Author: Chuck Westhofen

PET bottle plants are growing, but what happens when…

The water bottle market continues to grow.  More and more people are drinking bottled water every day.  So that means there are more water bottle plants than ever before.  And these plants are stretched to the max to keep up with the growing demand.  Some bottling plants can make and fill thousands of bottles an hour.  Downtime is not an option.   Even a few hours of lost production can be painful.  Even more painful is realizing you have no back-up plan for when your bottle plants air system goes down.  Fire drill time.  How much air do we need?  What...

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Total Cost of Rental

by Chuck Westhofen How much does it cost to rent a compressor for a month?  The short answer is the standard monthly rate.  However, like most things, it’s not that easy or simple.  There are other factors to consider that will impact the “total cost of rental.” These factors include fuel, maintenance, ease of delivery and return, ease of set up and disassemble among others.  How easy it is to drop off the compressor where it is needed?  Can it be delivered on a roll-back truck or is a crane required?  Usually, with a rollback truck, compressors on wheels...

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How does the RICE NESHAP regulation affect my company?

By Charles Westhofen Most of us in the equipment industry are aware of the EPA’s regulations for new engines.  We’ve all been working our way through Tier 1 to Final Tier 4.  Sometimes with headaches, sometimes not.  The good news is all new engines have Final Tier 4 emissions, all horsepowers.  More good news is I’ve heard no talk of moving to Tier 5 and beyond.  So we’re done with emissions issues.  Right?  Wrong.  Back in 2013, the EPA decided to regulate existing stationary engines also.  The regulation is called RICE NESHAP, meaning Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engine and New...

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