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Komptec product FAQs

KOMPTEC COMPRESSORS FAQ

Q.        What are the supply requirements for the electric motor.

A.         70 L/m (2.7 CFM) and higher compressors inherently require the amperage from 230V motors.  Appropriate motors are provided for each market (50Hz/60Hz).

 

Q.        Can Komptec Compressors be used for breathable air?

A.         Yes.  Use for diving does require more frequent filter changes, with other considerations, but the units do meet the requirements of EN 12021

 

Q.        What filters are used on the Combifilter?

A.         Komptec supplies replacement cartridges for the Combifilter.  Only Komptec-supplied Combifilters may be used.

 

TURANAIR SYSTEM FAQ

Q.        Are the systems re-fillable?

A.        Yes, the Turanair systems are refillable with atmospheric air, using High Pressure Air compressors at 4500 psi.

 

Q.        What limitations are there on where you can use the Turanair System? 

A.        The Turanair system can be used almost anytime.  The temperature range is -20F to + 140F.  It can be used in the rain (or snow).  There are no limitations on orientation. 

 

Q.        How long does it take to refill a cylinder?

A.        Komptec’s KT-90 is a 3.2 CFM compressor that will take about 6 minutes to fill a 114 cu in K-150 from empty.  Faster fills can be achieved with a high pressure storage tank.  The worker does a fast-fill in under 30 seconds, and then the compressor tops off the storage tank to be ready for the next worker to fill.  Standard high pressure air compressors can be used to fill the Turanair system.

 

Q.        How much work can you do per charge of the Cylinder?

A.        It depends on the tool.  A 114 cu in cylinder drives 1350 18ga brads, making it a good option for finish work.  Tools using more air get less work out of the 114 cu in cylinder.  Framing nailers pack a big punch, and use lots of air.  We get about 300 nails per charge on a framing nailer, making Turanair systems suitable primarily in special cases.  We work very well with tools like pneumatic caulking guns for fire stop and glazing applications. 

 

Q.        I need more capacity.  Are larger cylinders available?

A.        We can configure any size cylinder with the Turanair regulator.  The largest portable cylinder in common usage is the 9L size, which is referred to as a 45 minute cylinder for first responders.

 

Q.        What is the advantage of having dry air?

A.        Pressurizing to 4500 psi results in removing almost all the moisture in the air, and with the filter, additional moisture is removed, to breathing air standards.  This means any tool powered by the Turanair system will work with dry, clean air, keeping moisture out of the tool.

  

Q.        Scuba tanks are made of steel, and those are not light.  How does the Turanair system stay light when also using high pressure compressed air?

A.        The Turanair system uses Type III carbon fiber cylinders designed for low-weight and reliability.

 

Q.        What is the reliability of the composite cylinders?

A.        The cylinders used on the Turanair system are DOT and Transport Canada certified with a life span of 15 years or more.  These cylinders are in common usage, as breathing air for first responders, and for Natural Gas storage in vehicles.

 

Q.        What is the pressure at the tool?

A.        The output pressure knob sets the pressure to the tool, and can work with pressures as low as 5 psi, up to the pressure of the Turanair system used (150 psi for the K-150, 300 psi for the K-300).

 

Q.        I’ve also seen CO2 used to power air tools.  What advantages does the Turanair system have over CO2?

A.        CO2 systems store liquid CO2.  Filling them requires a source of CO2, as opposed to HPA, which uses atmospheric air, so it could be more complicated to find the CO2.  Also, the CO2 gas comes off of the liquid CO2, meaning the cylinder needs to be stable and tilted upwards, and the performance will vary based on ambient temperature.  The Turanair system can be used in any orientation and by an active user.

 

Q.        If CO2 cylinder must be stable, what does that mean?  What happens when the cylinder tips over or moves quickly? 

A.        The liquid might splash around and drops of liquid CO2 would mix with the gaseous CO2.  Pneumatic tools do not react well to drops of liquid.  Air tool manufacturers know that drops of CO2 can cause tool failure