Air Compressor Preventative Maintenance Programs

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May 2, 2019

Air Compressor Preventative Maintenance Programs


Air Compressor Preventative Maintenance Programs

Air Compressor Preventative Maintenance Programs

Just like any piece of mechanical equipment, all air compressors require some form of routine, standard maintenance. But, to ensure continuous, efficient, and reliable performance while avoiding interruptions and unexpected downtime, you should go beyond standard maintenance and implement an air compressor preventative maintenance program.

Air Compressor preventative maintenance programs aid to catch problems in your compressed air system before they wreak havoc and impose expensive, emergency repairs. Preventative maintenance is a low-cost way to warrant an increase in an air compressor’s reliability compared to pricier, reactive repair situations down the road. Take for example, a C.H. Reed Service Technician identifies a cracked belt during a scheduled, routine inspection of your air compressor. They can simply replace that belt on the spot versus the costlier scenario where the belt snaps, the plant loses air, and production stops as your maintenance personnel work vigorously to identify and resolve the problem.

6 Benefits of Air Compressor Preventative Maintenance

6 Benefits of Preventative Maintenance Programs for Air Compressors

No matter how small or large your compressed air system is, it is vital to perform preventative, planned maintenance services on a routine basis. Implementing a preventative maintenance schedule for your compressed air system yields many benefits:

  1. Preventative Maintenance Avoids Downtime
    For many manufacturers around the world, equipment downtime (breakdown) is the largest source of lost production time. According to the analyst firm, Aberdeen Research, 82% of companies have experienced unplanned downtime over the last three years. This downtime can cost a company, depending on the size of their production, up to $260,000 an hour! Along with lost production, downtime can result in loss of customer trust and business.When a company fails to plan timely, preventative maintenance, on top of standard maintenance, they run the risk of encountering air compressor performance issues with greater frequency. To avoid the costly risk of downtime, you need to perform planned maintenance without skipping a date, even when your air compressor appears to be running flawlessly.
  2. Preventative Maintenance Avoids Costly Emergency Repairs
    If and when your compressor breaks down, you will need to get it up and running as quick as possible. Not only can downtime cost you thousands of dollars a minute, but the emergency repair costs to have your compressor fixed can be very high. When you perform compressor inspections and maintenance on a regular schedule, it allows you to catch issues before they happen; saving you from having to invest in third-party emergency repair services.
  3. Preventative Maintenance Lowers Energy Costs
    As stated before, preventative maintenance allows you to spot problems before they over-exert your system. This allows your air compressor to run smoother and more efficiently; translating to less electric used to power your equipment. Remember, one horsepower of compressed air requires approximately eight horsepower of electricity. By increasing your system’s efficiency through proper and routine maintenance, you’ll enjoy significant energy savings for a healthier bottom line. Simply put, preventative maintenance plays a direct role in decreasing your monthly electric bill.
  4. Preventative Maintenance Increases Compressed Air System Life
    A huge benefit of preventative maintenance is that it increases the life and reliability of your whole system, not just your air compressor. When you calculate the up-front costs of a complete compressed air system, you want to ensure that you see a return on that investment via productivity, overtime. Without regular inspections, check-ups, and tune-ups, your system’s reliability and efficiency decreases, lessening the returns that you otherwise could establish.
  5. Preventative Maintenance Lowers Total Cost of Ownership
    Most of the costs involved in generating compressed air for your plant isn’t in the up-front purchase price of your compressed air system, but in the energy it takes to operate the equipment, over time. A general rule of thumb when calculating the true lifecycle cost of a compressed air system is that you will spend 12% in the initial purchase price, 12% in system maintenance, and 76% in electricity to power the system. As stated above, investing in preventative maintenance for your system can help increase system efficiency. With 76% of the total lifecycle cost of a compressed air system going to electricity it takes to operate it, can you afford to have an inefficient system?
  6.  Preventative Maintenance Provides Peace of Mind
    Last but not least, preventative maintenance programs provide you peace of mind knowing that your compressed air system is being properly cared for and monitored, day in and day out. You can breathe easy knowing that your system is running smoothly, avoiding interruptions, and saving you money in the long-run. No matter what industry you’re in, we know you face a host of daily challenges; an unreliable air compressor shouldn’t be one of them.

Air Compressor Preventative Maintenance

Reliable Compressed Air Preventative Maintenance

With a service footprint covering the whole mid-Atlantic region, C.H. Reed can help you meet your facility’s compressed air goals from one of our centralized branch and territory locations:

C.H. Reed can help you achieve optimal compressed air system performance with a customized planned maintenance program. Our in-house and factory-trained, certified service technicians combine insightful industry knowledge and streamlined maintenance practices to ensure your compressed air system delivers reliable, efficient, and quality compressed air to your plant; eliminating downtime and saving you money. We are proficient in working on all brands, models, sizes, and types of compressed air systems. If your business relies on compressed air, you need a partner with the industry experience, knowledge, and expertise to keep your facility up and running. Eliminate guess-work, contact C.H. Reed to set up a preventative maintenance program today.



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