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Air compressors are the workhorses of the industrial world, ensuring that production and application needs are met in facilities across the globe. However, compressors are only machines – they’re not infallible. This is what makes compressor system maintenance incredibly important! Instead of waiting around for a problem to pop up and reactively requesting service and repairs, why not proactively stay on top of your compressor’s maintenance needs? This is called preventative maintenance – i.e. preventing issues like clogged filters, broken belts, and burned out motors from arising before they have a chance to start.
Why is Preventative Maintenance Important?
Uptime, efficiency, and reliable production are critical elements for every business. Preventative maintenance helps to ensure that your compressor system continues to function as it should, thus helping decrease the risk of shutdowns. Still not convinced? Compare it to routine car maintenance. To keep our vehicles in tip-top shape, we schedule regular visits at a dealership for oil changes, tire rotations, and filter replacements; this usually prevents larger car concerns from popping up down the road. The same concept applies to air compressors! The more effort you invest in keeping your compressor system in well-functioning condition, the better its operation – both now and in the future.
The Benefits of Preventative Maintenance
Proactively maintaining your air compressors comes with a variety of concrete benefits, no matter the size or shape of your operation. These benefits include:
Routine Preventative Maintenance Tasks
Preventative maintenance differs for each compressor based on model, size, technology type, running hours, and installation environment. This means that the maintenance expected for a 5hp piston compressor in an autobody shop will vary from a 250hp oil-free rotary screw compressor in a pharmaceutical application! Your compressor manual will outline the specific maintenance tasks expected for your compressor. With that being said, checking the compressor’s filters, belts, bearings, vents, and oil levels (if an oil-injected machine) are all components that should be inspected regularly. Additional recommended preventative maintenance checks include:
Want to make sure your compressor is around for the long haul? Having a preventative maintenance plan in place and following the schedule that it lays out will help it happen. Check out Atlas Copco’s preventative maintenance plans here or visit us at www.atlascopco.com/air-usa!
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