News and views about air compressors, air treatment, air reticulation and air measurement plant and equipment for a wide variety of industries...

Should I use a fixed-speed or variable-speed air compressor?

September, 15 2020

Whether you need an air compressor for a small workshop or perhaps you require a more advanced system for a manufacturing operation, there are now many different types and sizes of air compressor at your disposal. As technology has advanced so too has the technology that powers air compressors – there’s no longer a ‘one size fits all’. The type of air compressor that you choose for your business will be determined by a number of factors and it’s not as easy anymore as simply deciding between a rotary screw or a piston air compressor.

Oil-free versus oil-lubricated air compressors

August, 18 2020

Whether you run a workshop or a food manufacturing operation, there are now such a vast range of air compressors available that it can be hard to decide just which air compressor is right for you and the job at hand. One of the options to consider when you go to purchase a new air compressor is whether you should choose an oil-lubricated air compressor or an oil-free air compressor.

The benefits of on-site nitrogen generators for breweries

July, 14 2020

Beer has long been the drink of choice for many Kiwis over the years and this popularity only continues to increase with the rise of craft beer. While popping down to your local shops to pick up a beer or two is simple enough, the process behind producing beer is actually quite complex. Large steel tanks are used nowadays to produce high volumes of beer and high-tech automated systems are used to keep the whole operation ticking along in the background.

These types of systems for beer production can come with an expensive price tag however, recent advancements in technology which include the use of on-site nitrogen generation have seen brewers save impressive amounts of money throughout the brewing process.

What materials should you use for compressed air piping?

June, 18 2020

Compressed air piping is essential for your compressed air system to operate – without compressed air piping, there’s no way for compressed air to get to where it needs to. Piping that’s inefficient for the job at hand or faulty could result in lost pressure, contamination and wasted power so it’s important to make sure that the piping you’re using is suitable for your factory or plant.

If you’re needing to install a new compressed air system or perhaps overhaul what you already have then it’s important to make sure that all components of your compressed air system are in correct working order – and that includes the piping that you use!

When is a rotary screw compressor better than a piston compressor?

May, 19 2020

There are now so many different types of air compressor on the market that it can be hard to decide which compressor will work best for your requirements. Popular types of air compressor available include the rotary screw compressor, and the piston compressor. Both have their own particular uses and benefits, but what’s the difference?

To help you decide whether you need a rotary screw compressor or a piston compressor, we’ve outlined some of the main differences and benefits below! Read on to find out more.

What types of commercial sanitisation and fogging are there in NZ?

April, 15 2020

No matter what industry you work in, it’s always important to have a clean and hygienic space to work in. With the rise of viruses like COVID-19 and the flu-season almost upon us now can be a good time to evaluate the cleaning processes you have in place, and whether you need to invest in a more robust commercial option to keep your workplace clean and free from germs and contaminants.

Why you can't afford an old air compressor

February, 13 2020

Maintaining the efficiency of a compressed air system is a constant battle, with leaks, lost efficiency, oil or water ingress and increasing power bills being a considerable source of the problem. 

Compressed air systems consume 10% to 15% of all industrial electricity. And yet, compressed air is an inefficient form of energy – 90% of the input energy used is discharged as waste heat. This is not only costly from a sustainability standpoint – wasting energy means wasting money. Over a 10-year period, electricity costs make up 76% of a factory’s operating costs. In many cases, the electricity used by a compressed air system in a factory makes up the largest percentage of an increasingly expensive electricity bill. 

4 ways to make your factory more energy efficient

January, 21 2020

No matter how big or how small your factory is, there are always things that can be done to make it run more efficiently. Whether you’re looking to cut back costs or reduce your energy bill, there are a number of things that can be done to aid in an efficient workplace.

While you may not be able to implement all of the below, they provide a good outline of what you should be checking in your factory to make sure it’s running as efficiently as possible, as well as offering some suggestions for activities you can implement to help reduce costs. Here are 4 ways you can make your factory more energy efficient.

Shutdown maintenance cycles

December, 11 2019

When working in oil and gas, chemical or food processing industries, routine shutdowns are something that can’t be avoided. Planned shutdowns are essential in making sure that equipment is operating efficiently, it’s also a great way to extend the life of your equipment. But it’s not just larger businesses that can benefit from a planned maintenance and shutdown period. Workshops, panel and paint, manufacturing facilities and more can all see the rewards from taking time to ensure their plant and equipment like air compressors are looked after so you don’t see any unexpected breakdowns.

Compressed air quality standards

November, 27 2019

If you work in a business that manufactures food and beverages, pharmaceuticals or electronics and you require the use of compressed air then you will no doubt know the importance of having high quality compressed air on hand. Compressed air can contain unwanted substances like oil and water, so it’s important that the compressed air you’re using is up to the required standard for the job. Poor quality compressed air can affect operations and, depending on where you’re using the compressed air, these unwanted substances can impair your production results, staff health and end up costing you more money.