Due to their various motor compositions and features, there are many possibilities for air compressor technology advancements. Whether utilizing variable speed drive - frequency inverter regulation (IVR), interior permanent magnet (iPM), direct drive, or belt/gear-driven arrangements, the latest rotary screw compressors are very efficient.
In a related article, we discussed these engine arrangement benefits in more detail, while briefly mentioning monitoring and control tools. This text goes further into those components while emphasizing their added value. In addition, we'll discuss related features that help keep maintenance & operational costs at a minimum.
Available on some Mark rotary screw air compressors, the ES4000T controller is an onboard monitoring tool. The benefit of this technology is its Wi-Fi capabilities. While gathering useful information, it uploads information for remote access if you opt in for an ICONS plan. This means you can check the status of your equipment from anywhere.
ICONS also provides service alerts to keep your equipment running smoothly. If you're running a smart factory, the ES4000T controller is an excellent addition.
There's also the ECOntrol6i controller to synchronize all your compressors. As an optional touchscreen tool, you'll gain useful analytics and insight on your entire set up. It's useful for dividing workload across production, ensuring minimal wear and tear.
If you're using a compressor with a variable speed motor, it's important to know where your air pressure demand is going. Not only will such information reduce downtime, but also help you make better informed decisions in the future.
You can even add these controls to older machines, if you're not ready for a full new equipment upgrade. This is a great first step in better understanding your current compressed air set-up.
Due to the complex arrangements of rotary screw air compressors (compared to piston models), they come with protective features and elements. All our models come with an optional integrated dryer, suitable for most applications.
You'll also find a water separator, energy recovery, premium filters, and IP66 dust protection on most modern rotary screw air compressors. Energy recovery is a useful benefit for maximizing output and efficiency.
While utilizing the heat generated from an air compressor, this feature recirculates thermal energy - ensuring minimal waste. Since it helps reduce power usage, energy recovery contributes to lower CO2 emissions.
Taking into account the dry environment required for optimal air compressor performance, we've designed our equipment accordingly. In doing so, we've made it easy for you to get running as soon as possible and maximize the lifespan of your equipment.
As pointed out in this article, rotary screw air compressors come with a wide range of technological advancements. Not only do these help reduce wear and downtime, but also contribute to lower energy costs.
We touched upon efficiency standards above. With government restrictions becoming tighter around air quality and emissions, we're building next generation machines ready for the future.
Despite the higher cost of investment of a rotary screw air compressor, vs. piston models, they pay for themselves during their lifetime. Piston compressors are quite limited in their capabilities, and don't come with the advanced technology and features mentioned above.
This point is relevant since electricity costs make up more than 80% of owning and operating an air compressor. As these prices continue to rise, it's a good time to evaluate your current set up. Mentioned above, investing in equipment with the ES4000T and ECOntrol6i will future proof your production.
Of course, choosing the right compressor is not always an easy choice. Our localized teams are ready to assist you in optimizing your set-up. Whether you're adding additional equipment or replacing machines, we can help.
To get started, it's important to consider your industrial application(s), size requirements, and compressed air needs. Throughout this process, you may find you're running equipment that's too big or small for your needs. In both cases, there's unnecessary energy wasted.
While it may seem better to invest in big machines to prepare for anticipated production, it's always best to get the right size. You can always invest in additional equipment at a later moment. Since our machines function as a system, compatibility is never an issue.
If it's time for you to upgrade or replace your set-up, contact us today. We'll walk you through everything discussed in this article. We hope the information we provided helps in making an informed decision, while showing the versatility rotary screw compressor technology offers.
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