Monday, December 4
Designing the Perfect Compressor Room
Designing a suitable compressor room for your air compressor can have a major impact on the functioning and efficiency of your machine. There are many factors to consider, especially in the Midwest where the weather can get to be very hot or very cold depending on the time of the year. This blog post will cover the basics and provide rules-of-thumb to follow when designing your facility’s compressor room.
Access To Power Lines
Of course, your compressor needs a power source to turn on and operate. The further away your compressor room is from the power source, the more complex the wiring needs to be, and thus the more expensive it will be. It is best to have your compressor room located close to the power source for optimal efficiency.
Vicinity to Employees
Air compressors can be very noisy and cause vibrations when operating. Depending on the industry, safety standards, and role of the surrounding employees, this can cause decreased productivity or annoyed employees. Isolating your compressed air in a more convenient location can decrease the noise and vibrations your surrounding employees must endure. Vibrations transferred from the compressor through the surrounding flooring, can cause some shaking or movement that may affect different workers' duties. There are also quieter air compressor models you can consider if noise is a large issue. Contact Zorn to discuss your options.
In general, you want your compressed air to travel the shortest distance possible from the compressor to the point-of-use. The shorter and straighter the piping system, the less risk for pressure drops to occur. Because of this, you will want to situate your compressor room in a location that allows for an efficient piping layout.
In most cases, your compressor room will be housing more than just your air compressor. It may also have dryers, tanks, piping, cooling systems, etc. that require added space to operate efficiently. If all these pieces of equipment are jammed too closely together, the risk of overheating increases. You will also want to allow room from any walls or pillars.
Maintenance & Service
To keep your compressor running efficiently, you will need to have regular maintenance performed. Because of this, your compressor room should be designed and spaced out enough for a technician to be able to access different entrances to your compressor and related equipment in order to service it or perform emergency repairs. A great rule of thumb is to leave a 3-foot radius around your machines that is clear for personnel to come in and work on your machine. Some larger machines may require a larger radius due to larger internal parts that may need to be replaced and larger doors that need to be open completely.
Air compressors generate a lot of heat that needs to be ventilated out of the compressor room to avoid any overheating or inefficiencies from happening. Proper ventilation can look different for every application and air compressor. Having a cooler environment with good air circulation, will help to keep the temperatures lower when operating your compressor. In a completely enclosed compressor room, you should install proper ducts that will transfer your exhaust air to the outdoors. This will keep the surrounding temperature at a proper level and allow your compressor to have cooler intake air. If your facility is located in an area with cooler temperatures, you can also set up ducts to bring air into the compressor room to provide your compressor with cool intake air as well.
Having a clean environment with clean ambient air helps mitigate the risk of inefficiencies in your system. If your air compressor is pulling in dirty air, this could contaminate your end product or cause maintenance issues within your machine. A preferred environment for your air compressor room would be one with little to no dirt or dust in the air and little to no access to uncontrollable environmental conditions such as outdoor pollen, precipitation, etc. If it is unavoidable that dust be in the environment around your compressed air room, make sure you are properly maintaining and replacing your intake filter.
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