We continue to provide the South West of England with the highest standard of service to compressed air users. Since my father Mr W.B.Jacques founded the company in 1966. the company has continued to grow through friendly and personal commitment.
What Types of Machinery Use Compressed Air?
The use of compressed air in industrial applications is universally so widespread that it is considered the fourth utility alongside electricity, water and gas.
A machine that produces compressed air is usually powered by electricity and provides air that is stored at a much higher pressure than that of the atmosphere. The compressed air can be released when required to power a variety of tools and machinery.
Most people will be familiar with the use of pneumatic drills, presses, and other power tools in construction and other areas of public work; these are driven by compressed air. Similarly, the use of air brakes, which use compressed air, in larger goods road vehicles and railway rolling stock is also very familiar. In industry, typical types of machinery using compressed air will include:
- all kinds of tools for drilling and moving weight and volume
- presses to form materials
- lifting equipment
- High-pressure air jets for cleaning heavy equipment
The applications are so widespread it would be a lengthy process to list most. Compressed air is used in all industries, from manufacturing, processing, food, transport including shipping, and construction. It is also utilised in the medical world, for example, some dental equipment is powered by compressed air systems. More domestic and everyday uses of compressed air will be found in:
- public transport systems such as railways, buses and heavy goods road vehicles for operating brakes and doors
- fitness equipment that produces resistance through use of compressed air
- construction work in the operation of tools and plant such as diggers and lifting vehicles
- underwater breathing apparatus
- pressure jet washing equipment
- sprinkler systems
Servicing Compressed Air Equipment
Like any other equipment used daily, a compressed air system needs to be maintained to the highest standard or problems will arise. Air compression tools are not overly complicated and do not require a huge amount of daily maintenance. The simplicity of the machinery is what makes the use of compressed air a viable option.
However, daily routine checks and observation are vital, as is inspection and servicing which should be undertaken at regular intervals, with any identified issues addressed immediately.
One of the most common problems encountered is a loss of pressure which affects the efficiency of the equipment being powered. Loss of pressure can be a result of mechanical failure or blocked or degraded filters. A common cause of failure and damage is inadequate condensate management. Air compressor systems use oil lubrication and eject condensate that has been contaminated by oil through filters, drains and dryers. The generation of compensating is an inevitable result of the process of generating compressed air and cannot be avoided. There will also be other contaminating particles, and these can damage the systems and cause interruption to production and work.
The removal and disposal of condensate are governed by legislation and therefore must be carried out to a standard that meets regulations, which will include local requirements. The ultimate goal is to ensure that condensate and oil product are removed from the air pressure system, and the resultant waste is legally disposed of in a manner that is eco-friendly.
Compressed air equipment available to ensure economic safe and reliable supply of compressed air to your points of use. The following equipment to be designed supplied and installed to suit your individual compressed air needs and create your very own compressed air system.