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Keeping Your Compressor Safe from Lubricant Breakdown

How To Prevent Oil From Destroying Your Rotary Screw Compressor and Avoid Spending too Much Money in the Process Protecting yourself from these problems is EASY with a good Oil Analysis Program. One Of Your Compressor’s Biggest Enemies Is Acid Build-up In Its Lubricant. The inside of a rotary screw air compressor is a tough place for oil to remain stable. It’s one of the few mechanical environments where oxygen, heat and moisture are continuously combined. In order to withstand

Compressors , Maintenance
Feb 2, 2015

Seven Tips To Cut Wastewater Aeration Energy Costs With Thermal Mass Flow Meters

Figure 1. FCI ST100 Thermal Flow Meter at WWT Plant One of the biggest expenses in wastewater treatment operations is the cost of energy to run the blowers and compressors that produce air for the aeration basins. The figures most often cited are that 40 to 50 percent of a wastewater plant’s total energy usage can be attributed to the aeration process. By measuring the system’s air flows with accurate, repeatable air flow meters, the aeration process can be better

Energy Savings
Feb 2, 2015

Truth, Lies and Compressor Parts

    Here are some statements compressor dealers use to justify their high prices. Defend yourself with THE TRUTH. Compressor Dealer Says: “Our lubricant is patented, so it cannot be duplicated.” YOUR RESPONSE: “A patented formulation is not a superior formulation just because it is patented. The patented difference in formulation may be the color of the lubricant. ”Tell the dealer you want to conduct a functional comparison with AIR ENGINEERING’s High Performance Lubricant. That comparison will measure electrical amp draw and pressure

Accessories , Compressors
Jul 27, 2014

Troubleshooting Air Compressor Systems

Air compressors are important pieces equipment, but sometimes they experience some sort of failure. We’ve prepared this guide to some of the most common issues encountered with industrial air compressors. Use this guide to troubleshoot your air compressor so you can minimize downtime and get your system back up and running. Symptom: Frequent air/oil separator plug-up/collapse  Cause Correction Wrong type of lubricant in compressor. Review and analyze lubricant. Replace with correct lubricant. Ingestion of chemically active gases. Inspect and replace

Compressors , Maintenance
Jun 30, 2014

How to: Change From Silicone Based Compressor Oils to Synthetic Lubricant for Rotary Compressors

Silicone oils don’t mix well with anything else, so it requires you to get as much of out of the air compressor as possible. A little extra effort will pay off. This includes draining as much of previously used lubricant as is practical: for example, disconnecting and draining any hoses. In all cases, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and incorporate the following steps for additional cleaning: System should be warm when initiating coolant change procedure. Confirm that all pressure is relieved

Compressors , How To , Maintenance
May 31, 2014

Air/Oil Separator Failures caused by Minimum Pressure Check Valve Failures

The failure of a minimum pressure check valve in a lubricated rotary screw compressor can cause the following problems: If it fails to open properly on start-up: The minimum pressure check valve is designed to start opening at approximately 35 PSIG in the air/oil sump. As the pressure builds, the valve should be completely open at approximately 70 PSIG. If it is varnished and sticks completely closed until the pressure in the air/oil sump reaches 75 to 100 PSIG, it

Compressors , Maintenance
May 7, 2014