Back To The Basics (of compressed air)…And The Track

The past several weeks I have been finding myself doing things the more complicated way (I  know how that sounds odd – an engineer that prefers to do things the hard way). Over the weekend I took a brief ride on the motorcycle for a short 15 minute trip that I found to be satisfying, even if it is less direct and a more out-of-the-way route for getting my errands complete.   The route runs past the local university of Mount Saint Joseph, down a winding road that has no houses and only one business, the rest is all woods and a creek.  Finally, this route runs along the mighty Ohio river and back up a steep winding road near my house.

While I have been worrying about all the projects and errands which need to be completed, this more complicated route gives me a moment to decompress and remember that my family at home and few other things are all I need.  Once  I was reminded of that and got some perspective which allowed me to “keep calm and carry on” I proceeded to break my projects and errands down into smaller pieces and everything will start to come together.

I now have a to do list at home as well as a refreshed list at EXAIR of all the items I need to do.   The list at home is considerably more fun as it all involves getting my “new to me” track bike ready for this season.  20140506_134512That’s right, it’s right around the corner, the first track weekend of 2014.  So expect to see some more motorcycle blogs coming and hopefully more ways to use EXAIR products while working on them. It was these newly developed lists that helped me reorganize and get back on track for the new season, sometimes a list is necessary in order to gain perspective, prioritize and begin to take action.

On that note, EXAIR has a list to help you gain perspective, prioritize and take some action toward getting your compressed air system optimized. Our systematic approach using the Six Steps To Compressed Air Optimization has been developed to help you save your compressed air,your hearing, and your money. By following these steps you can lower your compressed air use, minimize workplace noise exposure (OSHA will be happy) and save money on this important utility.

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If you have ever thought of reducing your compressed air costs, use our list to help you gain perspective on this simple process and take some positive steps toward saving your facility some money.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF

 

Outfitting Your Receiver Tank

Intermediate storage is a key component to your compressed air system.  Intermediate storage is step five in the Six Steps to Optimizing Your Compressed Air System.  Receiver tanks can also be the difference between having to buy a new compressor or outfitting the application with a receiver tank.  Today I would like to discuss some of the accessories you might need to outfit your receiver tank with.   Below is a picture of a receiver tank that Professor Penurious has outfitted.

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This is a unit that we transport around the lab to help with different tests.  As you can see there are more ports than needed on the EXAIR 60 Gallon Receiver Tank, so we have installed plugs in the unused ports, while using pipe unions and ball valves to make quick and simple installation into many different areas.

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Another key item to have is pressure relief valve, this needs to be paired with the receiver tank to ensure you are operating within the limits of the tank.

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Another key component is a drain valve on the bottom of the unit.   This is to help drain any moisture that has accumulated in the tank over a period of use.

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The final piece that is recommended to install on an intermediate storage tank would be a pressure gauge.   This is so you can ensure the tank is holding pressure over time, along with allow you to see your operating pressure.

If you have any questions about how intermediate storage can help your compressed air system, contact us.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF