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Dental compressor parts:  not dinner talk

Dental issues are almost never dinner-table talk. Not surprisingly, mouth matter does not make for scintillating repartee.  Nobody ever took a bottle of wine to a friend’s house and expected to be entertained by tales of cavities, canines, molars and receding gums, unless they are of course a dentist. However, our dental needs are important whether we talk about them or not. We need crowns, and false teeth, to made in laboratories, drills to operate smoothly and efficiently in dental surgeries and we need research into our dental health to take place. Dental compressors need to run without breakdown and they need dental compressor parts on hand to reduce the risk of machine failure.

Whether your dental compressor is in a lab or a clinic it is usually a good idea to have a range of dental compressor parts for use when needed. If a person were to arrive at a dental surgery for some deep cavity work and the dentist’s drill did not work properly or the dental would not raise and lower to suit the dentist – then it is likely that treatment would not be to a very high standard. Browse this website to look at dental compressor parts at Air Supplies, or talk to us on the telephone, we are always here to help.

Compressor service:  maintenance, repair and replacement.

Servicing and repair are not things that people want to think about all the time and ensuring a compressor service in nottingham is carried out regularly can easily be forgotten amongst all the other responsibilities you have to think of, especially if you are a small business.  Well a maintenance contract might be the answer.

Think of it; trying to remember at the same time of every year that you  should organise a compressor service might seem easy enough but you would surprised at how fast the time flies and how astonishing it is to find that 18 months, 2 years and even 3, have passed before you remember to book the engineers visit. Sometimes your compressor breaks down before you remember then you kick yourself because its nearly 5 years since you last had a compressor service and now it is too late!  You then have a massive repair bill to face.

A good contract could cover an annual or six monthly compressor service; it could also cover compressor repairs when there is an emergency breakdown. A good contract could even cover a temporary compressor replacement in the event that your compressor cannot be repaired immediately.   It really depends what you negotiate. Above all don’t rely on memory to look after your compressor equipment; maintenance, repair and replacement are not things you want to face out of the blue – think contract, think regular compressor service.

Compressed air equipment: make no mistake!

Get the right equipment and you can’t go wrong! So stands the advice of those who have gone before us. Making mistakes over compressed air equipment might cost any firm dearly but thankfully not as dearly as some mistakes, where their cost is a great deal higher. 

Take our political leaders who must quake in their shoes hoping they never make a mistake that will end their life at the top. We have never heard of compressed air equipment that can fell a captain of industry of a manufacturing giant.  Nick Clegg is an example. Some say he will never recover his position as a leader of an independent party. Indeed, some say the entire Liberal Democrat Party will never regain its identity within the British Political scene when the coalition government comes to an end. Of course, only time will tell.  David Cameron will probably always regret coining the phrase “The Big Society” given that even today half his own Party don’t understand what that is. Gordon Brown must regret not calling a General Election in 2007 when he would have clearly won, and probably survived longer and Ed Milliband would be, even today, still a young hopeful.

Well unlike our erstwhile leaders, buyers in the compression industry know their environment and what is suitable and what isn’t. Understanding work place needs helps when selecting compressed air equipment, and Air Supplies is happy to help you make no mistake! 

Compressed air equipment: a blessing to us all.

Compressed air equipment spans the whole world of anything to do with compressed air, air compressors, air tools, components, and all that connects, adapts and fits therein.  Without compressed air equipment the world would be vastly worse off.

Imagine having to work in extremely high temperatures in a furnace melding and shaping metal, hammering the metal with blows that changes its shape and having to get it smooth to the touch. We would probably have car parts that look like badly sculpted clay. No man ( or woman) can sustain the regular repeated and speedy hammer actions in the way  that compressed air equipment can, let alone do it in proximity to the high temperatures that can cook a roast dinner in seconds. 

Imagine having to propel all the entrances and exit doorways, of a vast multi storey city hospital, open and shut after each individual passed through.  For mere people to implement this herculean task they would have to be a team of rock solid muscle bound supermen able to hold the leaden weight of the doors and  swing back and forth at lightning speed without ever becoming tired.  Well, compressed air equipment makes the task easy.

Imagine inflating the tyres of a lorry with a foot pump, imagine drilling holes into layers of sheet metal with a small electric drill and elbow grease, imagine all manner of situations like this and know finally that there is absolutely no doubt that air compressed air equipment has saved you from all that!

Compressed air fittings: from compressare 

In the 14th century they didn’t have quite the same demands from their compressed air fittings that we do today.  Compressare is the Latin word meaning to press hard and that just about sums up how industrious the labourers of yesteryear were.  It wouldn’t surprise us if the bellows used to fire up the coal furnaces, to mould metals, needed hardly any compressed air fittings.  Our predecessors of so long ago had to literally press hard time and time again to keep air constantly flowing out of the compressor equipment and electricity powered air compressor units were not even yet the stuff of dreams.

Today our compressor units are a little more sophisticated and utilise compressed air fittings to a high degree which aids adaptation to the demands of different jobs.  Hose can be lengthened, pneumatic tools can be changed and air compressors can be moved around, indoors and outdoors, above ground and below ground, and adjust to different environments all with the help of compressed air fittings.

Air Supplies stock a huge range of adaptors and couplings and can offer help in selecting those that are the most suitable for your needs.   Browse this website to see a small example of those we have and do not hesitate to call us for more information whenever you wish.


Nitrogen inflation

For specialist applications only

You might be aware that purified nitrogen has been used to inflate tyres on aircraft and racing cars for many years but does it really make sense for ordinary car and van tyres?

The air we breath (and the normal compressed air used to inflate tyres) contains 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen and 1% other gases but some tyre specialists are now offering - at a premium - to inflate tyres with pure nitrogen. See PCL range of nitrogen tyre inflators here. 

Nitrogen for aircraft and F1 tyres

Planes fly at heights where temperatures may be as low as -40C. Moisture in the tyres can freeze causing vibration and balance problems when landing. Pure nitrogen is dry so eliminates this problem. Using dried compressed air could achieve the same thing.

In motor sport the smallest fraction of a second can make the difference between winning and losing. Filling with nitrogen can reduce pressure variation caused by changes in temperature.

Nitrogen in car tyres

For passenger car tyres the main claims seem to be:

  • Less corrosion – because unlike air there's no moisture in pure nitrogen
  • Slower rate of pressure loss – nitrogen molecules are larger than oxygen molecules (which make up 21% of compressed air)

Air loss can occur through the inner liner of the tyre as well through the valve, punctures, or failure of the seal between tyre and wheel rim. Pure nitrogen might leak more slowly through the liner, but you would still have to check tyre condition and pressure regularly.

Corrosion of the tyre from using normal compressed air is unlikely anyway because only the outer tread band of a car tyre contains steel – the amount of moisture reaching it from the inside is minimal.

To change to nitrogen you have to have the air already in the tyres removed before the tyres are re-inflated with purified compressed nitrogen. There will be a one-off charge per tyre but once filled with nitrogen, future top-ups would have to be with nitrogen if any advantages are to be maintained.

Overall, while accepting the possibility of purified nitrogen being of benefit in certain applications, we don't think that the cost and possible inconvenience are justified for normal passenger car use.

(25 April 2012)