Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Critical Tips for Fini Air Compressor

10 Critical tips when installing your Fini Air Compressor

1. Install compressor in well ventilated area.

2. Check oil level before 1st start-up. Top up only with recommended oil (Flush out the sump at least every three years).

3. Check oil level weekly with machine cold and power off. Drain condensate water from tank also with machine cold and power off.

4. Check machine for oil leaks. If any found, report immediately to compressor supplier.

5. Start/stop compressor at panel buttons only.
(Emergency stop button for emergency use only).

6. Sit compressor on rubber pads provided and connect to pipework via flexible hose.

7. Check rotation

8. When first installed; start compressor and check running amps/volts.

9. Fit isolator. For safety reasons fit next to compressor.

10. Important Reminder: Ensure power cable and fuse breaker are correctly rated. (See your electrician if in doubt)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Carbon Monoxide Accident

Learn how a simple manoeuvre nearly ended in disaster

This is a true Story

A man paint spraying, let’s call him Tom, was supplying his spray gun from an engine driven air compressor. Tom was busy in his workshop with the compressor safely running outside in the open air. He was wearing a breathing mask which was also being supplied with compressed air from the same petrol compressor.

It was a fine day so he decided to move outside and spray his work in the sunshine. But now the compressor was too loud beside him so, to reduce the noise, he put the air compressor in the shed he had just vacated.
A half of an hour later Tom was lying on the ground in the bright sunshine, unconscious. Someone found him and removed the air fed mask from his face, an ambulance was called and Tom was rushed to hospital. Fortunately, Tom survived; he’s well again and back in his workshop spraying better than ever. The hospital doctor said, “Had the mask been left on his face for another ten minutes, he would have undoubtedly died”.

When Tom closed the shed door on the petrol compressor, he unwittingly trapped all the carbon monoxide produced by the engine in the shed. Since the air compressor was drawing in the lethal air trapped in his workshop and because the same lethal air was being fed to Tom’s face mask, the result was Deadly. So please remember;
Ordinary “in-line” Oil removal filters do not trap carbon monoxide.
(And never allow your compressor to be situated near exhaust fumes)
We at C.A.C. totally disapprove of using engine driven air compressors for Air Fed Face Masks. We recommend using, where possible, a self contained helmet which includes battery, intake fan and an excellent filter housing to “Asbestos” standard. This is totally independent of the air compressor. You can buy one from us or any good safety centre.
For your safety, please download from our website the Only Compressed Air Safety Manual in the world. Many young people leave college and go straight into a working life with little or no training on compressed air. Many adults also work with compressed air having little knowledge of the possible mis-uses. Our industry is the safest in Europe, let’s keep it that way. Contact us if you require extra copies Free of Charge.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mythbusters You Tube Video

Thursday, May 6, 2010

How does an Air Dryer work?

(The most popular method)

Compressed air runs through a series of copper or alloy tubes which are in turn submerged in a refrigerant or heat extracting liquid. The heat is removed with a fan blowing across a heat exchanger. This heat is usually returned to the compressed air after it has dried the saturated air by the reverse of the latter method. This is a form of energy return.

The principle is simple enough. If you chill the air down to +2oC then you cannot extract anymore water from the compressed air unless you operate air equipment in a lower temperature. Since most factories require at least 16oC to satisfy a good working environment, it stands to reason the compressed air will not shed any moisture. Most refrigerated dryers operate between +2 and +5oC. This is called “Pressure Dew Point”. The dryer cannot drop to 0oC because the trapped moisture would freeze and block the air supply. Desiccant dryers overcome this problem and can produce a dew point of -70oC.

Please note: Moisture in compressed air causes rust, clogging and of course can freeze in the air lines during winter. This can lead to a multitude of problems, some of which are inevitably dangerous.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Re-use the heat from your Air Compressor

Compressing air releases heat so you can recover up to 95% of this heat in your operation. You could direct warm air into your workshop, warehouse etc. And the good news is this heat recovery may not cost you one extra cent!! Call Alan at 041-9836923 so we may help you save €€€'s

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Who needs a whipping?

When disconnecting an air line from a quick release coupling, keep a firm grip on the flexible air line. Remember, the air begins escaping instantly and the air line will react with a 'whipping' action if not held firmly. This whipping action may cause serious injury. Correctly installed flexible air lines should have minimum reaction when disconnected. Safety couplings prevent the whipping action.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Potential Dangers Using an Air Compressor

Compressed Air can be painfully fatal!

What follows are examples of the potential injuries that can occur even in a simple dust off situation of the “we’ve done this forever” or “I’ve done it a thousand times”, category.

Employees in a woodworking business were using an air compressor and blow gun to clean sawdust off their clothes. One man pushed the air hose between the legs of another worker. Results:

· Bruises and bleeding
· Shock
· Abdomen and hernia canals ballooned
· Bowel torn open in three places
· Abdominal cavity filled with fluid, blood and other matter
· Abdominal cavity membranes torn in several places

Operations failed to save the man’s life. He died within three hours. Investigations showed that the air compressor was operating at 100 psi at the time.

One man in a Massachusetts factory was killed in exactly the same way.

Another had a narrow escape when cleaning the palm of his hand with a blow gun connected to an air compressor, the air entered his body through the pores of his skin and inflated his whole arm for nearly three days.

More to follow........