Medical air differs from ordinary air. It is an ultra-clean, dry, purified air. When mixed with other medical gases, this air can be suitable for a human to breathe. Medical air compressors must be able to deliver this air to patients at any needed moment, on demand. Medical air must be available to patients 24… read more
What’s the Difference Between Oil-less and Oil-free Compressed Air?
Do you hear about “oil-free compressors” and “oil-less compressors” and wonder what the difference is? They both appear to be the same. More importantly, how does this apply to your healthcare medical air supply? For a detailed explanation of the following, refer to NFPA99, Edition 2012, Compressors for Medical Air Sections 184.108.40.206.3.4 through 220.127.116.11.3.14. Compressors… read more
What is the Difference Between Medical Air and Oxygen?
There are several distinct differences between medical air and oxygen for patient use. Without getting too technical, a brief explanation of both is below: Medical Air: Medical air differs from oxygen and ordinary air. It is an ultra-clean, dry, purified, colorless, odorless, non-flammable gas. Its main components are nitrogen, oxygen and argon. It also has trace… read more
Should I Retrofit or Replace My Source Equipment?
When discussing extensive source equipment repairs, this question is asked more frequently than any other. Both scenarios have their own sets of pros and cons. A few are listed below: Purchasing a New System PRO’s: Brand new equipment has the most current technology A new system is more cost-effective and efficient when it comes to… read more
It’s Just a Little Air Leak
We’ve been down the air leak road before (see our blog Why Are Our Medical Air Compressors Working So Hard?). But we thought this topic is so important it’s worth another go around. The initial thought might be that it’s just a little air leak and it’s really not a problem. Since there’s usually no… read more
Why Are My Medical Air Compressors Working So Hard?
Where is all the air going? You keep counting the beds, outlets and other air usage areas. You know your equipment should be keeping up with the demand easily, yet your medical air is still cranking like mad It could be something as simple as leakage. Leaks can be significant, costly and sneaky. Air leaks… read more
Behold the Mighty Scroll Oil-less Compressor
In today’s economy, with skyrocketing utility and maintenance costs, large medical air systems, consisting of small oil-less scrolls, have the efficiency and flexibility that plant managers in all types of healthcare facilities are looking for. Ganging several small oil-less scrolls and allowing them to alternate in specifically controlled sequences, serves the small to heavy horsepower… read more
All Pump Oil Is Not Created Equal
Equipment maintenance is probably the most important factor in the overall operation, efficiency, life expectancy and the amount of money you will spend during the lifetime of your medical air or medical vacuum pumps. High quality oils and lubrication make all the difference in the world. As with an engine, oil is there to lubricate,… read more