Properly preparing for the installation of a compressed air system is crucial for your business. The compressed air experts at leading industrial equipment company Atlas Copco, a company that has specialised in compressed air products and solutions for many years, have a virtually limitless supply of useful information when it comes to ensuring their customers get the most out of their compressor.
The first rule, according to General Manager at Atlas Copco New Zealand Yuri Reijmer, is to arrange a central plant or area for the compressor. Ensuring the compressor sits in the centre allows the user to maximise the operating economy, and to make ventilation, routing and discharges easier to direct. A separate area for the compressor itself is also ideal for noise control and ensuring only authorised users can access it.
“The compressed air plant should be installed to facilitate distribution system routing in large installations with long piping,” Yuri explains.
“Service and maintenance can be facilitated by installing the compressed air plant near auxiliary equipment such as pumps and fans; even a location close to the boiler room may be beneficial.”
Installing a compressor indoors is preferable if at all possible, but still necessitates taking overheating, accessibility and possibly hazardous nearby substances into account. However, and indoor installation is ideal for energy recovery, as temperature control is far easier. Outside installations require protection from the elements, as rain and snow can potentially enter the intake opening.
Proper lifting equipment is also essential, as parts such as the electric motor are weighty and must be handled properly. A forklift truck is ideal for these tasks, meaning the building must have ample space for such equipment in addition to clearance height for any hoisting that may be required.
Last, proper ventilation must be allowed for indoor compressors, to ensure temperature regulation and reduction of wasted energy.
“Heat in the compressor room is generated from all compressors. The heat must be removed to maintain the temperature in the compressor room at an acceptable level,” Yuri says.
“The quantity of ventilation air is determined by the size of the compressor and whether it is air- or water-cooled. The ventilation air for air-cooled compressors contains close to 100% of the energy consumed by the electric motor in the form of heat. The ventilation air for water-cooled compressors contains some 10% of the energy consumed by the electric motor.”
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About Atlas Copco:
Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Atlas Copco provides efficient and innovative industrial equipment, with over 40,000 employees and customers in over 180 countries. With a vision of “First in Mind, First in Choice,” Atlas Copco have become internationally renowned for the safety, sustainability and durability of the many different solutions and innovations they provide. With a wide range of top-quality equipment available, including air compressors, air blowers and dryers, nitrogen generators, vacuum pumps, power tools, and more, Atlas Copco can also provide regular upgrades, maintenance, servicing and parts supply at a location near you.
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