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Everything you need to know about our certified Class 0 ZR/ZT air compressor
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Everything you need to know about our certified Class 0 ZR/ZT air compressor
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ZR/ZT oil-free air compressors for all your applications

Everything you need to know about our certified Class 0 ZR/ZT air compressor
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Everything you need to know about our certified Class 0 ZR/ZT air compressor
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ZR/ZT oil-free air compressors for all your applications

Everything you need to know about our certified Class 0 ZR/ZT air compressor
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Everything you need to know about our certified Class 0 ZR/ZT air compressor
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Everything you need to know about our certified Class 0 ZR/ZT air compressor
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How to extend the life of your compressor?

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Now that users have their hands on the screw compressor, also known as the fourth utility, care and maintenance should be their future focus areas to ensure the investment has a long and fruitful life time. It is recommended that compressor maintenance be performed regularly according to a basic timetable or by checking in the ability to run on a regular basis. The latter strategy is more feasible, but it necessitates more consistent and efficient servicing metrics. Fortunately, the most recent compressor controls include troubleshooting screening tests and other security measures to make the process more user-friendly.

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Five areas that require ongoing maintenance.

Here are five areas that require ongoing maintenance to extend the life of the compressor: Motors, Lubricants, Airends, Filters, and Drive train. 

 

Airends

Polluted air and fuel additives commonly cause damage to Airends and their bearings. Excessive heat is another factor that hastens their destruction. It is recommended that users inspect their systems regularly for unusual noises and oscillations. If something goes wrong, the detectors must be sensitive enough to detect it and sound an alarm. To prevent high-cost and forced shutdowns, many industrial manufacturers suggest overhauling Airends at running hours ranging from 50,000 to 60,000.

 

Motor

Motors bearings must always be greased with the appropriate quantity and nature of lubricant. Most professionals recommend replacing bearings on a semi-regular basis and periodically checking the amperage pull to ensure that the engine is not overloaded. Providing adequate airways and maintaining an optimal temperature in the compressor's room extends the motor's overall life.

 

Drive trains

The above systems should be held positioned because the placement and angle of their frame or assembly determine whether or not the coupling is damaged. Gears must also be properly lubricated at all times to avoid metal to metal contact. When in doubt, inspect and adjust the tension on the V-belt drive systems every 500 hours or so. It is always preferable to replace worn or stretched belts at the first sign of wear and tear.

 

Lubricants

It is always safer to drain all existing lubricants before refilling the air compressor to maximize service life. It is best to change the oil according to the schedule established by the plant or manufacturer for the proposal. Routine oil sampling is also recommended to help boost lubricant lifetime. Using lubricants that are not particularly created for a specific compressor model is a rookie mistake that will shorten the life of the air compressor.

 

Filters

These are critical in preventing compressor fatigue and destroying compressors. Sound filtration is less expensive in the long run than fixing broken gears or air ends. Examine and consider replacing air inlet filters regularly, at least every 2000 hours. This schedule reduces component blockage and airend wear, increasing the functional efficiency of the air compressor. According to best practices, oil filters should be changed, and strainers kept clean every 1000 hours.

Other care tips to remember

Rust control

Whenever an air compressor pulls in air, its air/oil separator separates moisture from the air and stores it in the bottom of the receiver. If moisture is allowed to accumulate in the receiver for an extended period, it could generate rust and, as a result, destruction to the air compressor. It is always recommended to empty the receiver and dab out the moisture from the air compressor before every use so that fluid does not collect and the air compressor runs smoothly.

 

Basic troubleshooting

Do not discard the operating manual that came with the air compressor; it is the first thing users should read if something goes wrong. Take the time to read and fully comprehend how the specific air compressor operates, including the best ways to maintain its components to ensure that it always runs smoothly. Users can also contact Atlas Copco directly for air compressor maintenance advice.

 

Keep it clean

The air temperature inside the compressor rises due to corroded or blocked compressor cooler surfaces. This increase influences the output of the air compressor but not the overall energy input. This additional per unit energy outcome showed the highest temperature of the air discharged. This temperature must be reduced for the cooler and dryer to function properly. Otherwise as a result, less compressed air is used, and more energy is produced.

We hope this article helped you gain a better understanding on how to increase your air compressor’s efficiency and lifespan.

How to extend the life of your compressor?

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