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GDPR – still want to hear from us?

 
GDRP

This May, it won’t have escaped your notice that the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into force, changing the way businesses collect, use and store data.

You will probably have been just as affected by this as we have and, like us, you were probably mailing your clients ahead of the deadline asking them to consent to your continuing to send them emails, newsletters and the like.

Of course the problem with that is, once the deadline had passed, we were no longer able to contact those who may have intended to reply and give us their consent, but just didn’t get around to it.

So, if you received our mail but didn’t get around to actioning it. If it disappeared into your junk and was never seen again. Or if you simply want to stay in touch with us from this point on – please get in touch. Thanks.

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Rise of the Internet Enabled Air Compressor

 
You’ve probably heard of the phrase ‘internet of Things’ (IoT). It describes the internet-enabled products that can act intelligently to create faster, simpler, more streamlined experiences.

The typical applications might by the IoT enabled smart meter that sends meter readings to your electricity supplier automatically, or the IoT enabled printer that orders its own ink.

Yet whilst these are the domestic, everyday applications, industry is enjoying its own IoT revolution with a new generation of smart assembly components that tell the robots what to do with them. As compressed air is behind around 10% of global manufacturing, it’s natural that the IoT is set to impact the world of the air compressor too.

Self-diagnostics

 
Perhaps the greatest challenge in any air compressor system is keeping track of the parameters that matter most, and which can be the first sign of trouble: pressure, flow, motor speed, filter efficiency etc.

There are already systems which can monitor these but at present they’ve tended to be data gatherers they haven’t acted on that data. So, when you air compressor pressure drops below a certain level, for example, the system may alert you and you’ll call your compressed air maintenance people (people like us).

The next step is for the system is to alert your air compressor specialist itself, removing the need for your involvement – something that would be relatively simple to engineer for any client with an ongoing service plan. There’s real potential here to address issues before they become problems.

Such a system could, for example, detect a clogged filter before you might notice it. Or it may spot a cold weather risk of condensate freezing and order a service call to fix the problem.

AI AC

 
Finally, there’s the ultimate stage of air compressor artificial intelligence: the sort that not only self-diagnoses but self-repairs, adjusting pressures and air flows to optimise performance.

Thankfully for every compressed air maintenance specialist, we’re not quite there yet!

Talk to Algar Air about ways to make your compressed air system smarter. Call us on 0114 243 2347, or contact us.

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Advantages of centrifugal air compressors

 
A recent report by Zion Market Research explored current trends in compressed air technology and identified a shift from traditional rotary-type air compressors to centrifugal. Not all the advantages will be critical for every business, but for some, there are good reasons to switch:

Oil-free: As the report identified, not every market is worried about oil contamination, but some – food manufacture, brewing, pharmaceuticals etc, most definitely are. Centrifugal air compressors are 100% oil free, removing at a stroke the need for oil separators and filters.

Low maintenance: A rotary air compressor will need regular maintenance and replacement of things like piston rings, gland packing and valve plates. Fewer wearing parts means there’s less requirement for maintenance downtime, and less risk of component failure with a centrifugal system.

No pressure fluctuations: Traditional compressed air systems need to reduce pressure fluctuations; centrifugal air compressors don’t.

Compact: Centrifugal air compressors pack more air into smaller spaces, so you need less room for installation compared with a rotary model.

Virtually vibration-free: Particularly in larger air compressors, creating the right foundation to minimise vibration, and ensuring that vibration is not transmitted to neighbouring equipment, can be a challenge. Centrifugal air compressors create far less vibration, so the installation issues and impact on other equipment are less.

Which air compressor system is right for your business? For expert advice, talk to Algar Air on 0114 243 2347 or contact us.

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Air compressors in the dental industry

 
You know the value of air compressors to your dental practice. They power such a wide array of handpieces that it’s hard to imagine life without them, but if you’re looking at replacing your compressed air system – or thinking of switching to air power for the first time, there are a few things you need to consider.

Any old air compressor won’t do

Air compressors produce moisture as a natural by-product of squeezing all those air molecules together. Given that your business is built on hygiene, in-system water contamination is an absolute no-no. That’s why dental air compressors lower the ‘dew point’ of the compressed air, ensuring more moisture can be captured and removed by the inline filtration system.

Oil free is an essential

Another by-product of many air compressors is oil vapour. A little oil floating around the system matters little if you’re using your compressed air to inflate car tyres or power a workshop drill, but it’s a serious issue in dentistry.

That’s why the Dental Compressor Regulations require dental surgeries to only use “compressed air… generated by an oil free compressor with an integral dryer, internally coated air receiver and a breathing air and bacterial filter downstream of the compressor.”

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The compressor’s not the only part that counts

A steady, reliable flow of air is essential for any dental tool, but it’s not just the air compressor that’s responsible for delivering that steady flow. Pipework, connectors, filters and the handpieces you use can all influence the consistency of the air flow.

That’s one reason why the regulations also require your pipework system to be free from leaks, located away from any potential damage, and with appropriate isolation valves.

Right size?

We don’t simply mean does your air compressor deliver the reliable air power you need now. What about the future? If you don’t want to be upgrading your air compressor every time you add new tools, it’s important to build some flexibility into your compressed air system. That means choosing not only the right air compressor, but the right receiver tank too.

Remember, an overworked system may produce a less reliable flow of air and could produce more moisture, compromising patient safety. For help in choosing the right compressed air system for your dental surgery, talk to us.

Ready to replace?

Like any component, air compressors don’t last forever (although regular servicing and maintenance can extend their life hugely). When an air compressor or its filters start to show their age, you may notice air pressure drop or become inconsistent. Over time, contaminants may begin to escape the filters and you should check for this regularly. Hold a mirror up to any air powered handpiece and switch it on. If any moisture, dirt or debris appears on the mirror surface, call a compressed air engineer.

Want help or advice about the compressed air system used in your dental surgery? Call 0114 243 2347 or contact us.

What We Do

 
Servicing | Service Contracts | General On-Site Maintenance | Repairs / Remedial Work | Breakdowns | Pipework Installations | Electrical Installations & Work | Removal, Transportation & Reinstallations

“I don’t suppose you could…?”

 
Working with compressed air requires a wide range of skills from our engineers. In many ways, understanding air compressors and air flow is just the start of a skillset that also includes electrical engineering, plumbing, fabrication and more. So it’s hardly surprising that when our clients are faced with an engineering task they don’t quite know how to resolve, they tend to call us.

That was the case recently, when a client who operated a steelworks called to ask whether we’d be able to modify their small cutter. Our engineers went to investigate.

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The first thing that hit them was that steelworks operate on a different level of scale when it comes to describing their equipment. It may have been their small(er) steel cutter, but to any other business it would still have been considered vast.

The cutter was ageing, and that had given the client two options: modify it, to modernise the unit and make it more user friendly. Or replace it. The difference in cost amounted to tens of thousands of pounds.

That’s why, right now, the unit is sat in our workshop, getting some much needed TLC and a significant base unit modification that should keep it fit for purpose for plenty more years.

Have an engineering challenge and don’t know who to ask for help? Give us a call on 0114 243 2347 or contact us.

What We Do

 
Servicing | Service Contracts | General On-Site Maintenance | Repairs / Remedial Work | Breakdowns | Pipework Installations | Electrical Installations & Work | Removal, Transportation & Reinstallations

First Aid, Algar Air-style

 
Everyone says “safety is our biggest concern.” They say it so often that it’s easy for it to become a sort of meaningless statement. We didn’t want our commitment to team safety to fall into that category, so we commissioned a very different sort of first aid training.

This was first aid tailored to the sort of risks our engineers face day in, day out on compressed air installations: what do you do if you get stuck in a scissor lift? How do you give CPR in confined spaces? How do you treat the effects of electrocution?

We haven’t (thankfully) needed the training to date – but that’s the point about first aid training, isn’t it? You never want to use it, but you never want to need it and not have it either.

Simone Kidd, Director of Algar Air says: “When you’re part of any engineering business, health and safety really does have to come first. That’s why we took a proactive approach to our training and sourced a course that would protect our people, our standards and our reputation.

“Completion of the course meant we all received a certificate in Emergency First Aid at Work. It also means that, as prospective clients expect ever more of suppliers, we’re in a great position to show what being part of a committed family business really means.”

Thanks to Alison Parker RGN for carrying out the training.

What We Do

 
Servicing | Service Contracts | General On-Site Maintenance | Repairs / Remedial Work | Breakdowns | Pipework Installations | Electrical Installations & Work | Removal, Transportation & Reinstallations

Improving our service to you!

vodafone onenet

Vodafone Onenet here we come! We here at Algar Air pride ourselves on our excellent customer service records. Signing up to the Onenet system means we can take our customer service to the next level. We are excited to announce our go live date as 1st December! Our new telephone system means that day or night whether you have a breakdown or simply want your Compressor Servicing you can get straight through to someone who can help you! Hitting our aim for never missing any calls, from the important people, you; our treasured customers!

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