If you are thinking about upgrading your plant's air tanks and compressed air systems, you might want to go bigger (that's right, bigger). In this case, bigger is better. Here is how industrial-sized air tanks make for better air compressors.
Bigger Tank Equals More Compressed Air
If your plant has a tendency to overuse the compressed air system such that the air tanks are taxed, then a bigger air tank can really make a difference. The bigger tank equals more air, and the more air your system has access to, the more air it can compress and use. Your air supply and the whole system is taxed less frequently, and your employees spend less time waiting for the compressors to refill and compress.
Bigger Tank Equals Less Time Waiting for the System to Be Ready
Because you have a bigger tank, your employees are spending less time waiting for the system to "refill." When the tank is full of compressed air, it stays full for a very long time. If you leave the compressor engine running, then the tank continues to auto-fill and it can save you a little bit of money. If you consider the amount of energy your compressors need, electrical and otherwise, to start up, fill, and exert force, it takes much more energy to do this from a cold start than it does if you left the compressor engines running. With the enormous tanks of air that will refill while they are still running, you will save your plant time and money.
Bigger Tank Also Equals a Greater Reserve of Compressed Air
If you have a large tank operating all of the time and another large tank as a reserve or backup tank, then you have a greater reserve of backup air when you need it. Some factories may resort to a smaller backup tank because they think it is less expensive, but then you run the risk of the small tank needing to constantly take a break, refill, and re-compress. That is typically not cost-effective in the long run. If your plant has more than enough room (above ground or below it) to install more than one large air tank and use one or more as the backup tank(s), then in may prove to be a very worthy investment. Ask your industrial compressed air expert about all of the ways in which larger tanks can make a difference for the better in your factory.
For more information, contact a company like Compressor-Pump & Service, Inc.