It’s still winter. Whether you believe in what the groundhog or woodchuck says or not (sorry, Buckeye Chuck), it seems winter will hang around a while longer. That means now is a good time to revisit what you’re doing to take care of your compressed air systems.
Kaeser, the gold standard in air compressors, has great ideas. Here are five tips from them on how to winterize your compressed air system to prevent your plant or facility from costly repairs or worse … shutting down altogether.
Condensation could cause serious problems for your system.
What is heat trace tape? It’s tape — a flexible sticky substance — that enables you to wrap around pipes to keep them from freezing. You’ll need power though. If your facility is shutting down for any time during the winter, drain water from all lines before closing your plant.
Flashes of cold air can hurt your compressed air system. But you can’t be out at every moment, monitoring the temperature. Automatic thermostatically controlled louvers are recommended.
Recover the heat from the compressor outlet by moving warm air away to heat an adjacent room or recirculating the air the equipment is too cold.
Clean and rebuild separators, drains, and valves during the reduced production over the holidays and winter months. Separators and valves — not just drains – are susceptible to condensation.
Kaeser also has a video, making your checklist easier.