Air compressors for dry, alternate and tail-end systems are a huge part of our business at this time of year, especially when many alternate systems are drained down and switched over to air…for the maintenance/changeover team only to discover a problem with the compressor.
The last thing you or your client want is to be left without a working system, so whenever possible we spend any spare time over summer building and testing so that we have a head-start on stock ready to be shipped at a moment’s notice. Of course, realistically, we can only invest heavily in stock of our most popular wall-mounted models (0.75kw, 1.5kw, 1.8kw in 230v, and 1.8kw 3-phase) and more recently our compact 230v/2.2kw floor-mount. Due to their size and cost, our larger belt-driven machines (230v in 2.2kw/3kw, 3-phase from 2.2kw to 7.5kw) are generally made to order.
When you need a high-output air compressor, but space is a problem (for example, a mid-range belt compressor on a 200L air receiver is around 1.5m long and 550mm wide), then a vertical receiver model may be just what you need to give you the same output and air volume but with a footprint which is less than half that of a horizontal model. We can offer vertical equivalents of our SEP10.3 (230v or 3-phase, 2.2kw/400lpm), SEP13.8S (230v, 3kw/500lpm) and SEP17T (3-phase, 4kw/650lpm) with exactly the same SEP trim, designed specifically for fire sprinkler applications.
As well as minimising footprint, vertical compressors still have a low centre of gravity due to the weight of the air receiver, and setting and maintenance is arguably easier since the pump/motor and trim are at a more convenient height (there’s not a lot we can do about the low position of the drain valve though!).