Contact-cooled compressors offer increased efficiency
With features such as a smaller footprint than previous offerings, easy installation and intelligent controls, the family of contact-cooled compressors from Ingersoll Rand can assist in the ongoing quest for energy efficiency in a variety of high-use markets.
With features such as a smaller footprint than previous offerings, easy installation and intelligent controls, the family of contact-cooled compressors from Ingersoll Rand can assist in the ongoing quest for energy efficiency in a variety of high-use markets. The redesigned compressors are designed for use in automotive, metal fabrication, conveyance, textile manufacturing and other applications.
The new compressors feature a proprietary Intelligent Controller. It's equipped with intuitive operator control that includes an easy-to-understand LCD graphic interface. Other characteristics of the controller include selectable software with adjustable operating parameters, a built-in sequencer that can coordinate up to three machines and time-saving diagnostics with displays that identify and alert operators of system overload with machine shut-down when required. The unit's Rapid Stop power conservation system eliminates unloaded running time and protects motors.
The compressors maintain a steady 115 F running temperature to ensure greater tolerance of environmental influences that can create overheat events and nuisance shutdowns. Their sickle-shaped blade design delivers more efficient cooling by reducing drag while reducing noise emission.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.