Compressors power a significant number of plant equipment; therefore, plant managers should be well prepared for compressor breakdowns because failure occurs without notice. Use of compressors demands solid backup plans to ensure continuity of plant operations. However, with improved compressor technology, you should hire models with the latest features to increase reliability and lower operational costs. This article highlights some of the latest features to consider when utilising a compressor hire.
Since compressors running on traditional technology operate at maximum speeds continuously, they only stop when compressed air has reached the right pressure. The downside of the conventional mechanism is energy inefficiency. The reason is that the compressor's motor has to maintain high speeds irrespective of load requirements. Current compressors are equipped with variable speed drives (VSD) to eliminate the inefficiency. The VSD mainly affects the fan and pump functions where the AC drive controls the motor's speed, consequently saving energy. Additionally, a variable speed drive controls voltage as well as the current's waveform, thereby ensuring that performance is aligned with the application. Such accuracy in operation reduces power costs and possible power surges.
Monitoring of a traditional compressor system requires the physical presence of a plant manager. However, monitoring might suffer if the plant manager has a busy schedule which can affect the operation of the compressor system. Since the latest compressors are equipped with intelligent controls, physical presence for monitoring purposes is not necessary. With smart monitoring capabilities, you can control, manage and identify servicing needs remotely. Furthermore, intelligent controls allow you to adjust settings based on specific and real-time power needs rather than pre-determined levels. Besides, the advanced control algorithms that are present in adaptive controllers can detect changes in the environment and automatically adjust settings to adapt to prevailing environmental conditions. The result is better performance and reduced downtime.
Part of getting the most out of a rented compressor unit is predicting how it will behave in a plant's environment. However, accurate prediction is only possible if historical data is available for comparative analysis. Big data, a small section of data collection technology, allows plant managers to collect and use all the data from a compressor's entire system. Latest compressor versions store a lot of information that you can manage and use to target system issues. Consequently, you can use the data to predict with accuracy how operational changes will impact the compressor system's efficiency. Additionally, big data allows for an easy simulation-based analysis that is important in identifying solutions to potential issues such as cost, consumption, and equipment investment decisions.