Leaner, Meaner Air Compressors that Won’t Let You Down

Direct-drive technology is now available in the lower horsepower range of air compressors, offering significant power margins while slashing energy and maintenance costs.

(PRWEB) February 2, 2005 -- The challenge of containing energy and maintenance costs while ensuring a reliable supply of available air is a prime reason why many industrial users of compressed air are turning to direct-drive electric air compressor systems.

By eliminating moving parts such as belts, gears and pulleys, direct-drive rotary screw air compressors have fewer moving parts; hence, they are less likely to fail or require service or replacement parts. Fewer moving parts also mean added efficiency, which translates into energy savings.

“We were frequently running out of air with our piston compressors,” says Jim Cook, Construction Manager of Pick Your Part, the nation’s leading self-service auto wrecker. “Now we use 25- and 30-HP direct drive units from Sullivan-Palatek to ensure that we can meet our demand for continuous and efficient air availability.”

With nine large yards located throughout California, Pick Your Part has helped to protect the state’s environment by recycling auto parts and ensuring that fluids are disposed of according to EPA requirements.

“We use air-driven tools and pumps to empty vehicles of anti-freeze, motor oil, transmission oil, fluids and gasoline,” Cook explains. “The direct-drive Sullivan-Palatek air compressors have held up to our constant demand for air with very little maintenance.” Pick Your Part also uses compressed air to disassemble motors and to remove motor parts, wheels and tires.

The most popular direct drive air compressors in the 5-60 HP range are manufactured by Sullivan-Palatek®. These small-but-mighty systems provide up to 8% improved efficiency and energy savings over gear- and belt-driven models, often resulting in saving thousands of kilowatt-hours of electricity per unit annually.

Cook says 25 HP Sullivan-Palatek compressors are standard with Pick Your Part, although the firm recently installed the 30 HP model at its 64-acre Sun Valley, CA location. “We use such a high volume of air at that location that we now have installed a lead-lag (dual) system there. The additional 30 HP we get from the new unit gives us the necessary power margin - added working room - plus added efficiency and economy.”

One of the design advantages offered by the Sullivan-Palatek system results from the use of larger airend assemblies, which results in slower turning rotors, hence improved air compressor system operating efficiency. The manufacturer takes pride in providing extended service life and higher pressure using lower horsepower.

Established in 1984, Sullivan-Palatek manufactures electric and diesel driven high performance rotary screw air compressors along with a complete line of accessory items which include air dryers, filters, remediation systems and construction air tools.

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