Most of us know how important location is in retail business. Although location when it comes to support equipment is just as crucial if not more so.
Support equipment, pumps, blowers, and air compressors more often than not are put where an existing one was, and this is not always best. Many factors in today’s modern equipment era should be observed and considered.
Let’s take an air compressor for example, over the years the majority are put in mechanical rooms with little or no ventilation and sometimes, with other heat generating equipment. Considering that an air cooled rotary screw runs 100% above Ambient when it’s BRAND new, shouldn’t we try and give the compressor as much fresh cool, dry air to compress as possible?
A safe idea is outside and under roof but let’s take this to the next step and say the north eastern side of the facility if possible. 100% over our normal temperatures here in the south doesn’t give us much of a band when normal shut downs are 225 degrees. That’s why we don’t want that eye in the sky “Sun” baking on our unit all afternoon.Not to mention how direct sunlight can fade controller faces and eventually render them unreadable.
Now if we can’t go outside, let’s make sure the inside location is still cool, dry and has adequate ventilation, preferably to the outside. An outside wall to exhaust our heat would be a great idea, this is important so that we don’t recycle our heated air off of our cooler back to compression. A good idea for our intake and exhaust is to draw from outside or intake and, blow-exhaust to the outdoors as well.
There are many variables that should be considered when installing a new piece of support equipment the better decisions we make now, can save a lot of headaches later.
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