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  • Peg Minichiello

6 Factors That Affect Performance of an Air Compressor

Air compressors are designed to produce compressed air which is crucial in many industries such as the food and pharmaceutical markets. But like any machine, there are bound to be factors that hinder the compressor from operating at its best.

We’ll look at common factors that affect the performance of air compressors. This will help you know what to look out for and take the necessary measures needed to ensure smooth functionality of the units.

Types of Compressors Affected

There are many aspects that affect the operational efficiency of an air compressor. It’s important to note that these factors usually affect two types of air compressors: rotary screw and centrifugal. We list the factors below.

Factors That Affect Operational Efficiency of an Air Compressor

The Intake Conditions

The intake conditions in which the air compressor is operating in are known to affect its performance. These conditions are usually dependent on the weather and location of the air compressor & they include:

  • Ambient temperature

  • Relative humidity

  • Absolute pressure

Power Supply

Power supply affects the performance of an air compressor. You have to measure the following aspects:

  • Voltage

  • Frequency

  • Power factor

Operating Pressure

You need to determine the operating pressure and ensure that it’s in accordance with the

FAD specifications stated by the manufacturer.

Motor Efficiency

The condition of the air compressor significantly affects its performance. With any machine, the parts tend to wear and tear over time. It’s important to ensure your air compressor is

continuously serviced to ensure optimum performance over time.

Air Compression Unit

Like motor efficiency, the condition of the air compression system also affects the efficiency of the unit. It’s important to monitor the condition of the mechanical parts as well as turbulence and friction of air.

Drains and Leakages

Certain parameters such as air losses due to water drains affect the performance of an air compressor. In addition, factors such as internal compressor leakages and internal compressed air use need to be monitored.

How We Can Help?

The performance of air compressors must be measured according to international standards—the ISO 5389 to be exact. Only specialists in the industry would know exactly which standards to adhere to. This is why we suggest you give use a call today so we can talk more about your concerns and offer you expert advice. We can be reached on 925.667.3400/

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