Compressor location; where best to install your air compressor - continued!
On this previous page we talked about some of the factors that should be considered when selecting the optimal compressor location.
Some additional factors to be considered are:
Your compressor air intake will (should) have an adequate dust and debris filter which will help keep out dust, debris, and whatever folks might try to throw into it.
Do not forget to have the cleaning of the intake filter added to your compressor preventive maintenance schedule.
Good lighting is important from a safety standpoint, too. Every surface seems to collect things, and around the compressor does not seem to be an exception. Good lighting means that you will not be tripping over items, damaging them or yourself in the process.
Have you checked out the cost of worker's compensation lately?
Depending on the type of compressor, moving parts may make being in close proximity dangerous. Yes, the belts on compressors should be guarded to prevent very dangerous pinch-points, and you can make things even safer by keeping unauthorized and unskilled persons out of the compressor area completely.
Do the curiosity seeker and yourself a favor, and lock the door to the compressor room.
Wire rope isolators are one, or the simple elastomeric (neoprene or rubber cushions) mounts is another. The elastomers are likely the lowest cost, and provide a rubber cushion between the feet of the compressor and the floor.
Be aware of the vibration concern when seeking a new compressor . Be sure to ask the vendor about steps you will have to take if the compressor you select can cause your plant a vibration problem.
Not only will this type of floor resist vibration, it will also resist decomposition from the water that is a continual by-product of compressing air.
It will also resist the oil spilled on the floor if it is an oil-lubed air compressor.
Painting the floor will make it easier to clean. Be aware of slip-and-fall hazards on a painted, wet or oily floor.
Be conscious of the fact that the mixture blowing out of the drain of the receiver may be mostly water, but will have dirt in it, and if your compressor is oil-lubed, that waste water will contain oil as well.
Gone are the days when you simply ran the line from the receiver right into the nearest municipal drain. You do want to be sure about where your tank water/oil goes if there is sufficient volume.
You may opt for installing an extra compressor tank or two right in the compressor room.
If an additional receiver does not provide sufficient cooling of the air to remove the water to a level satisfactory for your plant, you may need some compressed air cooling technology such as an aftercooler, a desiccant dryer or a refrigerant dryer.
These items can get you into some serious additional real estate around the compressor, so keep your options open in terms of how big your compressor room needs to be.