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Maldives fatal accident - bad air fills are common in Asia...

Paul - MSDT / Engineer
August 23, 2008 at 05:49:32

Actually in Asia there are a lot of bad fills. Been there done that.  I really feel sorry for the students when the instructor does nothing about it.

I think that the problem stems from two issues, the lack of compressor monitoring equipment supplied with compressors and a lack of maintenance by end users. To be fair manufacturers need to be told when to carry out work.

Even simple products that tell operators when to change filters are not common or those that are available are expensive or hard to use. We finished up developing our own monitors for the 3 compressors we have.

We look at filter time, maintenance and oil changes. We also monitor CO (carbon monoxide) on-line for our older Bauer unit.

We contacted several manufacturers and none were interested. They seem to prefer to make money fixing units or selling new units. Although IDE Germany tried to rip off our CO monitoring design.  Not sure if what they finished up with works. A friend said it is hard to set up.

This is an area that does need looking into.

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