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Get in a Routine
As with exercise, a regular, systematic and well-documented
compressor maintenance routine is the starting point to success.
The use of manufacturer-supplied inspection and maintenance
documents make it easy to begin. If you can get and keep a
routine, bottom-line savings will result. And, this
documentation will help ensure compliance with conditions for
any extended warranty you may have on the equipment.
Consider a Service Agreement
If maintenance time and personnel are lean, outsource
compressor maintenance to your local air compressor distributor.
The money spent here will be repaid in reduced downtime, lower
repair costs and electrical savings. Top flight distributors
have factory trained technicians ready to handle the basics
while also identifying significant savings opportunities in the
Set a baseline or benchmark of key
Benchmarking is an excellent way to identify if a system is
being well-maintained and is operating properly. To benchmark,
your system measurements, record power, pressure, flow and
temperature at a given point and then track these measurements
over time. When power use increases for a given flow and
pressure, the system efficiency is on a downhill. Attending to
key maintenance issues will save you money and provide a better
end product to your customer.
Find all filters
Many customers have a variety of pre and after-filters in a
system that goes unnoticed and under-serviced. The result is
dirty filter elements that restrict compressed air flow and
increase your energy costs. This also leads to increased
contamination downstream. Both consequences are quite costly.
Do maintenance right
Proper maintenance preserves efficiency, enhances reliability
and lengthens the service life of the equipment. Postponing or
neglecting routine maintenance is an unwise and costly practice.
Train maintenance technicians on routine compressor, filter
and drain checks.
“The benefits of good maintenance far outweigh the costs and
efforts involved. Good maintenance can save time, reduce
operating costs, and improve plant manufacturing efficiency and
product quality.” Hank von Ormer.