Air Tool Management and Maintenance
June 30, 2021
Did you know that 9 out of 10 factories globally use air tools and compressors? With that many operations relying on this equipment for their daily operations, it’s important they are getting the most out of it with their air tool management and maintenance.
Here’s how you can improve it to overcome any challenges and drawbacks.
How to Tackle Common Challenges
Bad Air Infrastructure
When it comes to your main air infrastructure, adding more tools, piping and connections will increase pressure drops, running costs and reduce efficiency. By taking the time to plan your overall air infrastructure for your operations, it will be more beneficial in terms of productivity, energy and money.
Take a closer look at your air pressure to make sure it isn’t too low and keep an eye on your pressure drops to confirm they are kept as low as possible. Both of these aspects will help to maintain high productivity and energy savings.
Improve the Air Line
There are a variety of factors that can affect your air line when it comes to using air tools:
- Distance: The distance between the air tool and the offtake should be as short as possible, preferably only between 3-5 metres, to maximise efficiency and performance.
- Air Consumption: Simply put, the larger the air consumption of the tool, the larger the size of the air line system and accessories. Use the correct sized piping and couplings in line with the tool’s air consumption to ensure the correct air pressure to the tools.
- Working Environment: Your air line should be tailored to your working environment. Outdoor use or rough environments require more resistant air lines, due to exposure to water and moisture, compared to indoor use and sheltered environments.
Other Top Tips for Air Tool Management
- Always look out for leakages; listen for them and avoid them at all costs!
- Do not use hoses longer than 3-5 metres to ensure maximum efficiency
- Always use the correct type of hose for your application
- For the best performance, use full flow couplings
- Utilise a regulator to set and monitor the air pressure to the optimum levels for your tools and operation
- Always use clean and dry compressed air
If you’re looking for ways to get the most out of your air tools and the best way to maintain both the equipment and your operations, come to Air Power East for expert advice, guidance, and high-quality products.
Contact us directly to speak to one of our friendly team members about your requirements today.