Nex Flow compressed air accessories can complement and enhance your compressed air systems. Awareness of the best accessories (based on application) can save energy, extend the lifespan of equipment, and provide a safe environment for workers when using compressed air. This article describes tips that enhance the performance and prolongs the life of compress air accessories.
Compressed air accessories include filters (oil and water), separators (shims), valves, nozzles, tubing, hoses, etc. Nex Flow engineering experts are happy to provide advice when choosing the best compressed air accessories for your application. We are dedicated to reducing the cost of compressed air system operation and extending the life of your products. All products come with a 5-year manufacturing warranty.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Be proactive by regularly checking for leaks in filters, fittings, valves, and connectors. Leaks occur especially when your compressed air system is aging. Inspecting your entire system regularly prevents leaking air. Leaks can originate from lines, gaskets, fittings, valves, clamps and connections. They can divert an estimated 25 percent of your compressed air. Leak detectors can be helpful in identifying the issues before they become costly to repair. In addition, solenoid valves can be used to control the flow of liquid and gases.
Check the quality of pipes in your compressed air system. Simply using quality and replacing worn out pipes can save energy and maintenance costs. Pipes that are free of corrosion, clean, and dry are a good indication of quality piping. If the air is not properly filtered, dust appears in the pipes which could lead to inlet filters becoming clogged, causing a decrease in pressure, and the chance of product contamination. If left unattended, wastes will accumulate, and these dust and sludge will corrode piping very quickly and exacerbate leakage. Properly dried and filtered air keeps your pipe system clean and reduces maintenance.
Strange noises and excessive vibration are indications of problems. Learn to recognize issues as soon as problems occur. Inspect the entire compressed air system regularly including accessories. Keep everything tight because otherwise screws, nuts, and bolts can all loosen. Tighten accessory that has become loose. It is highly recommended to regularly inspect your system, understand and know the acceptable range of the gauges so you can flag if the system is abnormal. This knowledge can prevent major damage to equipment and prevent costly repair. Check the coolant and refill it regularly since the coolant prevents your system from overheating and prolongs the life of your compressed air system.
With the help of expert technicians with years of experience, develop a daily cleaning routine of your system and accessories. Remove filters and blow them clear of dust to extend the life of the pipes, filters, and nozzles. Dust and debris can collect in filters and if they clog, it will impact the effectiveness of your system. Other than dusts, filters should also be drained of any liquid they collect. Remember that any residue may dry and leave a film – this is especially hard to remove if it is an oil residue. So before putting the filters back in use – it is important the filters are properly drained and cleaned to prolong the lifespan of the product.
Seek out moisture in your entire system. Moisture can cause wear and tear on your accessories. Condensation can deteriorate the health of your system and shortens the lifespan of equipment. Ensure that the air compressor is eliminating moisture as expected on a daily basis. Furthermore, check drains and separators to ensure that no moisture is pooling.
It is highly recommended to follow the compressor maintenance schedule. Ignoring maintenance costs more because it leads to costly repair and replacement expenses. It is critically important that the correct lubricant is used on tools and compressed air accessories to promote long life. Incorrect lubricant can damage internal parts. For blow-off or air conditioning systems, it is equally important not to use a lubricant since it could block the nozzle. In situations where the entire air system is lubricated, it is recommended that an oil removal filter is installed upstream.
A compressor runs more efficiently when properly maintained. Proper compressor maintenance cuts energy costs and prevents breakdowns. Maintain oil change schedules and other timely scheduled maintenance on your compressors. Consult your air compressor supplier for advice regarding the most efficient method to run based on the application of use, especially if you own several compressor units.
Vortex tube cooling for cabinet enclosures is essential in very dirty or humid environments. The use of cabinets coolers not only keep the control panel clean but also keep maintenance costs to a minimum. If the equipment become clogged and stops working, the cost of an enclosure is easily recovered compared to stopping work to repair sensitive parts on the control panel.
Setting the temperature of when compressed air will be used, will extend the lifespan of your equipment. Thermostats control the temperature setting inside your control panel. The compressed air equipment will only be used when necessary. Also, Nex Flow® Panel Coolers ensures a positive pressure to keep out atmospheric air in control panels. A small amount of air flowing into the control panel is important to maintain a slightly positive pressure. Nex Flow also offers a special temperature-sensitive sticker that is put on the outside of a control panel as a qualitative indicator to show when a panel is overheating.
Using proper filters based on the application and changing filters regularly will prolong the life of your blow off products. Instead of using cartridge filters, where water and oil removal pose a high maintenance cost, it would be wise to use the following compressed air accessories for longer life:
Oil Removal Filters – an excellent choice for oil removal because it filters up to 0.3 microns.
Liquid Super Separator – removes 99.99% oil and water from a compressed air system. This filter addresses access water problems and extends the life of existing filters.
Expel filter – removes 99.9999% oil and water from a system and guarantee filtration to 1 micron. In many applications, this filter removes the need to filter.
These Nex Flow® products are maintenance free and have a 5 year warranty.
Systematically changing filters instead of only replacing them when they are clogged extends the life of the compressed air equipment. This will prevent servicing the equipment in an emergency due to damaged caused by a filter failure.
Unlike other manufacturers – Nex Flow® only sells stainless steel shims because we understand that plastic shims will wear out quickly. When required, shim kits and individual sizes are available for spare parts, enlarge the gaps in existing products to increase flow/force, or to replace old shims if necessary.
Having keen knowledge of how your compressed air system works optimally only occurs when a regular maintenance and inspecting schedule is kept. Once you are aware of your compressed air system, issues. Loose or loud components, can be quickly replaced and maintained before expensive repairs are necessary. Knowing the correct compressed air accessory for the application will save operation costs and extend the life of the equipment you have installed. Nex Flow is the company that is most qualified to help you select the most effective compressed air accessories for your application.