to walk you through all your air compressor options. We pride ourselves on personalizing every piece of equipment we sell to ensure you are getting the highest quality machines best suited for your business applications. Our goal is to always provide you with the greatest lifetime value and lowest lifetime cost. Once you purchase your air compressor with us, we become an extension of your business and are available to you 24/7 for repairs, maintenance, and emergency air compressor rentals. You can even finance your equipment with us! Contact us to discuss your business needs and for a free quote!

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Industry Spotlight: Is Clean And Consistent Compressed Air Exclusive To The Healthcare Industry? What It Means To Be A High-Quality Machine.

Industry Spotlight: Is Clean And Consistent Compressed Air Exclusive To The Healthcare Industry? What It Means To Be A High-Quality Machine.

Air compressors are used in many different industries, in a variety of ways. In the medical field, air compressors play a significant role in the health of patients and the cleanliness of facilities. To be labeled useful in the medical field, air compressors must submit to regulations and tests. Medical grade air compressors can also be used for many jobs outside of the medical industry. If you are purchasing an air compressor, it is important for you to understand how air compressors are deemed worthy of use in the medical field and what their codes of compliance mean.

Oil-less Air Compressors 

Medical air is used in basically every department in a hospital. Patients who need anesthesia, require a ventilator, and inhaled medications are amongst the most critical uses for compressed air in the hospital. Because we are often providing help and air to sick patients, it is very important that the air being used is completely particle-free. The most basic requirement for an air compressor in the medical industry is it must not use any oil. This requirement is the baseline for this piece of machinery to be considered for use in a hospital because it eliminates any chances of cross-contamination with oil. 

Purified Air

The NFPA 99 is a book that outlines the restrictions and standards that must be met in order for any piece of equipment to be deemed “medical grade”. Medical air compressors must comply with Table 1 of the NFPA 99 book. Table 1 identifies the concentration of purity required for medical gases. All odor, water, carbon monoxide, and gas must be monitored and non-transmittable to ill patients when using the equipment. In order to protect patients from gases and other outside contaminants, medical air compressors must use a medical-grade air filter that should be routinely changed. If optimal clean air is a priority to you when purchasing a medical air compressor, it is important that you test and maintain your compressors based on the equipment manufacturer’s recommendations. 

 

Air Pressure

According to NFPA 99 regulations, medical air produced by air compressors should have the ability to provide air pressure at 100 PSIG and should be able to lower down to 55 PSIG. This great range of pressure allow for applications ranging from minimal health risk applications to high health risk applications. If you want to prevent high air pressure in your medical air compressors you may and we recommend setting alarms to trigger when the following events occur: 

  • System pressure exceeds 39 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • Carbon monoxide level exceeds 10 PPM
  • Activation of a reserve pump
  • Motor overload 
  • Activation of a reserve transformer

Overall

Although purchasing high-quality air compressors may be expensive, it will be a great investment in the long run. As mentioned above, medical air compressors are not restricted to only medical use. They may also be used for applications such as car painting, food packaging, and much more. Medical air compressors are the most reliable source of clean and consistent compressed air. 3C recommends considering these high-quality machines if you are a user that is looking for immaculate reliability and precision.

At 3C Industrial, we value putting the needs of our customers before anything else. If you’re ready to purchase an air compressor or have any questions, please feel free to contact us today! 361-452-2749

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3C is Honored to Employ U.S. Military Veterans

3C is Honored to Employ U.S. Military Veterans

3C is a Veteran owned and operated company! We are honored to be a place of employment for other retired military men and women! Here we feature every one of them as a ‘Thank you for your service!’ Learn about each of these amazing veterans below!

Chase Stokley - Navy veteran, air compressor expert

Hi, my name is Chase Stokley!

From 2013-2017 I was in the United States Navy. I have lived in Corpus Christi, Texas my entire life. Shortly after graduating high school in 2013, I jump-started my life by going to boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois. During my career in the Navy, I became a certified AWR (Air Rescue Swimmer) and EM (Electrician's Mates). Once I completed all training, I finished out my Naval career as a reservist in my hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Life after the Navy has been great! After retiring, I decided to expand my knowledge and career with more schooling outside of the Navy as an electrician. With the support of my beautiful girlfriend Kaylen, and my kids Elijah and Emilyn, I advanced through the ranks of my career very quickly. I was a controls engineer looking for a job locally when I found 3C Industrial. Once joining the 3C crew, I rapidly became devoted to the company. I’m proud to say that everyone here is not just a friend or a co-worker, but family. Working side by side with Doug has been amazing. Seeing how much he believes in this team encourages me to do my best and push my self.

My everyday goal is to build a loving, and fulfilling life for Kaylen and my kids. As a father I always ask myself ‘What can I do better?’, and I plan to lead the rest of my life, in every aspect, with that question.

- Chase Stokley

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Hi, my name is Ryan Oldfield!

I was in the Navy from 2013-2019. Out of my 6 years in the service, 2 years were dedicated to training in Goose Creek, SC, and Ballston Spa, NY. I trained to be a Nuclear Machinist's Mate. Once I graduated from training I received orders for the John C. Stennis CVN74, an aircraft carrier stationed in Bremerton, WA. It took several years to reach my senior in rate, qualifying 8 watch stations and performing hundreds of hours of maintenance in the propulsion plant onboard the Stennis. During my time in the Navy, I was deployed twice and visited many different countries. My favorite place I visited was Singapore and even after being there twice, I would love to go again.

I got out of the Navy at the completion of my contract on an honorable discharge at the beginning of 2019. I spent many hours away from my brother, sister, mom, and my dad, but even after being out of the Navy, I moved down to Texas rather than back home to Colorado. I moved to Texas because I love it here. I am brand new to working at 3C Industrial, but I'm looking forward to learning as much as I can. I plan to develop into a great knowledgeable technician that my coworkers and our 3C customers can rely on. All in all, I want to grow as this company grows. I was grateful for the opportunity to serve my country and I am grateful to now be a part of the veteran-owned and operated company, 3C Industrial.

- Ryan Oldfield

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Hi, my name is Gary Garza!

I was lucky enough to have been born into a Navy family and I spent my life globe-hopping to different duty stations across the US. Needless to say, my service was preordained, and I was on a plane 13 days after high school graduation. The 3 guys in this photo were 2 of my best friends from Bootcamp, Larry Dale (Far Left) and Michael Trevino (Middle). That's me on the end by the desk. We spent all of Bootcamp together with 76 other recruits from the Texas All-State Company at NTC/RTC in beautiful San Diego, California. From there I went through Corps School at Balboa US Naval Hospital in San Diego. Upon graduation from Corps School in 1981, I was stationed at NAS Chase Field, Beeville Texas. While there, I was an Emergency Med Tech before enrolling as a Flight Medicine Tech and training with the VT-26 Flying Tigers. I trained for my backseat pilot’s license at NAS Corpus Christi, but sadly only got to fly a couple of times in the backseat of a T2 Buckeye before exiting the Navy in the Summer of 1983.

The people I met and the things I was able to do have made for some great memories. I am grateful for my experiences in the service. The most important things I learned in the Navy was how to respect the chain of command, the ability to adapt to any situation, and to complete any mission I set out to do. At 3C, that's what we do. As it applies to compressed air, we understand your need to have a fluid workflow free from downtime. We identify possible solutions and respect your opinions and ideas in order to implement the correct plan of action, then we customize your solution, and complete the mission. Afterward, we remain a partner to keep your operation moving free of downtime. We are not your run of the mill operation. We are the 3C Industrial Compressor Solutions Team.

- Gary Garza

Hi, my name is Daniel Romero Jr!

I served in the US Army from 2008-2011. I began my journey by doing my basic training in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. From there I went on to complete Advanced Individual Training in Edgewood, Maryland. Eventually I was station in Ft. Wainwright, Arkansas with the 25th ID, 3-21 Infantry Combat Repair Team. My deployment was spent in Normandy, Iraq. I must admit that throughout my career in the military, all my favorite moments happened during training. I enjoy being pushed to my limit, feeling a part of something greater than myself, and building an unbreakable brotherhood through it all. I enjoyed learning to be a mechanic and working on heavy machinery. I'm very proud of being a Veteran. I served my country knowing in my heart I fought for freedom in other parts of the world.
During my time at 3C I have enjoyed encountering a lot of situations I have not yet experienced and learning from them. As a mechanic turned air compressor technician, everyday I'm learning something new. I really look forward to furthering my knowledge in my field and becoming the best tech I can be. Having the drive of my wife and son pushes me to handle each day with confidence and determination to overcome all obstacles in this industry and in life. Having my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with me helps me stay strong through the long and tough days. My faith inspires me to be a good person every day. I plan to give every person I come into contact with my very best and I enjoy helping others, that is including the team we have here at 3C and all our clients.

- Daniel Romero Jr.

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Hi, my name is Doug Francis!

I served in the United States Navy from 2002 - 2006. During my time in service, I was in Great Lakes, IL for both Boot Camp and Electrician A school. After training, I took permanent orders to Ingleside, TX. While serving, I earned my qualification as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. I was also honored with the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and served during Operation Enduring Freedom / Operation Iraqi Freedom. Some of the Navy experiences I treasure most include becoming a Shellback (sailing across the equator) and being a Plankowner while commissioning the HSV-2 Swift in Hobart, Tasmania. With those experiences, I have seen so many great things across the world. I have sailed through the Panama Canal several times, Suez Canal, and past the Rock of Gibraltar, just to name a few.
Life after the Navy has also been a blessing. I am the President of 3C Industrial which I started in 2012 out of Corpus Christi, TX. I have been married to my beautiful wife Kay for nearly 9 years. I have a smart, beautiful daughter Katie. Together we share the love of our French Bulldog Goose and Cat Jax. It is my goal to be a better leader, father, and husband every day. I am very grateful for everything I have and everything I have been able to accomplish over the last 18 years. I am very proud to be able to have the camaraderie that is gained while serving in the military, extend to my life and business at 3C. We have built a solid group that works hard every day to uphold the standards and work ethic expected of a Veteran Owned Company.

- Doug Francis

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A COVID-19 Message From 3C

Hello Community,

3C has been closely monitoring the news and is saddened by the spread of the coronavirus throughout the world. We would first like to send our deepest condolences to all those affected by the virus. 

However, at 3C, we are in no state of panic. We are calm and ready to assist any client in need of our help because we understand that certain industries, such as the medical manufacturing industry, will continue to operate at full speed. We would like to assure you that you can always depend on 3C Industrial for any of your needs, 24/7. We are committed to doing our part for the communities and nation we so deeply love, always.

At 3C we are taking extra precautionary measures to ensure that we are prioritizing the health of our employees and customers. Our offices are being sanitized daily, all employees are supplied with hand sanitizer to carry with them, the staff is encouraged to stay home if they are feeling ill, and equipment is being sanitized in between jobs. You can always, but especially during this time of uncertainty, count on 3C to do what is best for our communities. That’s a 3C guarantee. We look forward and are honored to be a partner to those clients most in need.

Thank you for your support.

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