VALUABLE Air compressors are an ideal compression solution that offer optimal air for underground mines
Premium batteries and rotating electrics importer and distributor Probe Corporation added to its distributing services air compressors that provide optimal air compression solutions for local mining and industrial markets.
Probe CEO Frank Rovelli says mining is a tough environment, with harsh physical conditions, long operational hours and cost pressures. “Evolving compressed air technologies are increasingly playing a vital role in mining processes including exploration, extraction and treatment. Air compressors additionally provide a flexible and safe power source for powering drilling and piling machinery, pneumatic tools, material conveyors and ventilation systems.”
Rovelli explains that, because of the intrinsic dangers associated with mining, equipment used in every aspect of work must be of the highest quality. He adds that difficult ambient conditions such as dust, heat, cold and moisture, as well as long supply routes, must be endured by both personnel and equipment.
“When reliability and safety cannot be compromised, mines need to access best of breed products that provide high-quality air compression solutions at optimum price levels. Maintenance, regular checks and a high level of aftermarket service is also key to keep any risks to a minimum – and suppliers need to provide that.”
Meanwhile, Probe distributes international air compressor brands such as Fini, Stanley Fatmax and SCC compressors.
Piston compressors manufacturer Fini offers industrial compressors ranging in strength from 2.2 kW to 75 kW. In particular, the two-stage compressor, with two cylinder belt-driven and lubricated compressors, has been specifically designed for heavy-duty use.
“These compressors are encased in robust cast iron cylinders with all parts covered in a plastic belt-guard to protect them while in motion. Large, vibration-damping feet ensure greater stability during operation.These attributes ensure reliable performance over sustained periods of time, no matter what the environment. The two-stage compressor also comes in a vertical series, which is useful in constrained spaces,” Rovelli says.
The Fini compressors have a high-quality air cooling ability, which is critical for mining and industrial sectors. Rovelli explains that, in any industrial environment, compressors need adequate ventilation as they generate a lot of heat. This heat needs to be removed otherwise operating temperatures will increase. Intensified heat levels can reduce the system efficiency and, in some instances, even cause equipment shutdown. In industrial settings and particularly mining, space is at premium, and air compressors will often be required to operate in confined spaces which will exacerbate the heat issue.
Rovelli maintains that Fini's compressor is an ideal solution in these environments as it is equipped with large inter- and after-coolers for better cooling of the compressed air. “Large slots increase ventilation of the pumping unit and an output hose has been designed to improve air cooling.”
He states that air compression needs to ensure that the compressor pump is of the highest standard. The compressor pump is seen as the heart of the compressor, so its performance and efficiency over time must be faultless. Fini pumps have been produced with innovative materials at a low friction coefficient and great resistance to usage. The points of strength of Fini’s pumps comprise an oversized oil crank case for better lubrication, connecting rods and finger valves that have been manufactured using a robust steel and fortified with a long-lasting treatment, and multi-blade flywheels that produce excellent pump cooling.
In addition, Rovelli says that superb performance in the mining environment can also be obtained by the compressor repair services Southern Cape Compressed (SCC) and hand tool manufacturer Stanley Fatmax.
Fatmax comprises direct driven lubricate twin ‘v’ cylinder compressors, which come with an aluminum pump and cast iron cylinder for a large air reserve and a high-performance motor, to offer an incredible power and low noise output while still ensuring a compact size.
Rovelli says that bringing a comprehensive range of compressors to market is part of Probe’s commitment to expanding into new markets where gaps exist, aiming to provide industry with a total all-in-one solution and the excellent aftermarket service Probe is known for.
“With the addition of air compressor solutions to Probe’s comprehensive line-up of premium products, we are able to provide the complete power and air package for the mining and industrial sectors, keeping them cool under the most pressured environments.” he concludes.