There are two truths about air compressors.  One: you probably can’t operate your facility without it, and two: it generates heat.  A lot of it. Heat is the mortal enemy of an air compressor and it must be dealt with or it can cause plenty of problems- from reliability to performance and heat can even […]

You can buy the latest and greatest thing but if you don’t use it properly, it might as well be a doorstop. The same is true of air compressors- the best units, filters, tanks and dryers won’t do you any good if you don’t install them properly.  Proper installation of your air compressor system makes […]

As we prepare to mark this country’s 241st birthday, let’s take a short look at the role compressed air played in the growth and development of the United States. Compressed air drills were used in US mines as early as the 1870’s, providing power for the drills that broke up large walls of coal into […]

When we say we’ve seen everything, we’re not exaggerating by much- and when we say we can handle just about anything clients throw at us- that’s no exaggeration. For example- a client who builds equipment that functions at landfills and manages the natural gas created there- sends that equipment off to dumps across the United […]

Any machine with moving parts, whether it’s an air compressor or your family car, needs oil.  Oil keeps moving metal parts from tearing themselves apart when they make contact with other metal parts.  Oil gets dirty and needs to be changed, but the requirements for changing your oil keep changing.    It used to be […]

Of all the “qualities” of compressed air, Instrument Quality Air may be the most complicated to produce.  It can also be pricey.             Instrument Quality air is necessary in chemical and pharmaceutical facilities, and plants in the power industry.  It requires air cooled to -40 degrees F, an oil-free compressor and an impressive filtration system. […]

With temperatures coming up, it’s time to consider moisture in your air compressor system and when you might have the most water trouble. It’s all about the dew point. Meteorologists pay a lot of attention to dew point, and if you own an air compressor system and rely on it to keep your operation running […]

Oil and water.  They don’t mix but they do have something in common. Both can cause headaches if they get into your air compressor system. We’ve been over this a lot- air compressors can generate water in certain conditions like high humidity and warm environments. Rotary screw compressors mix oil with the intake air to […]

With Spring almost here (and in some parts of the country it’s already getting very warm- hello Arizona!) it’s time to talk about spring cleaning and making your air compressor ready for the Summer heat! Spring is when we like to do our yearly maintenance and this allows us to ensure our compressors are ready […]

Machines can talk to us, if we listen. Certainly, computers have made it easier for them to communicate, but they can physically let us know what’s happening with them as well. If an air compressor is running just fine you’ll know it by the way it sounds, the way it looks, even the way it […]