Tech Tip: Let Nitrogen Make You Money

Tech Tip: Let Nitrogen Make You Money

If you're shopping for a nitrogen generator, here are a few things to consider. Does the unit you're buying feature an "auto down" that results in less wear and tear on the compressor, not to mention less energy use? Also look for such features as a complete pre-filtration package that offers reliability and long operating life. Does the generator have a receiver tank included? Consider if you would fare better with a floor- or wall-mounted unit.

If you’re shopping for a nitrogen generator, here are a few things to consider. Does the unit you’re buying feature an “auto down” that results in less wear and tear on the compressor, not to mention less energy use? Also look for such features as a complete pre-filtration package that offers reliability and long operating life. Does the generator have a receiver tank included? Consider if you would fare better with a floor- or wall-mounted unit.

Most nitrogen generator manufacturers will tell you all about tire inflation capacity. One maker talks about five of its generators. One lets you fill 30 tires per hour if the size is 195/65R15, while another will cover 90 tires of that size per hour. Another can fill 14 11R22.5 size tires an hour.

Depending on the volume of business in your shop for passenger or medium truck tires, these statistics can be critical. Shipping weight can vary from 150 to 422 lbs., another consideration when ordering a nitrogen generator. Dimensions are also important and can range from 32” (height) x 19” (width) x 5” (depth) up to 69” (height) x 24” (width) x 20“ (depth).

Be sure to examine nitrogen purity before laying out cash. Some generators use something called “smart nitrogen purity controls,” while others come direct from the factory with clearly stated nitrogen purity ratings, such as 95% pure.

Although features and benefits vary from company to company, the new breed of generators features a membrane that doesn’t degrade over time and no moving parts. Another plus is that a new nitrogen generator can be connected to an existing compressed-air supply and be ready to generate nitrogen in minutes. One maker says its nitrogen generator is configurable and upgradeable, even while in use. Across the board, such units are said to be very quiet. Other claims by nitrogen generator makers include the prevention of auto-ignition of tires and the elimination of rim corrosion.

To help you calculate profitability for a new nitrogen generator, one maker walks you through a return on investment model. The cost of a unit in its example is $6,478. If you charge $5 per tire for nitrogen inflation and fill all four tires on 10 vehicles a day, it will take you 33 days to pay for the new nitrogen unit. Be sure to do your homework by contacting a variety of nitrogen generator companies.

Source: Tire Review magazine

You May Also Like

Clarios Formalizes Joint Development Agreement with Altris

Altris will develop sodium ion cells for low-voltage tech while Clarios will lead in battery management systems, software, and system integration for battery design.

Clarios and Altris, a Swedish developer and prototype manufacturer of sodium-ion batteries, announced an exclusive Joint Development Agreement (JDA) for low-voltage mobility applications.

Under the new JDA, Altris will focus on developing the sodium ion cell technology for low-voltage applications, while Clarios will leverage its expertise in Battery Management Systems (BMS), software, and system integration to design the battery system. This development agreement enhances a collaboration agreement initiated earlier this year, which set in motion the creation of a detailed production plan for low-voltage vehicle batteries utilizing sodium-ion cells, the companies said.

Less is More with Cordless Work Lights

The automotive industry has reaped the benefits of LED lights more than any other industry.

Streamlight Wedge XT
Eaton to Supply ELocker Differential System to EV Manufacturer

The system leverages an electric motor to power the rear wheels and an electric motor or an optional ICE driving the front wheels.

Servicing EVs in Your Shop

Technicians need to learn how to correctly diagnose and repair electrical systems.

technician using laptop
Tool Time Podcast: Schrader TPMS

In this episode, Nadine and Eric sit down with Yanick Leduc to discuss all the TPMS solutions his company has to offer.

Other Posts

Eli Opens Reservations for its Micro-EV in the US

The new Eli ZERO represents a new category of high-tech, efficient and sustainable micro-EVs, according to Eli Electric Vehicles.

Hunter Engineering Releases New Alignment Coverage

Semi-annual specification update includes new and existing records.

#11 LED Work Lights

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) were a revolutionary development of electrical science.

LED Work Lights Feature
Eaton Receives 2024 Automotive News PACEpilot Award

Eaton was recognized for its 4-speed electrified vehicle transmission.