Facts and Tips about Energy-Efficient Air Compression

Eaton Compressor & Fabrication, Inc., manufactures more than 2,000 unique air compressor models. Since 1977, Eaton Compressor & Fabrication has specialized in energy-efficient air compressors.

Air compressor units are used by more than 70 percent of the nation’s major manufacturers and other industrial operations. With this in mind, the inclusion of an energy-efficient air compressor unit can amount to major savings. In fact, a refined air compression system can reduce overall costs for a manufacturing plant by anywhere from 30 to 60 percent. A considerable amount of these costs can be attributed to the compressor itself, as the energy used by it equates to about six times the compressor’s initial value.

Proper controls and sufficient storage are two key factors when it comes to maximizing compressed air efficiency. Additional steps to maximize a unit’s level of efficiency include regularly monitoring the compressor for system errors, staying abreast of developments at energy-efficient air compression manufacturers, repairing any leaks as quickly as possible, and making any necessary adjustments to a unit’s piping system.

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The National Tractor Pullers Association’s Championship Pulling Series

Englewood, Ohio’s Eaton Compressor & Fabrication manufactures a full line of industrial air compressors that it distributes across the United States. Outside of the workplace, the company remains visible throughout the state of Ohio through its Buy Polar Pulling Team. The Eaton Compressor team recently participated in a National Tractor Pullers Association competition at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

Managed by World Pulling International for more than 23 years, the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) sets the pulling industry standard for rules and safety regulations. The organization got its start in 1969 under the direction of representatives from throughout the Midwest. Regional pulling associations around the world respect the NTPA’s expertise and use the authoritative NTPA Rulebook to officiate competition.

From its current headquarters in Worthington, Ohio, the NTPA oversees the NTPA Championship Pulling Series, an international sports organization that hosts more than 280 events in the United States and Canada. Rural America’s most well-known network, the RFD-TV cable network, airs the NTPA Championship Pulling series three times a week.

Choosing an Air Compressor

Eaton Compressor & Fabrication is a manufacturer of rotary-, gas-, and diesel-powered, electric piston, and portable air compressors. With over 2,000 unique models carried under the company’s Polar Air compressor brand, Eaton Compressor provides a wide range of products to customers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Eaton Compressor also offers customized pump, tank, motor, and accessory options, in addition to personalized paint colors and graphics.

As air compressors come in several shapes and sizes, there are many attributes that a customer should consider when choosing a new model. An air compressor’s cubic-feet-per-minute (CFM) rating is an important factor, as it determines the amount of air pressure that the machine provides. Potential buyers should take note of the CFM requirements of their air-powered tools and select an air compressor that exceeds them by at least 40 perccent to ensure adequate power.

Both gas- and electric-powered air compressor models are available, and buyers should consider their usual working environments when deciding between the two. For portable air compressors or compressors that will be used in locations without electricity, a gas-powered option may be necessary. Stationary air compressors typically have larger tanks than their portable counterparts, as well as more powerful motors. However, a portable option may be ideal for mobile working environments.

An Introduction to Air Compression Tools

Eaton Compressor & Fabrication, based in Clayton, Ohio, produces some of the quietest energy-efficient models of air compressors on the market today. Eaton Compressor also provides customers with a number of related accessories and other air tools.

Simply put, an air compressor is a device that forces air through a tube. A compressor can be used for a variety of household and professional tasks, and compression technology can be further applied to numerous air tools.

Inflating sports equipment or car tires is one of the most common uses for an air compressor around the house. Not only do compression owners save money and time by avoiding a gas-station pump, but they lower the likelihood of driving around in a vehicle with improper tire pressure, which can be dangerous and permanently affect a car’s fuel efficiency.

Air tools, including nail guns, socket wrenches, sanders, and cutting tools, tend to carry a lower price tag due to their dependence on a primary power source. This power source, the compressor, not only improves the overall power of each tool compared to those powered by individual cartridges, but by upgrading the compressor at any point, an individual’s entire air-tool set receives the upgrade by extension.

Air Gun Hazards

Eaton Compressor & Fabrication sells over 2,000 kinds of air compressors to the industrial marketplace. Air guns are often used with the Eaton Compressors to clean industrial workplaces.

Because compressed air exerts a great deal of force, the main worry connected with using an air gun concerns dead-ending the device against the skin, in which case air from the gun is likely to break through the skin and cause a variety of injuries, some of them fatal. Internal organs can be ruptured, or if the air is introduced into a nostril or through the ear, the respiratory system can be blown out, or an embolism can result.

Therefore, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends that air guns be operated at pressures of no more than 30 pounds per square inch. Dead-ending can also be prevented by equipping air guns with a safety tip, which automatically reduces the air pressure if a blockage or dead-ending occurs. Many companies prefer this method, since it allows the air gun operator to efficiently clean a work area without worrying about an injury.

Fly-back from chips or splinters of debris into the operator’s face is another safety concern. Fly-back can be avoided by utilizing a barrier or by using guns whose air flow keeps debris away from the operator. In addition, OHSA recommends the use of goggles and gloves when handling air guns. Hearing protection is also advised to safeguard the user from noise. Guns should never be used to clean debris off of one’s body or clothes.