Hiring an air compressor unit is an ideal way to fulfil a short-term requirement for an increase in air demand, without having to go to the expense of purchasing the equipment for yourself. Rented air compressors can be used when testing new machinery, or if you have a large one-off contract where the requirement is not going to be permanent.
There is a range of companies that can provide air compressors for hire, but before you speak to a supplier it’s important to understand exactly what you require from the equipment, as this will ensure you make the right decision for your needs. Here we’ve put together some of the areas you need to be considering when you’re looking at air compressor hire packages.
The Type of Equipment
Deciding on the scope of the equipment that is required may seem like a simple choice that is based on the amount of volume and pressure that is needed, but there are more elements to factor in than this. You also need to consider the quality of the air that is supplied and this can be available both with and without cooling oil traces. 100% oil free compressed air can help to maintain equipment and ensure it operates smoothly.
You can speak to your supplier about external desiccant dryers that remove moisture from the air to limit pressure dew points and onboard filters to provide a high degree of filtration. They can also supply boilers, chillers or heat exchangers to ensure that the compressed air is at the right temperature.
Alongside the air compressor requirements, it’s important to choose a unit that fits into the available space. The air compressor hire company will have drawings of the dimensions of their units, so you’ll know exactly how much operating space is required.
You need to factor in where an available electrical supply is located, even if the compressor unit is diesel-powered, and what other activities will be taking place around this space, especially if your hire requirements are fairly long term.
It doesn’t matter how long the air compressor will be on site for, you’ll still need to consider the same safety aspects as if it was being fitted permanently. Many of the units available for rental have a spill-proof enclosure, but if this is not the case, you’ll need some form of containment in place.
The connection of a compressor air hose to the coupling is the most dangerous element, so you need to ensure that whip-checks are used correctly. Once your air compressor is in position, it’s crucial that all the operators are properly trained by the supplier, so that they understand exactly how to use the equipment and what safety issues they need to be aware of.
When you consider all the important elements first for each individual project it will enable you to choose and operate your air compressor successfully and safely, so that it provides benefits for your business.