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!

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!