Any business operating within the industrial or mechanical space understands the challenge of selecting the correct air compressor distributor. Though it is often a challenge, the correct distributor is capable of making all the difference in regards to how an organization is capable of handling their key processes and equipment in an effective manner.
With the following tips in hand, you are equipped with the right questions to ask and factors to consider to choose the ideal air compressor distributor for you.
Recognize Your Needs. Compressed air needs for a contractor working in the field are different than those for a manufacturing or industrial facility. In the former case, portable air compressors with storage tanks are typically used. In the latter, full, always-on compressor systems are required to keep a vast array of equipment operational. Choose the compressor grade that is appropriate for your capacity needs.
Consider all the options. Compressors feature a wide range of characteristics that contribute to their functionality. Oil-free or oil-flooded, electric, petroleum or diesel-powered, varying tank sizes and capacities (measured in PSI), motor horsepower, air delivery capacity (measured in CFM), single stage or two stage; the list goes on. Determining which of these options is right for the job will come down to their capabilities.
Spend some time getting to know your supplier. The best way to do this is by asking questions. Find out about the supplier’s customer service offering and approach. Inquire whether it can help you with full-fledged compressor systems as opposed to simply selling hardware. Ask how it can help meet your overall goals and benchmarks as a problem solver and project manager. Some suppliers with bare-bones service offerings may not even be able to answer these questions or may provide vague answers — these are unlikely to be the right supplier for you.
Prioritize A Partner Striving To Innovate. Viewing compressed air as a utility can also lead to the downfall of viewing it — and the overall system that a compressor is part of — as a commodity. Nothing could be further from the truth. The best suppliers have a wealth of experience with creative problem-solving and unique compressed air system automation to help save customers money and see that a system is built — down to the last detail — to help achieve business and production goals.
Using this information as a foundation should make for a much easier experience for your organization in the search of an air compressor supplier that can truly prove beneficial. Be sure conduct some additional research prior to selecting any supplier if you’re weary.