on your new Curtis Air Compressor.Please examine the compressor for shipping damage(s) andif any are found report it immediately to the carrier.
Select a clean dry location with a rigid floor strong enough tosupport the compressor. If the compressor is to be located inan area where vibration is critical, properly engineeredvibration mounts and flexible piping should be used. Removethe skid.
Install automatic tank drain assembly prior to finalunit installation.
NOTE: The compressor should never be operated on theshipping skid. For Models CW100-14 thru CW300H-21base mounted outfits – see General Foundation Data onpage 16.
Level the compressor so it can be bolted down securely.Before tightening the bolts, check to see that all four feet areresting on the foundation. Shim as necessary to eliminatestress on the receiver or base when the bolts are tightened.We suggest using a level for proper alignment.
Maximum ambient temperature in which the motor should beoperated is 104°F and the compressor is 110°F. Therefore,adequate ventilation of cooling air must be provided.If possible, each compressor should be placed in positionwhere the ambient air is cool and clean. However, should itbe necessary to place a compressor in hot or dustysurroundings the inlet air should be drawn through a suctionduct from an area as cool and free from dust as possible.Care should be taken to minimize the entry of moisture withthe inlet air.The aspirated air shall be free from flammable fumes or vapors, paint solvents, etc., that can lead to internal fires or explosions.No compressor shall be installed unless it is provided with aninlet air filter or screen designed, constructed and installed insuch a manner that all the air entering the compressor shallpass through the filter system. This filter system shall be inplace for and during the initial start-up.The compressor air intake shall be so arranged that looseclothing, etc. cannot be sucked in and cause personal injury.The suction opening of the compressor is equipped with acombination air filter-muffler to protect the compressor fromnormal dust and other harmful substances. Clean andreplace filter element as necessary to avoid excessivepressure drop. If the air around the compressor isexcessively hot, dusty, humid or contaminated with foreigngases (such as ammonia or acid fumes) move the filter-muffler to a remote point where the air is clean, cool and dry.Run a pipe to the compressor suction opening. If the run isover 50 feet in length, use a larger pipe to avoid excessivepressure drop.
(See Intake Pipe Size in Compressor Technical Data on Page 11.)
In order to fit the filter to thecompressor, bush down the connections.. Be sure piping andfittings are clean and free from dirt and chips. If the filter isinstalled outside, check to insure that it is located above thenormal outside dust level and that rain cannot enter the filter element. Where the relocation of the filter-muffler is notpossible or feasible, an oil bath filter is recommended.
WARNINGThis unit has been assembled to comply with thecustomer’s order and in compliance with Curtis-Toledo, Inc. specifications. This unit shall bemounted on a floor or foundation proper for unittotal weight and operated in a level position.Modifications of these instructions, assembly,compressor model, R.P.M. and/or P.S.I. maydevelop unsafe operating conditions, and/or void the warranty.
On basic or base mounted compressors run a discharge pipeto the receiver or optional aftercooler and bush up or down asnecessary. The pipe should enter near the top of thereceiver. For piping of Curtis supplied aftercoolers, requestInstallation, Operation, and Maintenance of Water Cooled Aftercoolers, Form CAP-111. Keep in mind that condensatemay form in the discharge line; therefore, the lines shouldalways be pitched to drain condensate away from thecompressor. Always provide a safety relief valve in thedischarge line between the compressor and in-line shutoff valves. If more than one compressor pumps into a commonsystem, a check valve in the discharge line of eachcompressor is recommended to prevent moisture fromentering the cylinder head when one compressor is idle. Inthe event a check valve is not used a globe or gate valve maybe installed providing a safety relief valve is installed in theline between the compressor discharge and the valve.Check the electrical supply for voltage, phase, and frequencyto see that they match the nameplate, stampings on themotor, magnetic starter, solenoids, and other controls. Useelectrical wires of adequate size to carry the full load currentof the motor without excessive voltage drop. The motor mustalways be protected by a starter with properly sized thermaloverload(s). The starter should protect the motor fromoverheating and burnout due to an overload, low voltage or single phasing of a 3-phase circuit.
Failure to install theproper starter and overloads will void the motor manufacturer’s warranty.
Follow the National Electric Codeor local electric code in providing wiring, fusing anddisconnect switches.
NOTE: Do not close the disconnect switch to start thecompressor until the procedures outlined under “StartupProcedures” have been completed.
WARNING: Read and understand supplement LV-474 before installing and operating the compressor.3