Tuesday, September 3, 2019

What is a Cooler and Why is it Needed? (Air Compressors)

A cooler is necessary to ensure the proper functionality of pneumatic or air handling devices and coolers are the section of the compressed air system where after the air is compressed the discharge needs to be cooled. There are two different kinds of cooler options and they are either water or air and are an effective means of removing moisture from compressed air. The main way in which coolers can reduce the amount of water vapor in a compressed air system is by condensing the water vapor into liquid form. By combining the cooler with a separator, you create an excellent way to reduce the moisture in a compressed air system and saving the equipment from potential significant damage.

The main reason as to why you would need a cooler was previously mentioned and that is to increase the amount of moisture you are able to take out of the compressor to avoid things such as rust or corroding parts. A second important reason to use a cooler on your compressed air system is to keep your air compressor from overheating. Air compressors generate a lot of heat and without a proper cooling system a compressor with either overheat or need some downtime to avoid malfunctioning or damage. With a cooler you can keep a compressor running at an optimal temperature while also getting as much moisture out of the compressor as possible. If you have any other questions about coolers or any of the products and services available at Best-Aire feel free to contact us at any of our branches located across Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.

Air Receivers for your Compressed Air System

An air receiver, which is also referred to as a compressed air tank, is an integral part of any air compression system. The most important role of an air receiver is to act as temporary storage to accommodate the peaks of demand and to optimize the efficiency of your operation. While in some cases air compressor installation can run without the air receiver it is important to note the potential reasons as to why your company may need one. A first reason is that without the receiver your air system may increase the loading and unloading cycles which causes your compressor to work harder. Another reason why a receiver may be what you need is that they can act as a buffer mechanism between the compressor and the fluctuating pressure caused by changing demand. A final reason to consider using an air receiver is that some compressors can be “tank-mounted”. This means that they come as a package and are mounted on top of the receiver which is a popular set up for facilities where space comes at a premium. Using a tank mounted compressor can save on both space as well as initial installation costs associated with commissioning a stand-alone dry. One important thing to note however is that larger air compressors are not suitable for tank mounted options, as they become top heavy and can pose a safety risk.

For more information about air receiver tanks or any of Best Aire’s other products and services feel free to reach out to us online, on the phone, or at any of our branches located across Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.