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COMPRESSED AIR

Help Your Air
Compressors
Beat the Heat

Ventilation
Sufficient and temperate airflow is crucial
to compressor performance. During the
sweltering months of summer, confirm
there is nothing prohibiting air from
flowing freely around the unit and that
the recommended ambient temperature
is maintained. Repair loose foam or
panels and remove any obstructions in or
around the unit.
Oil
A compressor's oil isn't protected from the
consequences of hot weather. Sweltering
heat can decrease oil life expectancy,
leading to damaging repercussions on
the unit's element. Using the correct oil
(replaced at proper intervals, of course),
and keeping oil filters clean will help
ensure that your compressors run cool
and consume less energy.
Coolers
Inspect the quality of compressor coolers.
Clogged or blocked coolers can cause
an air compressor to overheat. Be sure
to examine the cooling fan for dust and
residue that can prevent it from working
properly. A neglected cooler may become
blocked, requiring removal for a deeper
cleaning.

Special summertime attention to several maintenance items can help keep compressed
air systems up and running efficiently despite increased heat and humidity.

SUMMERTIME: The word conjures up images of relaxing on a beach
with peaceful waves lapping at the shore. Most people equate summer with
some degree of fun in the sun. For facility mangers, though, it can be a
stressful time, given the unscheduled "vacations" that air compressors like
to take during summer months and an associated rise in maintenance and
energy costs.
With often-extreme temperatures and substantial increases in humidity,
summertime presents textbook conditions for unexpected compressor
shutdowns. Failure of this equipment can result in high repair costs and,
more important, a disruption in production schedules that can lead to
more costs and, ultimately, less revenue.
What can your operations do to battle the effect of summer on these
systems? Beth Morgan of Atlas Copco Compressors (atlascopco.com, Rock
Hill, SC) points to the following items that deserve special attention in
terms of summer maintenance.

-Jane Alexander, Managing Editor

Drains
Summer's humidity can lead to greater
levels of condensate from a compressor
than what you would see in cooler
months. Make sure drains are working
properly and capable of handling the
extra water. Confirm that the condensate
is filtered properly to prevent oil from
being released into the drain.
Filters
When air filters become dirty, airflow
is inhibited. If that happens, the
compressor must compensate for the
drops in pressure, which leads to higher
running temperatures. Oil filters are
another matter. Oil quality deteriorates
at higher temperatures, leaving behind
greater deposits in the filter. Be sure to
replace your units' air and oil filters at the
beginning of summer. Your compressor
systems will run cooler, and use less
energy with clean filters. MT

Beth Morgan is a manager with the Compressor Technique Service (CTS) division of Atlas Copco Compressors LLC, Rock
Hill, SC. For more information, visit atlascopco.com
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology June 2017

Editorial
Uptime
On The Floor
IIoT
ISO 55000
Products
Ad Index
Showcase
Final Thought
AZ Puts Proactive in Reliability
Glimpse The Future of Predictive Maintenance
Automation-System Updates
MRO: Counterfeit Parts
MRO: Reduce Your Lube Inventory
MRO: Optimize Belt Conveyor Systems
Manage Used and Waste Oils Wisely
Motor Insulation Test Payback
SAP: Tips and Tricks
Cool Off Compressors
Be A Safety Leader
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Cover2
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Editorial
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Uptime
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - On The Floor
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - AZ Puts Proactive in Reliability
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Glimpse The Future of Predictive Maintenance
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Automation-System Updates
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - MRO: Counterfeit Parts
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - MRO: Reduce Your Lube Inventory
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - MRO: Optimize Belt Conveyor Systems
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - SAP: Tips and Tricks
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Be A Safety Leader
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - IIoT
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - ISO 55000
Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Manage Used and Waste Oils Wisely
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Motor Insulation Test Payback
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Ad Index
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Maintenance Technology June 2017 - Final Thought
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