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Compressor guide for small businesses

22 June 2017

Gardner Denver has released a new compressor guide for small industrial businesses that outlines the benefits of rotary vane technology.

Called ‘Hydrovane: one solution, all you need,’ the guide is available for free download from www.gardnerdenver.com/hydrovane-guide/

It considers how different compressor technologies can impact on cost of ownership, and how choosing the right model can help businesses to ensure a reliable, high-quality supply of air. 

Whether it’s powering air tols or supporting critical processes, a compressor will often be working for extended periods and needs to operate reliably to avoid any downtime and the inevitable delays this will create.

Most companies will default to using an existing compressor, perhaps an old piston or rotary screw model, without even realising that they’ve made a decision. Renowned for their durability and longevity, these machines are often inherited from a previous owner, or purchased second hand. They work day in and day out with little complaint, and as long as they produce sufficient quantities of air when required most small businesses won’t necessarily consider their overall cost of ownership or energy performance.

However, it is not uncommon to find sites using a compressor first installed 30 or 40 years ago. When capital investment needs to be considered carefully a seemingly reliable machine is unlikely to be high on the list of equipment replacement priorities, even if it is not performing as well as it could be.

The new guide therefore outlines some of the areas to consider when specifying a new machine, with the latest, rotary vane technology proposed as an option.

The Hydrovane Air Solution is one such solution. Its rotatory vane technology comes complete with all the required ancillaries to produce clean, dry air – air receiver, dryer and filtration – in one compact unit, to save on installation time and cost. 

Models are available from 4 to 22kW in both fixed and regulated speeds, with automatic start/stop, low noise levels, dry air and filtration down to 0.01 micron. Designed and manufactured in the UK, the machine offers an extended warranty programme designed to deliver comprehensive warranty cover for up to 10 years or 48,000 operating hours.

Steve Downes, Hydrovane sales manager at Gardner Denver, said: “We have created this guide to provide practical advice to those whose businesses depend on reliable and efficient compressed air. The tips it offers on maintenance and spare parts could help prevent a small problem becoming a major cause of downtime, so companies can continue to get the best out of their compressor.

“To that end, we would encourage all operators to choose a compressor that best suits their level of demand. In the case of smaller business owners, we would advise they take a look at rotary vane technology, as it provides reliability, efficiency, and quality on a more appropriate scale to their needs.”