Maintenance done on a industrial air compressor compressed air system is similar to those performed on automobiles. It includes replacing the fluids and the filters, adjustments of belts, inspection of the cooling water and repair of any leaks found. All parts of the industrial air compressor must be maintained following the guidelines provided by the manufacturer to avoid any damage or defects. Most often than not, manufacturers have their own inspection, scheduled maintenance and service when needed and should be followed accordingly. Though manufacturers have set a number of times in which the equipment must be maintained, the primary purpose is only to protect the equipment. Frequency of the maintenance may be increased as seen fit in order to increase its efficiency as well as to save cost and determine any problems beforehand. In order to make sure that the system is operating at its peak, there are factors that must be tracked and recorded such as the temperature, flow, pressure and power. The operator will know that the system is degrading once the power increases for the same standard pressure and flow rate used. This will also track the operation of the compressor and if it is still operating in its full capacity. A decrease of some sort will reflect in the factors recorded.
In order for a compressed air system to operate in its peak efficiency, it must be maintained properly. The best thing to do in order for operators to have a more organized maintenance is to determine what each part of the system needs, what it needs in order to operate smoothly, and to do the scheduled maintenance with reference to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Recorder data must not be forgotten as it will serve as a basis. Take notes of every observation and record all the meter readings especially for system parts such as the filters, dryers and compressors and any vital components included in the compressor system. In order to make sure that there are no unexpected shutdowns in the system during operation, the data from the control panel must be recorded, inspections must be done and noted and log sheets must be kept for further reference.