2 minute read • published in partnership with Atlas Copco
Insight: Compressor wellbeing & increasing factory productivity
Advanced technology has allowed compressors to play an increasingly integrated role in industrial productivity. This is because compressors have progressed from basic workhorse concepts to sophisticated, plug and play solutions, which are designed from the outset to deliver peak performance while being capable of achieving outstanding savings in energy costs. Atlas Copco looks at 5 tips to ensure your compressor’s wellbeing.
We all know that successful businesses have happy, healthy employees. But did you know that air compressors can also benefit from wellbeing initiatives, which in turn will help increase your factory’s productivity?
To get the best return on your capital investment, it is essential to keep compressed air systems in peak operating condition. This is because many industrial environments are totally reliant upon a 24/7 sustained supply of compressed air to ensure uninterrupted manufacturing process output. For this reason, maintaining and managing your compressors is vitally essential if peak performance, improved productivity and optimum energy efficiency is to be achieved − and costly downtime or breakdown is to be avoided.
Amongst all the talk about health and wellness at work, don’t let your compressor feel left out. Treat it to a simple health check, and follow these 5 steps, to ensure it will reward you with optimal performance and lower energy consumption.
1 – Healthy compressor oils & lubricants
The optimal operation of a compressor is dependent upon lubricants to reduce wear and to seal, cool and clean. It is vital to change oil as per the maintenance schedule, and to ensure that the additive balance is exactly right for the specific compressor range. Non-specific substitutes are likely to cause problems such as poor lubrication, halved lifetime of all moving parts, and sludge formation. Regularly give your compressor the most nutritious oils to support its vital functions.
2 – Optimal running through service
There is no quick fix for keeping your air compressor installation at its peak performance. You have to start early, make a long-term plan, stick to it, and invest time and effort to get the best results in terms of increased uptime and decreased running costs. Service engineers should follow the maintenance recommendations of the original equipment manufacturer, whichever brand it is. Look after your compressed air equipment and invest in its uptime with tailored service options to suit your needs.
3 – Compressor overhaul
Not the right time to consider a replacement compressor? A genuine replacement element, motor or converter can rejuvenate your compressor at a fraction of the cost of buying a whole new machine. An overhaul maximises the efficiency and performance of a tired compressor and reduces, or even avoids, the risk of a breakdown. Restore your compressor’s smile with an overhaul.
4 – Original spare parts
The impact on compressor performance from fitting non-genuine components is hard to ignore. It can lead to higher energy consumption and lower compressor output. The simple truth is that only using original spare parts can deliver the compressor’s designed performance and efficiency, guaranteeing long equipment life. Feed your compressor the best quality spare parts, regardless of which brand it is, to keep it in top health.
5 – Total responsibility service
With a total responsibility service plan, experienced engineers take care of all your compressor maintenance and upgrades. They proactively repair to prevent any problems and ensure reliability between visits. Let your compressor relax in the knowledge that all risk is covered, for an all-inclusive price.