Compressed Air Operations Manual: An Illustrated Guide to Selection, Installation, Applications, and Maintenance by Brian S. Elliott.
Chapter 1. The History of Compressed Air
Chapter 2. Compressed Air Applications
Chapter 3. Compressor Types
Chapter 4. The Conservation of Mass and Energy as Applied to Compressed Air
Chapter 5. The Compressed Air Supply
Chapter 6. Compressed Air Dryers
Chapter 7. Support Components
Chapter 8. Pneumatic Controls
Chapter 9. Electrical Controls
Chapter 10. Maintenance
Chapter 11. Energy and Costs Associated with Compressed Air
Chapter 12. System Models
Chapter 13. Specifying a Compression System
Chapter 14. Conducting an Air Audit
Chapter 15. Single-Stage Home-Built Air Compressor
Chapter 16. Home-Built Compressed Air Drying System
Preface: The purpose of this book is to provide a basic understanding of the compressed air systems, equipment, and technologies that are available on the market today. You might have many years of experience with a specific compression system, but the catalogs and sales literature just aren’t providing you with the information you need. Maybe you’ve just been assigned the compression system as part of your responsibilities and you have no experience whatsoever with this type of equipment. Oftentimes, the compressors are the bastard child of a company’s capital equipment and no one in particular is responsible for them. If you head up the company’s maintenance department, the compressors probably fall under your responsibilities. You may be a salesman who works with pneumatic-powered equipment and, from time to time, are asked to comment on your customer’s compression systems.
In any case, this book will give you the baseline information that will allow you to make well-informed decisions about specifying, expanding, or assessing a compression system. Like many technical people, I felt that I had a clear conceptual understanding of air compression, I mean, what’s to know? You suck in some air, you smash it into a tank. Simple! I even built an air compressor from an old auto AC pump and a piece of pipe when I was in high school.
In the early days of my career whenever I had to deal with air compression, I was bombarded with a myriad of information from all sorts of manufacturers and dealers, which, in most cases, seemed contradictory. I was forced to rely on the advice and the expertise of sales people and factory technical support, whose primary job was to sell their company products. Like almost anyone that is placed into that position, I generally selected the cheapest solution that was presented to me and in doing so, my employers and I slowly got a very costly education in air compression.
As it turns out, buying the least expensive alternative is rarely the right decision in the world of compressed air. When using price as your primary criteria, you generally wind up with a system that is inadequate for your needs and, invariably, are forced to spend much more money down the road than if you had just purchased the right equipment in the first place. I can tell you from actual experience, your boss doesn’t want to hear “We need to buy a second air compressor, because the one we just got isn’t big enough.” This can really put you in a spot. Similarly, if you’re a salesperson, you really don’t want your customer calling you up 3 months after you sold him a system and hear “The motor on the compressor burned up this morning. What’s the deal? You said that this compressor was big enough.
” I’m not suggesting that you need to be a compression engineer to properly select an air compressor. However, a cursory understanding of air compression and the basics of the equipment will arm you with enough information so that you can ask the right questions. This will allow you to sift through all the information that you will receive and make reasonably informed decisions for your specific application. This will also have the added advantage of keeping you from looking completely incompetent in the eyes of your boss or customers.
“ Brian S.Elliott”.
⏩Edition: 1st Edition
⏩Author: Brian S. Elliott
⏩Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies
⏩Size: 5.30 MB
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