Rand-Air, a part of the Atlas Copco Specialty Rental division and an established leader within the field of air, nitrogen, energy, move (pumps), steam boiler and lighting options, just lately took a daring choice which has modified the way in which its buyer – and Rand Air – will strategy future hires of a similar nature.
Working within the petrochemical sector requires crucial consideration to detail, with absolute safety at all times imperative. When Rand-Air was approached by a long-standing customer in this sector for gear to clear a sulfuric acid pipeline sure for decommissioning, they approached the duty at hand in an progressive and agile method, coming up with a special solution from these previously applied.
“The venture undertaken was uncommon by nature. Our buyer required the usage of an air compressor which may carry out optimally in a high-risk, unstable setting. We subsequently determined that this explicit project demanded a contemporary answer – and a departure from the greatest way in which it had beforehand been approached,” explains Rand-Air seasoned petrochemical industry sales consultant Melanie Lake.
Oil-free air versus nitrogen
“Acid cannot come into contact with any moisture – whether or not it’s water or oil – due to its excessive volatility. Contaminants can cause hazardous chemical reactions and doubtlessly even combustion,” explains Lake.
The clearing of the first sulfuric acid pipeline – undertaken in 2020 – was supposed as a once-off challenge. Rand-Air subsequently took the decision to go together with the Class zero oil-free compressor because of its manufacturing of high-quality, clean, oil-free, and totally dry compressed air.
“Multiple consultations and analyses preceded this challenge, to make sure that the Class zero oil-free compressor would produce air which was sufficiently pure, contaminant-free and dry, at a stress dew level of minus 40 levels,” she adds.
Prior to Rand-Air supplying the oil-free compressor, this particular buyer had all the time used nitrogen to clear their pipelines. By providing the Class zero oil-free air resolution, Rand-Air was in a place to prove that this was the better answer on this case: in a place to offer a more environment friendly answer in a shorter time, and with considerably much less potential contamination or safety danger.
Ultimate efficiency with a quantity of makes use of
The first pipeline clearing project using oil-free air turned out to be so successful that the estimated 5 day compressor hire, was completed in just one. This incredible achievement further highlighted the operational effectivity of the oil-free compressors chosen.
Following the success of the preliminary pipeline clearing, 4 more initiatives took place during the course of the 12 months, and another is set for October.
“Efficiency and air purity are the reason that this specific compressor is the best and most viable resolution for clearing pipelines,” says Lake. Compressors employed by the client this yr embrace the PTS1600 compressor with a dryer which produces 1600 cubic toes of compressed air per minute.
“Oil-free compressors are capable of be efficient over large distances. For example, a number of the pipeline projects have required air to be pumped by way of pipelines of between 2.5 kms to five kms. When compressing air over this distance, stress drops – which impacts the move. It is essential that air is pumped into the tanks at beneath four Bar,” Lake explains.
Oil-free compressors have a quantity of makes use of. Itemized hire them for instrumentation, fermentation and aerating containers which are commonplace uses for these machines.
According to Lake, the truth that these compressors can be utilized in applications corresponding to clearing petrochemical pipelines, demonstrates their variety: “The oil-free compressor is even able to shifting an 80 ton transformer, because of its capability to explode industrial pillows that are then positioned beneath the heavy transformer and floated,” she remarks.
All other capabilities apart, probably the most compelling purpose for the hire of the Class 0 oil-free compressor was because of its capability to produce clean, pure, contaminant-free dry air.
Making agility rely
Rand-Air attributes its high degree of customer success and repeat business to an around-the-clock service and powerful staff effort: “We have made ourselves indispensable to so many customers, as a end result of our extremely high requirements and substantial industry experience. Whenever there is a want for rental tools, prospects insist on utilizing our solutions and services – due to our stringent security audits, impeccable service and superior technical help,” says Lake.
True to its popularity in lots of industries including petrochemical – Rand-Air has remained true to its ethos and tagline of ‘making agility count’ and offering efficient options to customer’s operational wants.
Expires are a team which works together and helps one another regardless of the task. Our technicians and employees are on name 24/7 to make sure customer service and assist. We will at all times be ready to go above and beyond for a customer, taking a look at their problems from fresh angles, to find them the best solution possible – ‘clearing the way’ for innovation and improved productiveness,” concludes Lake.

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