If the air stops, the mine stops. So as an air compressor ages, the risks of extended outages and lost production increase dramatically. Even still, with budgets tightening across the mining industry, it can be difficult to find the capital for a new compressor. Comairco’s new booster refurbishment service may be the most economical way to breathe new life into your old air booster packages.
Electric-driven compressed air booster packages can be found next to any air-powered drill requiring an elevated compressed air pressure (typically 250-350 psig). The booster takes compressed air from the mine’s standard supply and boosts the pressure as high as 400 psig. These compressors are typically mounted on a towable wheelbase with all the accessories, controls, and fire suppression, so it can be easily moved around with the drills as required.
The harsh conditions of a mine can wear on even the most rugged equipment, and these air booster packages are no exception. Coolers can become caked with oil and dust, elevated operating temperatures can lead to varnish formation in the air end, and harsh atmospheres can cause internal corrosion. Over time these conditions will hamper the performance of the compressor, and eventually lead to a risk of catastrophic failure.