Air Compressor Support – The Problems that can Occur

Air compressors essentially convert power from motors or engines into energy. Using the basic principles of atmospheric pressure, power is required to compress air and energy is then released as that air expands to return to normal. By pressurising air and storing it, compressors can provide potential power for a number of important uses such as powering construction tools like nail guns, wrenches, drills and saws, turning air turbines, filling tires and running certain heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Air compressors are generally considered to have many advantages over electrical and hydraulic power, including simpler design, fewer parts, higher safety characteristics and lower equipment weight.

Compressors are normally based on one of two principles, positive or negative displacement. Positive-displacement refers to forcing air into a space with a decreased volume using either pistons, rotary screws or vanes. Negative-displacement refers to the use of centrifugal compressors for compression and is more common in larger scale industrial uses. Gas and diesel compressors are the most common type of air compressor and are popular in areas with less reliable electricity, while electric powered compressors are used in areas with guaranteed access to power, such as workshops, plants and production lines.  Continue reading

Transporting Heavy Machinery

Owning heavy machinery such as construction vehicles or cranes is pretty uncommon in the construction industry, with most businesses renting them instead. These rental services are great because they limit costs and liability, for businesses, as when they are done with them they can be transported to the next building for use in a new construction project.

Transporting heavy machinery is an important part of keeping the construction industry running. Transferring machine-resources quickly and easily from one location to another is considered in every part of the construction industry, from how they are engineered to how they are rented.

The means through which they are transported from one location to another is reliant upon the size of roads that are available. If worst comes to worst and it is impossible for the roads to support the large weight and size of certain pieces of heavy machinery, then disassembling the machinery into its various parts can reduce the load, and thanks to how they are engineered they can be reassembled quite easily.


Outsourcing in the Construction Industry

Outsourcing, otherwise known as contracting out, is an important part of of the construction industry. Many businesses inside the industry thrive purely based upon contract work they get referred to them by other businesses, including businesses which are set up exclusively to be used for that purpose. This state allows for much greater freedom in the sector, as small groups can still find success, and expertise can be developed in specific areas, without the need for a business which is ‘too big to fail’, and which can leave thousands of people unemployed when it collapses.

While it is certainly the case that there are some benefits to the current system, there are also some drawbacks. Chief among these is the price. The price of construction at its base level is already quite high, particularly when it is a high skills project, or the materials are of a high and expensive standard, but when you add a number of different organisations to the supply line who take their own fee then it can result in inflated prices.