By: Chad Larrabee, Global Product Manager, Oil Free Rotary
In my previous blog post, we talked about air compressor rental services and the importance of contingency planning to be prepared in the event of unexpected downtime. Now I want to discuss what happens when you’re executing the plan to get a compressor rental in place. What do you need to know, ask, and do?
The first thing you should share with your compressor rental service provider is the reason for the rental.
Did your equipment fail or are you supplementing for increased seasonal demand? Obviously, timing and urgency are different in these two scenarios. To ensure that the service provider has the information needed to determine what type of compressor to implement, be able to readily answer the following:
In addition to the critically important technical details, there are also a number of logistics to consider:
It makes a good case for contingency planning, especially because lack of compressed air can cost a plant a bundle in lost production. Even the short window of downtime needed to switch out one compressor for the other would negatively affect production output, so think of how exasperating it would be to find a supplier and go through the “20 questions” above when a contingency plan in place could get the truck rolling much sooner.
Sometimes the facility may need to use a diesel compressor that is portable and does not require electricity to function, but this is usually not optimal. More on this later.