20 November 2020
Think of your favorite piece of technology, whether it is a car, a phone, a TV or maybe even a piece of machinery at work. Now imagine it breaking down all the time and requiring costly repairs … would it still be your favorite?
Probably not. So, clearly, reliability is an important factor in the technology we use, it’s just not something we think about a lot – at least not as long as our gadgets are working. In fact, the more dependable a piece of equipment is, the less we think about its dependability. It is only when our car doesn’t start anymore or the screen of our phone freezes all the time that we realize how precious that reliability is.
In the world of compressed air, that is especially true for variable speed drive (VSD) compressors. They offer tremendous benefits over fixed-speed compressors. The latter are fairly simple pieces of machinery. You flip a switch and they compress air at full speed – regardless of whether that much power is needed. Obviously, that can be very wasteful.
VSD compressors, however, are much more sophisticated. By adjusting their speed to the compressed air demand, they can save companies a lot of money over their lifetime.
If they are running.
If not, they are a source of great frustration. Any breakdown can result in costly downtimes, expensive repairs and, needless to say, no compressed air.