A Guide to Vacuum System Care

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Did you know that you might be able to get better performance from your vacuum care system? Here are some helpful tips from our vacuum specialist, Adrian McSorley.

Many companies rely on vacuum technology, whether from a single pump or a complete system. At Pennine Pneumatic Services, we have engineers skilled in vacuum technology who can help you find the most effective options.

The first step is a site visit so that we can look at your set up and help you decide what you need for your specific applications. You can then choose from the range of services we provide, such as commissioning and installation.

Our vacuum specialist, Adrian McSorley, has put together the following tips to help you make the most of any system.

Atlas Copco GHS 730 VSD Plus
Image Atlas Copco

1. Cooling off: Motors generate heat, which can be damaging. To keep your vacuum pump at the correct temperature, it should be cooled either by fresh air or by a fan.

During the warmer months, the viscosity of your oil will be reduced, which can affect the ability of the pump to pull its full vacuum – and consequently its performance.

2. A change is as good as a rest: The best way to care for your vacuum pump is to ensure that the oil is inspected around once a week and changed regularly. This is the bare minimum you should do to keep the pump well maintained.

Make sure you’re familiar with the manufacturer’s recommendations of how often you should change the oil in your vacuum pump, based on usage, while at the same time being aware of the need to adjust this if your machinery is running 24 hours, seven days a week.

A good idea is to create an oil maintenance schedule, which should be kept somewhere conspicuous to remind you to follow it.

Atlas Copco Vacuum system set up
Image Atlas Copco

3. Flexibility is key: The type of application may well dictate how often you should change the oil. This can vary significantly between different applications, so make sure you adjust your maintenance schedule accordingly.

Extending the length of time that the oil is used may be a false economy if it’s not clean enough to perform its job of lubricating the vacuum pump. Oil protects the system and ensures the pump runs safely – dirty or broken-down oil will not be as effective and will reduce the life of the pump.

4. Start on the right foot: Purchasing a new vacuum pump or upgrading your current system is not something to rush into. Take your time, consult with a specialist and make sure you get it right from the start.

The components you choose for your application can make a significant difference to how effectively it runs. Over-specification can be a waste of money and under-specification can affect the performance and efficiency of your system, reducing its life and costing you more in the long run.

If you’re considering upgrading or replacing your vacuum system, we’d be happy to offer some free advice about the options available to you. You can contact Adrian McSorley on 01422 321 772.

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