RAPTAIR Diesel Drive gets MSHA approval

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VMAC says its RAPTAIR Diesel Drive Stand-Alone air compressor is now available in a Mining Safety and Health Administration approved version.

The primary modification to enable approval was a change to the engine. The MSHA approved version uses a Kubota engine that runs at a slower speed than the Kubota offered in the RAPTAIR60.

The company says the slower approved engine enables the compressor to provide more than 52 CFM and the lower RPM also make the system quieter than the 60 CFM version. Although there is a decrease in CFM, the RAPTAIR50 is a high performance air compressor that can be truck- or skid-mounted with enough power to run most common air tools used in mining operations. The new diesel drive engine also decreases the possibility of fire presented with a gasoline engine.

Being MSHA approval means the compressor has been authorized for safe use in underground coal and gassy metal mines and has undergone rigorous testing conducted by experts at the MSHA. It ensures air quality is within safety standards while running the unit underground, a major concern for all such operations. The release of this product is part of VMAC’s strategy to provide safe, high performance air compressors for use in a variety of environments and demonstrates our leading position in the mobile air industry.