March 10, 2022
Agriculture Applications for Compressed Air Systems
Agriculture is an industry that has been around for centuries with many hard and true methods of completing tasks. Agriculture and farming are areas that are rapidly advancing with the use of machinery and automation to increase efficiency and speed up production. Because of the use of pressurized air from air compressors in today’s agriculture environment, we are observing less energy being exerted and thus a friendlier economic effect. Let’s go over a few of the main areas in agriculture that utilize compressed air system equipment.
Vehicle Tire Inflation
Probably one of the most obvious and common uses for an air compressor is to inflate vehicle tires. On a farm, there are many different vehicles that need tires inflated such as tractors, ATVs, or trailers. This helps maintain efficiency, reliability, and safety on the farm.
Pneumatic Hand Tool Use
Many pneumatic hand tools used for maintenance and repairs on a farm utilize compressed air to power them. Tools like staple guns or paint sprayers commonly used on barns and other farm buildings are most likely powered by compressed air. This also extends to many cleaning tools used to spray off surfaces and help with general site maintenance.
Many crop sprayers utilize large amounts of compressed air to be able to distribute their fertilizer and pesticides widely across the farm.
It’s no surprise that water is essential to any life on a farm. Compressed air is utilized to bring water to certain areas such as various crops for watering.
Greenhouses require specific temperatures, clean air, and ventilation to run properly. Compressed air is many times used to control all these aspects and maximize energy and cost benefits.
Fish farms use compressed air to aerate ponds to maintain a healthy environment for fish to grow and develop. Successful pond aeration systems rely on quality compressed air.
Dairy Machinery Operation
Air compressors ensure that dairy machinery is consistently working to produce efficient, constant, and healthy dairy produce. Machines such as milking robots utilize the pressurized compressed air to operate.
Some farms do their own packaging on site, and because of this they utilize conveyor belts to transport the product. Many product conveyors use compressed air to provide a steady, consistent movement of their materials through the cleaning and packaging process. Put simply: air compressors keep the conveyors moving. Industrial vacuum pumps are commonly used for conveyor transport, and this can apply to transporting any grain, powder, or substance into storage locations.
Air compressors are utilized in many ways in the wastewater treatment process. First, an oil-free air supply is crucial preventing bacteria from entering your wastewater treatment process. Blowers are installed for this aeration process. Backwashing, pumping water backwards through the filter, is also required as a form of preventative maintenance that extends the longevity of your filter- also performed utilizing compressed air.
Winterizing Irrigation Lines
This process on farms is especially important here in the Midwest where we observe very harsh, cold winters. Compressed air is used to clear the irrigation lines of any excess water to prepare for winter and prevent pipelines from freezing. This helps sustain a long lifetime for the farm’s infrastructure and helps save on costs by being proactive instead of reactive.
Packaging & Filling
For farms that do their packaging onsite, air compressors maintain efficient, safe, and sealed packaging of produce and dairy products. Certain precision compressors are used to dispense the exact measured amounts of liquid consistently to all bottles/packages distributed down the conveyor belt. Compressors are then also used to pump refrigerants into large refrigerators to properly store freezer and refrigerated foods before distributing out to the stores.
Compressed air is used to power various silo systems that transport materials such as grains into silos for storage. This is detailed in the materials transport section.
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