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A typical plant that has not been well maintained will likely have a leak rate equal to 20 percent of total compressed air production capacity. On the other hand, proactive leak detection and repair can reduce leaks to less than 10 percent of compressor output.

In addition to being a source of wasted energy, leaks can also contribute to other operating losses. Leaks cause a drop in system pressure, which can make air tools function less efficiently, adversely affecting production. In addition, by forcing the equipment to run longer, leaks shorten the life of almost all system equipment (including the compressor package itself).

Increased running time can also lead to additional maintenance requirements and increased unscheduled downtime. Finally, leaks can lead to adding unnecessary compressor capacity.

How do you estimate the Size of Air Leaks?

Answer: It’s not very hard.  We’ll use the “TIME METHOD” to estimate percentage % of loss due to air leaks in your plant.

1-  Turn OFF all air operated end-user equipment. 2-  Start your air compressor and let it cycle 3 times 3-  Time the OFF-LINE / UNLOAD TIME (not pumping time) using your watch. (Example: 5 minutes) 4- Time the ON-LINE / LOAD TIME (pumping time) using your watch. (Example: 2 minutes) 5- Calculate total percentage of air leaks as follows:

Add the OFF / UNLOAD and the ON / LOAD times together:

Example: T(5 minutes)  +  T (2 minutes)= 7 minutes Divide  ON / LOAD time T (2 minutes) by the total minutes: 2 ÷ 7 = 0.29

The result tells you 29% of your air compressor’s CFM’s are maintaining your AIR LEAKS. This would mean that you are losing almost ONE THIRD of your compressed air to air leaks.

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Tommy McGuire
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Hose Reels offer an effective and practical solution to minimizing potential accidents, while increasing safety and efficiency in all types of industries.

Ask a Question:
What does OSHA say about workplace hose safety?

An OSHA guideline publication states:
“Hoses, cables, and other equipment shall be kept clear of passageways, ladders and stairs.”

OSHA says reduce your slips, trips and falls.
Slips, trips and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents, which cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities. The OSHA standard for walking and working surfaces apply to all permanent places of employment, except where only domestic, mining, or agricultural work is performed.

Consider adding reels to increase safety & efficiency with your electrical cords, welding cables, air hose, oil, grease, liquid/water or fuel hoses.

Ask a Question:
Why should my business use Hose Reels?

If your business or plant has multiple air hoses, electrical cords or welding cables- then industrial air hose reels and cord and cable reels can be one of your most effective equipment additions you’ll ever make…as well as one of the safest!

How safe are your workplace walkways?

Hose reels are an important part of workplace safety. Tripping accidents- which include tripping over hose –unfortunately are a main cause listed on incident reports. Adding hose reels can provide a cost effective solution to helping reduce accidents, while increasing safety and efficiency in all types of industries.

Hose reels offer an effective and practical solution to minimizing potential accidents, while increasing safety and efficiency in all types of industries. Reels may be spring rewind, manual hand rewind, or in cases of very heavy, long hoses- motorized reels work best.

Five Reasons to use Air Hose Reels:

1. Efficiency
– Hose reels make all your hose handling more efficient.
– An organized, clean workplace is proven to be more efficie
– Maintaining hose within easy reach saves time and money.
– Reels also provide a quick and efficient way to store the hose, electrical cords or welding cables after each use…unlike an operator having to stop and coil them up manually.
– Many industries strive to improve efficiencies (and safety) by implementing more efficient tools and equipment to increase productivity and reduce worker effort in doing a task. Reels are inexpensive and indeed are a “tool” that can help meet such goals.

2. Safety
– Hoses, when not in actual use, left lying randomly coiled on the floor or ground, may present major tripping hazards and can result in injury.
– Reels decrease you chances of injuries from tripping.
– Reels prevent hose, cords and cable from cluttering walkways.
– Using electrical cords or extension leads in industrial situations often presents significant safety hazards. The use of spring rewind electrical cord reels can offer significant safety benefits.
– Reduce accidents and insurance expense…slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of work stoppage in industry.

3. Protects Equipment
– Hoses, electrical cords, and welding cable can last five times longer when stored on a reel and help save you from replacing them as often.
– Storing hoses, cords, and cables on reels prevents them from being stepped on or run over by equipment, increasing their service life.
– Reels can often provide a solution for protecting electrical cables from damage when not in use, damage that could potentially cause electrocution.

4. Minimizes Leakages
– Hoses on reels can reduce the threat of expensive air leakages.
– Using hose reels reduces leakage and spills of expensive fluids.

5. Increase Productivity
– Easily locating your air hoses when and where you need them can increase productivity. 
– Using hose, cord and cable reels benefits an employer by increasing the safety of the work environment and increasing efficiency.
– All these factors help improve your work environment, which saves you time, equipment and money.

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