About Sullair

Sullair was founded in Michigan City, Indiana in 1965 and has since expanded to serve customers in every corner of the globe. We have offices in Chicago and manufacturing facilities in the United States and China – all ISO 9001 certified to ensure the highest quality standards in manufacturing. You can read more about Sullair’s history here.

For more than 50 years, Sullair has been on the leading edge of compressed air solutions. We were one of the first to execute rotary screw technology in our air compressors, and our machines are famous throughout the world for their legendary durability. As the industry moves forward, we will remain at the forefront with quality people, innovation, and air compressors that are built to last.

Hitachi acquired Sullair in 2017, and has complemented our culture of innovation and excellence. Hitachi’s mission is to ‘contribute to society through the development of superior original technology and products’ and Sullair strives to follow and contribute to this mission.

Sullair supplies all types of air compressors including piston, Screw, Scroll and Centrifugal machines. Designed and Engineered for Australian conditions, our customers have relied on compressors to perform in the most demanding conditions on the planet. From mining, engineering and manufacturing (oil-injected compressors), to food and beverage, pharmaceutical medical industries (oil-free compressors), we can supply all your air compressor needs. Our comprehensive range has a global reputation for superior quality, reliability, durability, and performance that allow you to do your job smoothly and efficiently.

Sullair operates 24/7 nationally across Australia with 7 branches, 6 distributors and 6 satellite service locations. Sullair Australia provides full sales and service support through seven branch offices including Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane, Mackay, Perth, Adelaide and Whyalla. If you wish to have a Sullair representative contact you about your compressed air power needs, spare parts or service enquiries, please fill out the contact us form and we will be in touch with you shortly.

Sullair provides turnkey compressed air solutions: Supply equipment, installs, commissions and services all types of compressed air equipment. We work with a wide variety of clients, both large and small, across a diverse range of industries. We are constantly manufacturing, maintaining and improving our products to ensure that they are entirely fit for purpose. No matter what industry you’re in, or how you’re using compressed air, Sullair has the perfect fit for purpose product for you.

Sullair has specific preventative maintenance service kits at recommended intervals to keep your compressor running trouble free. The Sullair ‘Partner Care Program’ provides for economical fixed price servicing for all compressors and peripheral equipment, regardless of their make or model. Sullair’s Partner Care program guarantees that your compressor runs efficiently, saving you thousands of dollars over its operational life.

Sullair Partner Care Program is a two year fixed price servicing for Rotary Screw Compressors, Reciprocating Compressors, Chillers, Refrigerated Dryers, Air Receiver Inspections. By signing up for Partner Care you receive discounted parts and labour, as compared to normal retail pricing. You also receive priority treatment for regular and breakdown servicing. Regular maintenance of your compressor air system, ensuring that it is kept running within factory specifications as our engineers intended, is the key to optimum efficiency and your business success.

Reliability isn’t just about machines, it’s also about the support we offer after purchase. Sullair offers Priority Access to 24 hour, 7 days per week breakdown service.

It means you get a technician on the phone, or on-site, wherever and whenever you need them. Reliability is us taking the initiative to ensure every one of our products is performing at maximum efficiency – helping you achieve your business goals. Your success is our success. That’s why we’re proud to offer a range of Customer Care services for all makes and models, around the clock, and nationwide. Installation, commissioning, routine and programmed maintenance, refurbishment, 24/7 breakdown services, on-site or on-line training – desert backroads to city streets, we match our service to your requirements. Business prevention always trumps cure. We’ll even help you evaluate, monitor, and manage your compressed air system, so you’re running smarter, always.

Sullair offers Oil Free compressors certified class Zero, such the SRL Scroll, DSP Screw and T/TR/F Turbo series. Our oil free are all Class 0 Oil Free Air — For applications in which air purity is essential, including pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, electronics, automotive painting, and textiles. Sullair’s SRL series Scroll compressors and DSP Series Screw compressors are certified oil free under ISO8573-1.

Sullair supplies a complementary range of products including chillers, nitrogen generators and vacuum pumps to satisfy our customer’s needs and demands. We also sell all accessories that you may need for your air compressors, from filters to air ends.

General Air Compressor knowledge

Every one bar reduction in pressure can save up to 6% in energy consumption. Compressors should be run at the lowest acceptable pressure. This is the most efficient way to run your machine, better for the environment and will save money.

A leaks cost depends on the diameter of the hole and the pressure of the machine. As an example, 3 small leaks of 1 mm in the plant using 7 bar air can cost well over $5000 a year for a continuous running plant. In most cases, the cost of fixing a leak is significantly lower than the cost associated with lost compressed air.

Having a clean filter improves the quality of air downstream , however it is important to note that a downstream oil filter that isn’t cleaned regularly and is dirty increases the pressure drop, making the machine less efficient and more expensive to run.

A loop system or ring main, as it is popularly called, reduces pressure drops in the system, provides additional storage, and maintains uniform pressure in the system. This is always preferable where possible.

Having a right sized dryer can save you in the long run. A dryer is a critical part of the compressed air system. Having the right size dryer can ensure the correct quality of air reaching the application and ensuring quality of finished goods. Clean and dry air also reduces corrosion and associated leakages in pipes over a period of time thereby saving energy in the long run.

As compressed air gets dry, it gets progressively difficult to dry it further. A refrigerated air dryer can dry air to approximately a pressure dew point of 3°C which is sufficient for most applications. To achieve higher levels of dryness, we desiccant dryers are used. These dryers are quite energy intensive in the process of drying air either in the form of purge losses or electric heaters or vacuum pumps. Drying air beyond what the application demands is not recommended. Speak to your Sullair representative for more information.

Class 0 is the highest purity class in the ISO 8573 range. Class 0 ensures the highest quality in compressed air available globally today. When air purity is critical — oil free air is essential. Oil-injected compressors can result in oil particules in compressed air, which can contaminate downstream processes and production. Depending on the compressor’s use, sometimes this isn’t an issue, however oil-free Class 0 air is always recommended for uses when air comes in contact with an edible product, such as any food and beverage or pharmaceutical uses.

A VSD compressor varies the speed of the motor saving energy. However, there are invertor losses associated with VSD’s which can be as high as 5%. If your application demands a fairly steady flow of compressed air, selecting the right size compressor will be more energy efficient than using a VSD compressor running at 100% load.

Air receivers form a critical component of compressed air systems. They reduce velocity and allow the compressed air to cool and condense. Also since the outlet from the receiver is usually at a higher point, it allows the condensation to collect at the bottom of the receiver which can be safely drained.

The mass flow rate of the compressor decreases by about 1% for each 3°C increase in temperature, yes. Power consumption increase however is negligible with reduction in temperature. Hence it is more economical to inlet air as cool as possible. Lower inlet temperature also means the operating temperature of the compressor is lower and improves overall efficiency of the system including downstream treatment.

Yes, dirty filters increase pressure drop making compressors run harder and using more energy.

Refer to Class ‘0’ statement above. Just like it is expensive to dry air, Oil free compression is also expensive. An Oil free compressor costs between 2-3 times a lubricated compressor. Selecting an oil free compressor for an application that does not need Oil free air increases the capital cost/initial investment for the compressed air system. High quality of class 1 can be achieved using lubricated compressors.

The size of air receiver required depends on the steadiness of the demand for air in the factory. A factory that uses air in high quantity short bursts needs a bigger receiver than one with a steady demand. Although it may seem prudent to install the smallest air receiver, it may not make economic sense. We should remember that the cost of the air receiver is far less than the compressor it will replace to meet short term high air demand.

Different tools need different quantity and pressure of compressed air. You should refer to the manufacturer’s manual for more information. If you still require assistance, our support teams are always happy to help. Contact them here.

The efficiency of the refrigerated air dryer improves with reduction in inlet air temperature. Having a wet air receiver will improve performance of the air dryer as there can be up to 5°C reduction in temperature in the air receiver.

The air leaving the compressed air is almost always saturated. This means even a small drop in temperature will result in condensation. With a wet air receiver, the amount of condensation can be significant. On a hot day, the condensate can be in several litres per hour. This will fill up the air receiver very fast if it is not drained properly. Therefore, having a good quality drain on the air receiver is critical.

Sullube was developed to go beyond normal lubrication services and achieves excellent protection for your air compressor while being kind to the environment. While other lubricants leave a varnish build up that can coat and restrict the oil cooler, block separators and filters and ultimately cause airend failure, Sullube is free from varnish build up and increase efficiency and performance of the compressor, even in Australia’s harsh environmental conditions. Sullube is also biodegradable and environmentally friendly.

The choice of wet or dry air receiver depends on application and size of downstream air treatment. A wet air receiver acts as an efficient moisture separator and improves performance of downstream dryers. An additional dry air receiver can be used at point of use or if application is critical.

Specific product questions

Yes, all Champion products are designed and rated to operate continuously at 50°C, making them ideal for the harsh Australian heat and environment. They are also available with a wide range of options including stainless steel panels for harsh environments, outdoor packs, modulating inlet controls and food grade lubricants.

Sullair’s VOC compressors come equipped with a spiral valve that varies the effective compression length of the airend. This means that you only compress the amount of air that is actually needed. A VOC compressor can help maintain a much tighter pressure band in the plant and save substantially on energy costs compared to a load/unload compressor. Talk to our specialist to conduct an audit of your plant and determine possible savings.

No. Unfortunately, all compressors that Champion makes are 3 phase only.

Yes. Sullair can supply compressors with a wide variety of oils lubricants including mineral, synthetic, and food grade lubricants.

Champion compressors are rated to IP65 and can be installed outside without additional shelter. Chillers, tanks etc can also be installed outside. Other equipment may need some form of protection before being installed in the elements.

It is not recommended to install VSD units outdoors. The VSD is a sensitive piece of electronic equipment which needs to be kept in a relatively clean operating condition. These compressors are rated to IP54 and are not suited to outdoor use.

A VOC works though the use of a spiral valve that alters the effective compression length of the rotor or airend. A VSD works by electronically altering the frequency of power thereby varying the speed to the motor. While a VSD is more efficient, a VOC is significantly more robust. Our Hybrid compressors are a combination of both systems providing the best of both worlds. The VSD works first and once the lowest speed is reached, the spiral valve further reduces the flow to save more energy.

There are several materials available to be used in piping for compressed air. GI and MS piping is still used but newer materials including Stainless steel and Aluminium are growing in popularity due to ease of installation, longer life and lower pressure drops.

All Champion products have an auto restart function as standard. These are normally disabled for safety reasons but can be activated upon request.

Yes. All champion products can be remotely monitored through either Modbus or AirLinx remote monitoring systems. The compressors can be remotely started and stopped through VFCs as well. Airlinx can only be used for monitoring and not control of compressors.

Sullair air compressors have an operating life of roughly 40,000 hours.

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