Providing public transport workshop and commercial vehicle air compressor solutions
For a commercial vehicle or public transport workshop, the working pressure of the compressor installation may be required up to 14 bar (203 psi) and should be a minimum of 10 bar (145 psi). However, careful consideration should be given to the maximum working pressure restrictions of any existing compressed air pipework or equipment.
By the nature of the size of the vehicles, garage equipment and components typically found in these environments, the demands on the compressed air installation and supply are that bit different to the standard mechanical workshop.
Traditional reciprocating compressors can appear as an attractive proposition in commercial vehicle workshops because they are relatively cheap to buy and the maintenance requirements are low compared to modern rotary screw compressors (particularly if no maintenance is carried out at all). However, viewed long term the efficiency of a rotary screw compressor eclipses that of the piston machine and there is also the significant benefits of quieter, cleaner air that prolongs the life of specialist air tools, workshop equipment and the compressed air pipework itself.
In the modern commercial vehicle and public transport workshop, a reliable, efficient supply of good quality compressed air is a vital component that operates a variety of specialist compressed air tools and garage equipment.
Key factors to consider when sizing a compressor package for commercial vehicle and public transport applications include:
- The number of workshop technicians using compressed air
- Any additional or specialist workshop equipment requiring compressed air
- The compressed air quality and working pressure that is specified
- Maximum working pressure restrictions of any existing compressed air pipework or equipment
- Consideration of any potential future expansion (in the next 5 to 10 years)
In addition to these sizing considerations, there are also many other factors to consider and plan including the provision of power, noise considerations, siting and installation of a compressor or system, current legislation and regulations affecting commercial workshop equipment.
The best solution is to consult, discuss and consider expert advice from automotive industry recognised and certified suppliers with experience of the specific requirements of commercial vehicle and public transport workshops for which HPC Compressed Air Systems would be pleased to help.