Safety Tips For Installing Your Air Compressor

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An air compressor installation in your industrial workshop can be an exciting new addition to the work line. However, you do have to follow the instructions carefully. Here are some safety tips worth following while you install an air compressor. 

Space and Lots of It

An air compressor needs lots of space around it. It may look out of place to clear three or more feet all the way around this work machine, but you will be glad later on when you have that much space. The space will help you clean, maintain, and repair the compressor without feeling cramped, stuck, or unable to maneuver around the compressor or maneuver parts of the compressor around without having to take something else apart. 

Additionally, do not install the compressor in a corner or too close to a wall. These machines can really heat up when they get going. That heat could transfer to the wall and eventually cause the wall to ignite. (At least, the paint could ignite; and in a work zone, you do not want that happening.)

Nothing Flammable, Liquid, or Perishable Near, on or Around the Compressor Body

Treat your compressor's main tank like something you should not ship through the mail. Nothing flammable, liquid, or perishable should be located on, near, or around the tank body. These things could drip onto the tank and cause smoke or fire when the compressor gets really warm. Drips can also end up inside ventilation areas of the machine, producing toxic fumes by accident. 

Use Shop Filtration Systems and Compressor Filters

Air compressors are used to spread/spray paint and finishes, as well as to air-dry painted objects and blow away dust and fumes. Use shop filtration systems overhead to remove particulates, and then use air filters in the actual compressor itself. It will prevent a lot of upper respiratory discomfort and injuries. 

Bolt the Tank to the Floor

It pays to keep the tank in one location at all times. Bolt the tank to the floor using steel harness straps. The straps hold the tank down and minimize noise, vibration, and application flaws that result with unsecured tanks. Noise pollution is reduced too. If you need the tank to move around or be more portable, get a special rolling ring with heavy duty casters so that the compressor tank rolls easily from one work station to the next as needed. 

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