Compressed air systems play a vital role in construction operations, and with so many options, it’s not always easy to know what to look for. Mark Jackson, Director of Business Development, HPC plc, explains some points to consider when choosing a compressed air solution to support construction equipment.
1- Efficient operation
Check beneath the hood for efficiency features, such as an energy-saving fan, or air filter with safety elements. Downtime for maintenance can have a huge impact on any construction operation, so find out whether your chosen air compressor has been built for quick and easy maintenance to maximise uptime.
For example, the HPC KAESER Mobillair M255 features an oil separation system that uses cartridges that can be screwed on and off quickly and easily, which significantly reduces the time needed for maintenance. It also contains an efficient Cummins engine with 210 kW of power, a diesel particulate filter and an SCR system, meaning that the M255 fulfils 'Stage V' emission or 'Tier 4 final' regulations.
2- Safe operation
Safety is of paramount importance, especially in construction operations where people are required to operate machinery, often in demanding environments. Check whether the compressed air system you choose has safety features such as lashing eyes and climbing aids as standard. If you require a road-going compressor, has it been designed with safety in mind for transporting and parking?
3- Simple and straightforward operation
Your compressed air solution should assist the operation, not complicate it further. Look for an air compressor that will be straightforward and user friendly, aiding efficient operation when time is critical.
Operation of the HPC KAESER M255 mobile air compressor, for example, is simple, even when wearing work gloves. It is equipped with a new operating concept featuring a rotary switch and a touch display. The innovative pV control featured on the Mobilair M255 also means the operator only has to choose between two pressure levels. The set pressure 'p' directly influences the maximum flow rate 'V'. With a maximum available flow rate of 25.5 m³/min, the same system can deliver pressures ranging between 6 and 14 bar. For instances when the application does not require high pressures, the 10 bar version delivers even more compressed air.
4- Security and tracking options
One of the challenges posed with mobile equipment is the ability to track location and performance of the equipment. Look for a compressed air system that features its own security and tracking system. The HPC KAESER M255 can be equipped with a device that allows remote monitoring of the machine's location and operating data, so that the operator knows where the machine is at all times, as well as being able to keep track of how the system is operating and its status.
HPC KAESER is currently offering 36 months of telematics fitted to a range of its portable air compressor units, from the M82 to the M255 models, free of charge.
5- Service support
Reliable, round the clock service and maintenance support is a must for air compressors used in intense construction operations. When selecting an air compressor, make sure it will be supported with service and maintenance by qualified engineers, available around the clock, and throughout the year to keep your operation running smoothly.
The HPC KAESER Mobilair 255 is the largest oil-injected portable compressor from HPC KAESER and is perfect for drilling, quarrying or blasting work. Not only is it compact, it also features a powerful Stage V engine, and it’s safe and easy to use. As it weighs less than 3.5 tonnes, even when fully equipped, the road-going version can be towed with a pick-up, whilst the tandem chassis with overrun brake ensures maximum safety when towing and parking.
Speak to an HPC KAESER specialist to find an air compression system that meets the needs of your operation, today. All equipment from HPC is supported by experienced and knowledgeable engineers and a nationwide network of authorised distribution partners. Contact us 24/7, 365 days a year on 0845 4300 472 or via our website.