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Compressed air considerations for food industry applications

FOOD PROCESSING & PACKAGING


Most of Australia’s food processing and packaging industries rely on compressed air to provide power for production demands which vary greatly from industry type to seasonal variations. The selection of the right air compressor and system to match such needs is critical, not only for maximum productivity but to minimise the impact of rising energy costs.

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Compressed air audit reveals potential savings in excess of $300,000

 

Many industries around the world are waking up to the potential for savings in compressed air generation costs.

While compressed air generation is vital throughout the world to power production in major industries, it has become a constantly increasing cost factor due to rising energy prices. This is of particular concern for Australian industry dependent on keeping expense down to remain competitive.

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Custom KHE Compressors go to sea

Salmon farm relies on Southern Cross Compressors

On a recent holiday tour of the Apple Isle, I was fortunate enough to mix business with pleasure by visiting Huon Aquaculture’s salmon farming facilities at Hideaway Bay on Tasmania’s South east coast.

I wanted to see how the company had utilised a series of air compressors in their operations. These compressors were from Southern Cross Compressors Australia Pty Ltd, a client company of mine and I was to write a short piece on their use by Huon.

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Want to save energy? Two-stage air compressor technology

Southern Cross CEO, Mark Ferguson: “If Australian industry really wants to get serious about saving energy then it needs to take a close look at ‘two-stage’, air compressor technology. As energy costs continue to outstrip other business input expenses it is critical, more than ever before, to find new ways to save power. Two-stage compressors may just be one of the answers.”

“Many customers get fixated with the capital cost of an air compressor and whilst those that want to save energy costs, will look a little deeper and review service costs, very few understand the long-term total operating cost of compressed air,” says Ferguson. “The largest cost related to producing compressed air is in energy, and this typically represents the highest energy usage in the plant. With continuously rising energy costs it’s an area in which businesses can readily address to achieve substantial potential savings,” he adds. “Two-stage compressors really are low hanging fruit”.

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We are expanding! Kaishan Group launches global expansion

As China’s number one air compressor company boasting four large production facilities throughout the country, Kaishan produces more than 30,000 rotary screw compressors and 250,000 reciprocating compressors annually for application and installation throughout the world.

Kashan’s entry into the global market was launched through the acquisition of Southern Cross Compressors Australia in 2012. Southern Cross has operated successfully in the local market for over 30 years and now offers the Australian market a greatly expanded range of quality air compressors (from 3 to 6000kW power) backed by an experienced sales and technical services team.

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Compressed Air… is it a sustainable power source for industry?

With the rapidly rising cost of electricity, the answer to this headline question is complicated, with many variables affecting the real efficiencies relating to cost versus application.Most industries in Australia and throughout the world rely on compressed air as a major source of energy to operate equipment such as pneumatic controls, air tools, pumps, valve actuators, pistons and large-scale processes. Compressed air is used because it is a clean, safe and convenient energy source, but compressed air is also an expensive energy source. In fact, approximately 10% of the electricity supplied to Australian industry is used to compress air.

The continued effectiveness of compressed air as an industrial power source lies in today’s technological advances in compressor design, control methods, reticulation design and the maintenance of systems to ensure optimum operational effectiveness.

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Compressed air leaks may be costing you money

save energy air compressors industrialCompressed air leakage is costing Australian industry millions of dollars every week with many systems wasting up to 50% of the air they generate.

We know that generating compressed air to operate your industry is costly in terms of energy usage, maintenance and down time and yet all these costs can be dramatically reduced by simply detecting leaks and fixing them!

At Southern Cross, we specialise in the detection and repair of compressed air leaks in all types of systems. Call now for a free leak assessment and save money. National sales and service 1300 098 901

 

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You could save thousands on your energy bills

It will cost you nothing to find out!

More and more companies are discovering that they are wasting many thousands of dollars every year in energy costs though inefficiencies in their compressed air systems.

Air leaks, incorrect settings, receiver and dryer inadequacies, blocked filters, poor maintenance practices and often wrongly specified equipment for the demand can add massive costs to your business.

Using state of the art detection equipment, our qualified technicians can find all the inefficiencies in your C.A. system and fix them.

With our vast experience, Southern Cross Compressors can assess, repair and service all types and brands of compressed air systems.

We also make and install a wide range of compressors and ancillary equipment to suit every application.

Call now – the potential savings may surprise you.

National sales and service 1300 098 901

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Air Compressor Health Tips

Get the most out of your compressor with these helpful air compressor health tips

With these air compressor health tips, the correct compressor system for your needs and a good maintenance program, you will be able to extend the life of your compressor, reduce running costs and increase efficiency.

Daily system checks

Is your compressor system part of your daily inspection checklist? We highly recommend that following daily checks are conducted and recorded every day:

  • Oil levels?
  • Any oil leaks?
  • Is there too much incoming voltage?
  • Does the control line filter need draining?
  • Are there any unusual noises or vibrations?
  • Are the gauges and indicators in normal operation?

Gauges and indicators can help you spot air leaks and monitor temperatures. The differentials across your compressor filter to check for air pressure (usually measured in PSI).

Overheating is a common problem with air compressors that have not been regularly checked and maintained. Ensure that your air compressor is kept in a well-ventilated area so that it can breathe and cool down, especially when the weather heats up in summer.

If the compressor system appears to be vibrating too much or making more noise than usual, ask us to take a proper reading.

Weekly system checks

  • Is the safety valve working?
  • Do the air receivers need draining?
  • Is the moisture separator draining?
  • Does water need to be drained out of the oil?

Monthly system checks

  • Clean the after-cooler and oil cooler
  • Wipe down the entire air compressor unit (dust increases chances of overheating)
  • Air filter service (sooner if the compressor is operating in extremely dusty or dirty conditions)

Quarterly system checks

  • Change the oil filter
  • Check the full load amps
  • Change the petroleum oil
  • Scan the compressor unit for loose bolts and re-tighten
  • Have an oil sample taken (we can test the sample to see if the oil needs to be changed)

Yearly system checks

  • Lubricate the motors
  • Check the safety shut-down system
  • Change the air filter every 2,000 hours
  • Change the oil separator every 4,000 – 8,000 hours

Your air compressor health in our safe hands

Our approach to compressed air maintenance will help to:

  • Increase the life expectancy of your air compressor asset
  • Prevent air compressor breakdown and subsequent business loss
  • Ensure that your air compressor system meets your needs at every cycle of your operations
  • Give you peace of mind knowing that we are reducing your energy costs by ensuring that your compressor is running efficiently

See more about our air compressor service, repair and maintenance here. For a limited time, we are offering a free air audit and quote, so contact us today!

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Winery Energy Saving Tips: Minimise Your Environmental Footprint

Winery energy saving. How much money will you save with a properly configured air compressor system?

Taylors case study

Taylors Wines in Clare Valley, North of Adelaide, has been producing a variety of red, white and sparkling wines since 1969. The site consumes just under 1,700,000kWh of energy per year, and Taylors wanted to know how they could create winery energy saving and reduce their environmental footprint.

Taylors were also motivated by the desire to be known as “Australia’s best wine company applying best practice principles in environmental management to enhance sustainable business activities and products“, and requested an audit of their air compressors.

While there wasn’t much room for improvement in the wine press, there was a significant improvement opportunity that presented itself in the bottling plant. In the bottling plant, two 15kW air compressors were running loaded for 57% of the time. By replacing these two units with a single 25kW air compressor with variable speed controls, Taylors were able to save an estimated 30% in energy use.

As compressed air experts, we understand how to assess your winery compressed air needs with your output and operational goals in mind. We frequently conduct energy audits to identify:

  • Incorrect compressor selection
  • Air leaks and pressure drops
  • Inappropriate usage
  • Poor reticulation design
  • Inadequate ventilation
  • System pressure settings

Poor maintenance also usually leads to loss in energy efficiency, increasing your energy bill and risk of break-down, business down-time and loss of product. Contact us today about an energy assessment and start saving money!

This study was reported by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Government of South Australia and South Australian Wine Industry Association Incorporated.

Some more energy-saving tips for wineries

Both operational and new winery businesses can reduce energy in their most common systems, which include:

  • Chilling and refrigeration
  • Lighting
  • Water heating
  • Plant and equipment
  • Air compressors

Ensure that your chillers are regularly maintained. Check for ice build-up and damage, ensuring that delivery lines and external coils are kept clean. A refrigeration engineer may help you achieve energy efficient systems. Insulate wine tanks and install variable speed controls. Efficient insulation will help prevent any condensation, ice build-up, minimising the overall cooling load.

Your staff may also be educated about energy efficiency and implementation of any strategic plansCellar fridges and any water fountains should also be turned off after hours.

Motion sensors will help reduce lighting energy use, and areas designed to allow for natural lighting will reduce the need for light installation. Check you light bulbs and ensure they are energy efficient.

Ensure that when not in use, equipment is switched off. Variable speed controls may be used to manage power output. Motors that are regularly serviced and put on energy saving modes will help reduce energy use and increase efficiency.

Consider solar heating for water heating devices where possible, and refrain from installing over-sized services or tanks with poor energy ratings. Insulate hot water lines to minimise heat loss, and use any waste heat from chiller or refrigeration systems to re-heat hot water. Timers will also help eliminate energy costs for after-hours.

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Advanced Scroll Compressor Technology

Lower energy use and achieve higher efficiency with scroll compressor technology

We recently introduced the Ganey range of advanced lubricated scroll compressor technology that delivers exceptional efficiency with minimal moving parts.

If you operate a small to medium sized business and currently use a piston-type reciprocating compressor, you are likely paying too much to operate those machines with limited energy efficiency. By updating your compressor to the advanced scroll compressor technology, you can enjoy smooth, vibration-free operation that is proven to be more reliable than piston-type compressors.

The Ganey range of scroll compressor is known for its compact, low-noise operation with its dynamically balanced, non-contact orbital scroll for quiet performance. Its compact size allows for smaller installation spaces.

With a Ganey scroll compressor, you benefit from:

  • Reliable performance and ultra quiet operation
  • Advanced control and monitoring
  • Compact design with no vibration
  • Direct drive (no drive belts to replace)
  • Compressed air supply with lower energy bills
  • Built-in temperature and overload protection

Contact us for more information about how you can start lowering your energy bills and increasing compressed air output with a Ganey scroll compressor! If you’re looking for air compressor accessories, see them here. If you’re looking for our 2 stage compressors, see them here!

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Enjoy Airend Lifetime Warranty!

Was your air compressor package delivered after 31 May 2015?

Enjoy compressor airend lifetime warranty! That’s right!

If your air compressor was delivered after Sunday 31 May 2015, we are providing lifetime warranty on the airend of both the single and 2-stage KHE series compressor packages!

If you’ve experienced air compress breakdown before, you might know that the air compressor’s screw airend is the most critical (and most expensive!) part of any rotary screw air compressor. So, for the unlimited life of the air compressor, we will repair or replace the warrantied airend, no matter how long after you’d bought the air compressor or how hard you’ve been running it.

Why airend lifetime warranty?

Because we have so much confidence in our screw airend. We deliver air compressors and a service regime that minimises air compressor breakdown and emergency services.

Ensure that you correctly service your air compressor. See below for service information.

Servicing?

Take advantage of our fixed price servicing for the first 5 years of your new air compressor’s life! This means that you:

  • Enjoy financial peace of mind
  • Certainty of financial planning
  • Avoid system breakdown
  • Reduce business downtime

Download Lifetime Airend Warranty Terms and Conditions here.

Contact us here or call 1300 098 901.

 

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Make Good Business Decisions with Air Compressor Technology Plus Maintenance

We offer cost-saving 2 Stage air compressor technology plus maintenance services

Save costs and reduce business down-time with our KHE 2 Stage series

Manufacturers can’t go without an air compressor system, yet compressed air expenses are a pain in business-managers sides.

Why? Because large volumes of energy are used.

Luckily, we specialise in:

  • Large air compressor selection
  • Advanced compressor technology
  • Reliable and effecting compressor maintenance

We know that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to air compressors for business, so we offer reliable, state-of-the-art air compressors and services to keep your business running and ensure operating costs are kept in check.

How does it work?

Our KHE 2 Stage rotary screw air compressor series works by dividing the compression ration between two separate screw air ends and cools the air in between the stages. In a single stage air compressor, air is taken at its atmospheric pressure and boosts to its final release pressure, resulting in a high overall compression ratio. This means that our 2 Stage air compressors reduces the compression ratio by more than half, which in turn improves the efficiency of the machine.

Improved machinery efficiency means a lot more compressed air is released with the same power use, saving your business more money on power costs! How much? Typically 15-20% power saving translates to an energy saving of around $40,000.00 per year!

Contact us for a free air system check, and take a look at our KHE 2 Stage series here.

We spoke with Manufacturer’s Monthly about choosing the right air compressor for your business, so check it out if you haven’t already.

Reliable maintenance and servicing, no matter your air compressor brand

We live and breathe air compressors, so no matter the brand, we offer maintenance services to help ensure your air compressor is running as efficiently as it can. Then when you are ready for an upgrade and high cost-savings, we can help you make the switch to an air compressor with greater technology efficiency. We offer:

  • Air receiver inspections
  • Air compressor hire
  • Air compressor installation
  • Compressed air design
  • Air compressor service, maintenance and repairs
  • Compressed air audits
  • Air leak detection audits

See our full range of air compressor services here.

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National Manufacturing Week Warranty and Service Surprise

Lifetime Warranty Extension and Fixed Servicing

We LAUNCHED lifetime extension to warranty on our renowned ‘SKY’ series of rotary screw air-end at National Manufacturing Week!

These rotary screw air-ends are used in both single and two-stage KHE series compressor packages. This extension applies to air compressors delivered after 31 May 2015.

The confidence we have in the screw ai-rend, the heart of the compressor, represents a massive change in industry thinking. Simply, because of the outstanding reliability of the screw compressors that are currently in the field. A division of the Kaishan Group, we design and manufacture the highly efficient ‘SKY’ series screw air-ends, and have full factory backing for this bold initiative.

The screw air-end has always been the most expensive part of any rotary screw compressor, with failure often leading to high maintenance expenses. We now give you the peace of mind you need.

Given that our customers have some obligations to maintain your warranty by ensuring your compressor is correctly serviced, we will help you further by locking in routine service pricing, ‘fixed and firm’, for the first five years of your compressors life. We want to give you the opportunity to fully understand your compressor needs and budget for routine service expenses during this time.

One initiative on its own represents an enormous step forward in the compressed air industry. Combined however, they represent great value and certainty for you.

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Compressor Innovation

National Manufacturing Week: get the latest manufacturing and air compressor innovation

Constant digital and engineering innovation surround the manufacturing industry, and usually start with these questions:

How do I get competitive? How can I reduce cost and increase profit? Can I be more efficient?

We will be at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre for National Manufacturing Week 2015, with our two-stage and LGX compressors on the floor. We will be waiting to give you the answers you’re looking for.

National Manufacturing Week is the destination for manufacturing innovation, information and inspiration surrounding the latest technical, research and development advancement.

We are a division of the Kaishan Group, meaning we have access to world class technology, research and development. Kaishan Group’s energy efficiency capabilities allow us to deliver air compressor innovation and products to you at low cost. We work with the best to bring you the best.

WHAT: National Manufacturing Week

WHEN: Tuesday 26th to Friday 29th May, from 10.00 am

WHERE: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC 3006

WHY: Latest manufacturing and air compressor innovation

We hope to see you there! Register here to attend: http://ow.ly/M9kcZ

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New Tasmanian Distributors Announced

Southern Cross is proud to announce the appointment of two new distributors in Tasmania to deliver Southern Cross products and services exclusively in Tasmania.

Since 1999 FuidLine North and South have been supporting Tasmanian customers state-wide as a specialist supplier of pneumatic and hydraulic equipment also offering on-site inspections and advice, design and selection and after sales technical support.

As the major player in Tasmania’s pneumatic and hydraulic industry, being the sole distributor of several key international brands, the addition of the Southern Cross range of products and services is a complementary addition to their product and service offerings.

Both companies are excited to join Sothern Cross in assisting their clients to ‘lower the cost of compressed air’ through delivering international quality products and services and worlds best practice to deliver long term and sustainable operating cost reductions.

Based in Kings Meadow and servicing the North of Tasmania, your FluidLine North customer representative is Peter Roberts. Peter has worked in the industry as a qualified Fitter and Turner and Sales Representative for over 40 years. Peter has achieved certificate qualifications in Pneumatics and Hydraulics as well as a certificate in Advanced Pneumatic Circuit Design.

Based in Derwent Park and servicing the South of Tasmania, your Fluidline South customer representative is Mark Millhouse. Mark is a trade qualified Technical Consultant who brings a broad range of experience in the application of compressed air in Tasmanian industry.

Whatever the compressed air requirement FluidLine North and South have the expertise to handle any enquiry and have the backing of Southern Cross world class products and services to ensure the best service possible.

If you are in Tasmania and could benefit from the service of FluidLine please contact Southern Cross Compressors.

Kings Meadow TAS 7249

Phone: 03 6343 0042

Derwent Park TAS 7009

 

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New LGX Series Compact Screw Compressor Range

Southern Cross Compressors is proud to announce the launch of a new range of receiver mounted compact rotary screw compressors with the option of integrated air dryer and filter.

The LGX Series Compact Screw Compressor Range are designed to produce maximum output with outstanding reliability for the lowest possible energy usage.

The LGX Compact Screw Compressor Range is available in:

  • 5.5 kW – 15 kW
  • 0.78 m³/min – 2.35 m³/min Free Air Delivery (FAD)
  • 8, 10 & 13 bar models available
  • Optional integrated dryer & air filter

Engineered from the highest quality components and utilising the latest in compressed air technology, the Southern Cross LGX range suits a diverse range of applications.

Available from early August the LGX Series Compact Screw Compressor Range is ideal for applications with a high air demand requiring reduced power consumption and lower noise levels with a compact foot print that is easy to install.

The LGX Series has a number of integrated features to ensure the lowest possible operating costs:

  • Star-Delta starters on all models
  • MEPS II compliant motors
  • Large , slow running airend for superior efficiency & reliability
  • Large 500 litre receivers on all models
  • Low noise levels (67-68 dB(A))
  • Safety guarding and protection on all mechanical and electrical components
  • Cabinet designed for easy service access  and weather resistance
  • Integrated aftercooler and cooling fan for high performance air cooling
  • Large cyclonic air intake filtration
  • Automatic belt tensioning
  • Compact design results in minimal footprint and easy installation
  • Optional dryer and filter for compact condensate and contaminant removal
  • 5 Year Extended Warranty Available*

Every unit is rigorously tested to perform to stringent quality standards and is fully backed by Southern Cross’ comprehensive, 5 star services and warranty.

As a limited introductory offer from August 1 to October 31, 2014 Southern Cross Compressors are offering a minimum of $500 trade-in on any reciprocating compressor on the purchase of a new LGX Series Rotary Screw Compressor*.

If you think you could benefit from the superior efficiency, reliability and noise reduction in your business then don’t hesitate to contact Southern Cross on 1300 098 901 or simply complete the ‘Enquire Now’ form on this page.

 

*Terms & Conditions apply – View Here

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Compressed Air Energy Costs

How Much is Compressed Air Costing you in Excess Energy Charges?

If you ask the typical industrial worker for the top three most common utilities in their industry you would usually hear water, electricity and gas. What is often overlooked is the commonly accepted fourth utility in industrial applications, compressed air.

Compressed air is a safe and convenient form of energy utilised in the majority of industrial plants to power everything from tools, pneumatic controls and an array of other applications. It is universally accepted that approximately 10% of the world’s electricity consumption is used to compress air. This means that a compressed air system consumes a significant proportion of a plants electricity demand and therefore represents a significant amount in terms of electricity costs.

Therefore when trying to identify ways to reduce a plants energy consumption and the associated cost savings in doing so, the compressed air system is one of the best places to start. Opportunities to reduce energy consumption through increased compressed air efficiency are significant.

Compressed air inefficiency can occur at many points in the compressed air system, such as:

  • 10-15% of energy is wasted through heat loss
  • Inappropriate equipment for the application
    • Oversized compressors
    • Undersized air receiver, dryer and piping
    • Incorrect control system
  • Incorrect pressure settings
  • Air leaks
  • Poor maintenance
  • Installation and layout of system

Most compressed air systems will be running at approximately 20-30% inefficiency or more at any given time resulting in wasted energy and increased operating costs through not only excess electricity charges but increased maintenance costs due to additional wear and tear on the system. It is important every organisation is aware of how much electricity their compressed air system uses and what is the compressed air cost of this is and how it affect the businesses bottom line.

To get an approximate estimate of the amount of electricity your compressed air system uses and your compressed air cost you can use the following calculation:

Cost ($/year) = motor kW x hours of operation (per year) x electricity rate ($/kWh) / motor efficiency

A practical example is a plant that has a 110kW compressor running 24 hours a day, Monday to Saturday all year round and pays 13c/kWh for electricity. The compressor motor operates at 94% efficiency.

The annual cost of electricity for this plant is calculated as:

110 x ((24 x 6) x52) x 0.13 / 94 = $114,000

The annual electricity cost for this plant is over $110,000, if efficiency was improved by only 15%, the plant would save almost $17,000 annually which would add straight to the bottom line improving company profitability.

It is in every businesses best interest to monitor operating costs and know how much it costs to operate their compressed air system.

If you would like assistance in determining the cost of your compressed air system or how you can significantly improve system efficiency don’t hesitate to contact Southern Cross Compressors on 1300 098 901 or simply complete the ‘Enquire Now’ form on this page.

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Troubleshooting Compressed Air Systems

There are several common issues that arise in the typical compressed air system at any given time. This guide is to assist those involved in monitoring or maintaining a compressed air system to identify common issues and apply a solution to ensure the system is maintained at maximum efficiency and operating costs are minimised at all times.

Issue:

Point-of-use pressure too low

Cause/Solution:

If experiencing a lack of pressure at the point-of-use common causes that result in significant pressure drop include:

Leaks in piping and joins

Ensure all lines and joins are checked and either patched up, replaced or tightened to ensure the leak is stopped. Air leaks can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year in wasted energy costs depending on severity.

Clogged filter elements

Clogged or obstructed filter elements will decline in efficiency and cause pressure drop through the system resulting in reduced pressure at the point-of-use. Clean all filter elements and remove excess contaminants, ensure system is regularly serviced to ensure filters are replaced at the manufacturers recommended intervals.

Fouled dryer heat exchanger

Similar to air filters ensure all heat exchangers are clear of debris build up that may restrict air flow and cause pressure drop. Clean regularly and replace at recommended intervals.

Issue:

Low pressure at point of compressor discharge

Cause/Solution:

Compressor pressure settings

The majority of compressors have a pressure control function, ensure that you follow manufacturers’ guidelines in setting the pressure controls to suit your particular application.

Damaged or broken valves

If changing the pressure setting does not work there may be an issue with broken or damaged valves. Please speak to your compressed air service provider if this occurs.

Issue:

Water/Moisture in air lines

Cause/Solution:

If you are finding excess moisture evident in your system particularly at the point of end use there are a number of possible causes including:

Failed condensate traps

Ensure all condensate separators, and manual or automatic drains are functioning correctly. If not repair or replace as moisture downstream can cause equipment or product damage.

Faulty or Undersized Air Dryer or Aftercooler

If you have moisture in your air lines and you do not have an aftercooler or air dryer than you should consider investing in one or both as these help reduce the temperature of the compressed air and remove moisture which can cause damage downstream.

If you have an aftercooler and/or air dryer and you are still experiencing moisture in your air lines then ensure you have a correctly sized dryer, if a dryer is not sized correctly taking into account ambient conditions than it can be rendered useless. If your dryer has been sized correctly have it checked for faults or failure.

Issue:

Oil in air lines

Cause/Solution

If oil is appearing downstream of the compressor than there is an issue with air/oil separation. Thoroughly check the separation system including separator element and ensure the oil level in the compressor is not too high. The operation manual supplied by the manufacturer will have required oil levels and location of the separator.

Issue:

Dirt or rust in air lines

Cause/Solution

Generally caused by ageing air pipes, either replace the air line piping system or ensure there are filters before point-of-use to avoid tool/instrument damage or product spoilage.

Issue:

Compressor running ‘hot’

Cause/Solution

If the compressor operating temperature is too high it is likely a result of poor ventilation or obstructed inlet air filters. Check that the compressor has sufficient space and supply of clean cool air at the inlet and that all intake filters are cleaned regularly.

Issue:

Low oil-level

Cause/Solution

Excessive oil consumption can be a result of wear and tear and poor maintenance as well as natural loss. Fill oil level as required as per the manufacturers operation manual and be sure to inspect compressor for any oil leaks. If oil loss is significant and ongoing consult your compressed air service supplier inspect the machine to determine the cause.

If you are having any of the issues outlined in this article and would like assistance in rectifying them to increase efficiency and reduce your operating costs don’t hesitate to contact Southern Cross on 1300 098 901 or simply complete the ‘Enquire Now’ form on this page and they would be happy to assist.

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