Lubricated reciprocating air compressors, like an automobile, require regular oil changes to ensure that bearings and piston skirts are receiving clean lubricant to prevent metal to metal contact. Most small reciprocating compressor manufacturers recommend oil changes every 12 months or 500 hours – whichever comes first. Many small reciprocating air compressors may operate on single phase power directly fed by a breaker. Three phase models may use an economically priced off-the-shelf magnetic motor starter. In both of these scenarios, there is usually no provision made to log hours on the compressor.
The Problem with Start/Stop Air Compressors
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There are several types of compressed air dryers on the market, and many different applications for drying compressed air. Many industrial and commercial applications for compressed air will be for hand tools or the operation of pneumatic cylinders and valves in an indoor applications. These are referred to as “power” applications. For the most part, these applications require the air to be free of condensate (free liquid), which will impede the tool’s performance and cause corrosion, shortening the life of the tool. Refrigerant air dryers are usually selected for these applications. They remove water vapor from the compressed air by … Read the rest
A variety of air compressors are available in the market of which oil-less air compressors are used to provide oil-free compressed air. They are used in critical operations, where products or processes could become contaminated if subjected to small amounts of oil. Contamination may result in costly scrapping of product and/or production downtime to clean or purify the system. Oil-less compressors may also be used with additional purifying filtration and safety controls to produce air for breathing applications in industry and medical systems.
Oil-less reciprocating air compressors consist of dry compression chambers using synthetic self-lubricating guide rings and piston rings. … Read the rest