Air Compressors are essential tools in a variety of industrial settings. No matter what industry you are in having a reliable air compressor can be a crucial part of getting the job done efficiently. However, like an investment, air compressors require upkeep and maintenance, and eventually will need to be upgraded. But how do you know when it’s time to upgrade your air compressor? Here are some things you need to consider.
Capacity and Usage
The first thing you need to consider is your current compressor’s capacity and usage. Remember to look at the tools and equipment you’re using with your compressor. Are they too powerful for your existing compressor? Do you overload your compressors capacity? An air compressor that can’t keep up with the demands of your operation can cause expensive delays and downtime. If this is the case, it is time for an upgrade.
Energy efficiency is another consideration when deciding to upgrade your compressed air equipment. Newer compressors are more energy efficient and can significantly reduce your operations energy costs. Older compressors may be running inefficiently, using more energy than necessary, and increasing your utility bills. Upgrading to a newer, more energy efficient model can help save on operating costs.
Just like with a vehicle, as air compressors age, the maintenance and repair costs increase as well. If you notice you are spending more time and money to keep your current compressor running, it may be time to consider upgrading to a newer model with lower maintenance costs and remote monitoring and diagnostics that can help identify potential problems early, reducing the need for costly repairs.
Technology is constantly advancing and that includes air compressor technology. The latest models have advanced features such as touchscreen displays, adjustable speeds, and automatic shut-off controls that turn the compressor on and off when it is needed, making them more user friendly and efficient than ever before. Upgrading your old model to a modern one can streamline operations, save time, and improve productivity.
Whether it’s due to capacity, energy efficiency, maintenance costs or technological advances, upgrading your compressed air equipment can bring significant benefits for your business. However, upgrading is not a decision to be taking lightly. To make the best decision for your business, it’s important to consider your current and future needs, evaluate the costs and benefits of upgrading and explore your options. If you are not sure what your needs are, Atlas Copco can provide you with an AIRchitect survey – laying out all your options along with the cost benefits of an upgrade.