Effects of lacking maintenance services on compressed air installation

Compressed air installation is made up of different types of machines and a piping system. Maintaining all different components is mandatory to ensure the right performance. Being aware of the steps to take is the first way to benefit from maintenance.

In this article, you will learn about:

Maintaining more than one compressor

A compressed air installation can require more than one compressor, equipped with different technologies. Possible disruptions or malfunctions on one compressor can have effects on the other machines. When a component has rust or is ruined, the compressor must work more to achieve the same performance. The same way, if one compressor doesn’t work properly, the others must work more. The risk to ruin, break and shorten the life-cycle of the other compressors increases.

Applying to the right maintenance service at the right time makes the entire compressors’ installation working properly. Thanks to maintenance services, the compressors will last longer and you can avoid sudden unwanted surprises. 

How to balance maintenance across compressors

Each compressor can have its own maintenance schedule and activities to follow. However, applying to maintenance activities at the same moment can be more advantageous in terms of time and efficiency. Applying maintenance on different days causes a drop in the compressor room’s performance for more days as well as a rise in the other compressors’ workload and energy bill costs.

Our controller EControl6 is able to organise the maintenance activities in one day only, keeping the performance at a high level and reducing losses and costs on bills.

Maintenance services for air piping system

A full air compressor installation is composed of a piping system, which transports the compressed air to the production machines. The piping system is designed according to specific needs, to provide compressed air at the right pressure (FAD).

Checking the compressed air pressure

checking air pressure

A decrease in pressure can lead to various problems: production machines receive inadequate compressed air, which diminishes their efficiency. As a result, compressors have to exert more effort to maintain the same Free Air Delivery (FAD), increasing the likelihood of malfunctions and damage to internal parts.

Drops in pressure are generally caused by air losses. Damaged valves, slackened blots and joints, and holes decrease the compressed air’s pressure considerably. Air losses can be half of the compressed air produced, rising energy consumption.

Regular maintenance of the piping systems ensures consistent pressure and helps in detecting potential leaks or punctures. Technicians meticulously inspect the entire piping network to ensure that any issues are promptly addressed. Proper upkeep of compressed air pipes can lead to substantial cost savings.

Avoiding dirty pipes

Compressors inlet and pressurize ambient air, which can contain impurities. If filtration systems do not work properly, dust and pollutions can get your piping system dirty. Pipes size narrows and less space is left for air. Pressure can drop and the amount of air to the production machines lowers.

If not cleaned, impurities can lead the compressor to work more, increasing the risk of sudden breakdowns, and can cause holes and rusty. In the worst scenario, they get in touch with the final product, lowering its quality.

Dirty pipes can increase consumption and significantly decrease the air compressor system’s performance at the same time. Take action and avoid these inconveniencies is beneficial to your company’s image, your energy bills and your annual budget.

Rely to the expert

Technicians are kept training on each type of compressors: they are able to recognise possible damages or technical malfunctions before they turn into a concrete and costly issue. They can support you with a proper maintenance plan and take concrete action before your unique solution is changing the compressor.