Posted: March 12, 2014
Kaeser: blog for the compressed air user
Source: Susan Hodges, System Design Engineer, Kaeser Compressors, Inc.
The purchase price of a compressor is an important consideration when comparing new equipment options, but it’s only one of several cost components that affect the overall cost of owning and operating an air system. Low price options often have higher life cycle costs.
Installation, energy, maintenance and repair, as well as lost time and materials each greatly impact the overall bottom line of your compressed air system. Be sure to consider each of these other cost drivers as you are making a purchasing decision. In many cases, the benefits in one area outweigh the costs in another and vice versa.
Installation: The equipment you select directly impacts installation costs. It’s common for buyers to build separate rooms or structures to isolate noisy, vibrating compressors from employees and customers for the sake of safety and comfort. When selecting equipment, it is always a good idea to review the sound pressure level, general environmental requirements, such as air intake and discharge, and general electrical requirements of the equipment. Choices in piping also impact installation time and labor.