Why Your Compressor Needs Preventative Maintenance

3C Preventive maintenance blog

Air compressors are the backbone of the industrial world. They help make facilities all across the globe run smoothly and efficiently. However, air compressors are machines, and we must treat them that way. Instead of waiting around for a problem to arise, we must stay on top of our equipment. We call this preventative maintenance and at 3C, we’re big on this.

Why is Preventative Maintenance Important?

Time, efficiency, and reliability are all critical elements for any business. Preventative maintenance helps ensure that your compressor continues to hold those functions, decreasing the risk of any elements shutting down the entire production process. We can compare this to a car. We take our cars for regular, routine maintenance to keep our vehicles in tip-top shape and so they don’t crap out on us in the middle of the road. The same goes with your air compressor! The more you put into investing in preventative maintenance, the less likely it is to die on you unexpectedly.

Benefits of Preventative Maintenance

  • Cut Those High Bills: Oil leaks, old oil, or blocked filters can all make your compressor perform horribly and cut your production rate. The result of this? High energy bills from your compressor trying its best to keep up with your production line. Lower production from your compressor’s low performance. And if your compressor system hits the hay, you’ll spend more time and money for emergency repairs or purchasing a whole new compressor.
  • Avoid Safety Issues: It’s important to realize that your compressor can cause an unsafe workplace. A poorly serviced compressor may be generating excessive heat and noise, both not safe for a normal work environment. There may also be unseen issues that can lead to fire hazards and electrical shorts. The last thing you want is for your compressor system to lead to an injured employee.
  • Extend Life Expectancy: Air compressors are a big investment, so you don’t want it to die earlier than it needs to. Preventive maintenance helps you achieve a long and smooth life for your compressor system. 

Schedule Regular Maintenance Today

A regularly scheduled maintenance check is a must! It’ll help with energy bills, safety hazards and extend your equipment’s life expectancy. At 3C, our PM Coordinators keep track of all your equipment’s maintenance needs, so you never have to worry about it. Let us help with your  preventative maintenance today!

New or Used Air Compressor: Which One Is Best?

new or used air compressors?

When looking for an air compressor, you can choose between buying new or used. This decision comes after deciding the specific type of compressor you need. There are plenty of pros and cons for either option and diverse factors to your choice. We’re here to help you outline the advantages and disadvantages of a new and used compressor. 

Benefits of purchasing new air compressors

Buying new comes with many advantages. As long as the new equipment is being used often, you’ll receive the following benefits:

  • Receive the latest technology: Just like anything new, new air compressors use the latest tech to make operations run smooth. You also won’t have to worry about your compressor breaking down anytime soon. 
  • Higher efficiency: New air compressors typically use power more efficiently than a used option. New machinery rarely has leaks, clogged air filters or incorrect pressure readings, all of which impact your compressor’s efficiency. 
  • Long life span: New machinery naturally has a longer lifespan than older compressors. A brand new compressor equals a brand new start. 
  • Higher return on investment (ROI): As you decide which system will work for you, you’ll wonder which has the best ROI between used or new air compressors. You’ll get the most value from a new unit, thanks to its longer lifespan and quality components. 

Disadvantages of purchasing a new air compressor

The main disadvantage of purchasing a new air compressor is its cost. You’re going to pay more for something new compared to a used one. However, it’s an investment that will pay off in the long-term.

Benefits of Purchasing a Used Air Compressors

As with new, used air compressors have their own advantages. You’ll receive the following benefits:  

  • Lower Up-Front Cost: The most appealing benefit of buying used equipment is the lower price. Sometimes you can even buy multiple used air compressors for the same price you could get for one new air compressor. 
  • No Initial depreciation: Just like a new car, once a brand new air compressor is bought it’s value depreciates immediately. That problem doesn’t exist when you have used compressors. 
  • Quality Refurbishments: You might find yourself with a high-quality refurbished machine. Components may be new which would give you a more efficient and long-lasting system. If you’re not sure if the used air compressor has refurbished parts, take the time to check out the specs. You might find yourself with a great deal. 

Disadvantages of Purchasing a Used Air Compressor

When it comes to used compressors, a lot of the time you get what you paid for. 

There is also a lack of the latest technology, unknown lifespan, and few warranty options, which all provide their own value. 

Decided?

Have you decided which air compressor is right for you? If you’re looking for new compressors contact us today and let us help you figure out your best options!

Does Your Compressor Need an Upgrade?

upgrade your air compressor

Are you doing corrective maintenance more and more every quarter? Are you shouting when chatting near your compressor? Do these scenarios sound familiar? These are all telltale signs that  it may be time to replace your air compressor.

Are you exceeding repairs?

A good rule of thumb most of our customers  follow on repairs is to not exceed 50-60% of the cost of a new compressor. Main air compressor parts can cost an arm and a leg to replace, such as a new motor or an airend element. With replacing and adding new parts, you will most likely be paying for labor as well, making replacements expensive on their own. If your list of repairs starts growing, it may be a sign it’s time for something new. 

Are you using too much energy?

Changing parts can be costly, but a big electricity bill can be even scarier. As air compressors get to the end of their life, it’s common for them to need to run longer and more frequently. Less high-tech compressors consume more energy and can cause a significant headache every month when you see your bill. If your air compressor is using too much energy, it’s probably time to upgrade. 

So, have you decided? 

If you’re still unsure about whether it’s worth it or not to replace your older compressors, 3C can help you evaluate!  It is always better to add a new compressor while your old one can still be used.  That way you now have redundancy and can keep your old machine for an emergency back up.   We’re here to help with all corrective maintenance, preventive maintenance or compressor sales. And if you’ve made the decision to upgrade your air compressor, you can shop our catalog today!

Everything You Need to Know About Compressed Air Piping

Compressed Air Piping

Traditional air piping is not always the most effective or efficient way to maintain your business. On top of that, you’ll also find your energy prices could be increasing. This where compressed air piping comes in.

What is Compressed Air Piping?

The purpose of an air piping system is to deliver compressed air to where it’s needed most. Sounds simple, but it’s easier said than done. The compressed air has to be delivered in sufficient volume, with good enough quality and enough pressure to power the application. If not done well, the pipes will not give sufficient air and may drive up your energy bill. Properly connected compressed air piping allows this flow to go through the cycle efficiently and effectively. 

Piping Layout Counts

You may already have a system set up, but is it in the right place? Layout matters when it comes to utilizing your piping system, especially the connectors. When the connectors are not properly placed, this can cause leaks; and little leaks cause big headaches. 

If the piping has sharp corners, then you may not be getting all the air that you need, or that you are paying for. If piping is in a more humid part of the building, this can cause erosion and rust, which clogs your pipes. Any obstructions to the piping are also a no-no. Just like your AC unit needs space to breathe, so do your pipes.

Pipe Sizing is Not Always the Same

Your pipe size is determined by that maximum air velocity of 19 ft/s in the main supply line. Most often, the piping is sized to the same diameter as the connection on the compressor outlet. This is not always the best case. Having the same diameter size can lead to excessive pressure loss and affect the efficiency of the compressor. 

Compressed Air Piping is Energy-efficient

Unlike traditional piping, compressed air piping is one of the most energy-efficient methodologies that offers an affordable, beneficial, and easily maintainable solution to your business. Traditional Piping is not known for its energy efficiency. This is due to the considerable leakages and loss of power that happens more frequently with these pipes, which are made of steel or copper, which makes it more difficult to trace and repair.

Time for Some Change

At 3C, we offer the best quality air piping solutions that will work for your business and reduce energy costs 30-50% within the first year. Don’t wait until that inevitable leak happens or that high bill comes through. We’ll make sure to work with you and help you get the best piping you can get!

Air Compressor Preventive Maintenance – What All Does it Entail?

Air Compressor Preventive Maintenance

Preventive Maintenance is an essential part of keeping your air compressor running at optimal levels. Although PM can seem costly if you aren’t used to regularly servicing your compressor, the biggest expense you face is downtime should your equipment fail. What exactly is included in a PM service? 

There are two intervals at which you should get your compressor serviced: quarterly and annually. Read below for a breakdown of what happens at each:

Quarterly

  • Change Air and Oil Filters: regular maintenance of filtration improves oil quality to ensure extended life of your air compressor.

  • Perform In-depth Multi-point Checklist – a full inspection of the equipment. Check for things such as exposed wires and loose fittings. We bring recommended corrective maintenance to the forefront and inform the customer of any needed repairs.
  • Blowout Coolers – without proper airflow across air and oil coolers, there can be a negative impact on the operating air temperature. Increased air temperature can lead to breakdown of oil and possible machinery failure due to high-temp shutdown. Failure = downtime.
  • Oil Samples – as needed per manufacturer warranty requirements.
  • Clean Compressor Area – ensure the compressor region is free of debris that can get sucked into the air intake filter.

Annually

  • All services included in Quarterly Preventive Maintenance.
  • Change Compressor Oil – people think they can run their compressors for a certain length of time based on oil type (i.e. an 8,000 hourr oil can run for four years if using 2,000 hours/year). While this is true if the equipment is running at perfect factory settings, such as 0% humidity, 70° ambient temp, most compressors are typically housed outdoors under awnings. Although they are protected from the elements, they aren’t protected from Texas temperatures.
  • Change air oil separator – help prevent oil carryover problems.

At 3C Industrial it is our goal to help save you significant time and resources by taking proactive measures to ensure your equipment is taken care of. Keep your air compressors running smoothly with Preventive Maintenance. Invest in protecting your equipment and your business from downtime. Schedule your PM today.

What’s The Difference Between a Reciprocating Air Compressor and a Rotary Screw?

rotary screw vs. reciprocating air compressor

rotary screw compressor texas

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 run quieter than a reciprocating unit, but do require more maintenance over the life of the machine.

piston air compressor texas

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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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

air compressor veteran spotlight

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

navy veterans

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.

veteran

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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