Engineered to be both dependable and versatile, the D-Series industrial electric direct drive rotary screw air compressor is one of many energy efficient solutions developed by Sullivan-Palatek. The D-Series compressors are offered in a range of 15-40 HP. They are equipped with an easily readable standard microprocessor, a coupling and drive that is mounted to the motor C-face, and an easily replaceable air intake filter along with a one-piece housing inlet/check valve. With their compact size and high reliability, these machines are ideal for smaller industrial settings such as automotive shops, small machining factories and fabrication workshops.
Posted Date: 5/31/2018
The D900PH4CU5 portable air compressor offers duel operating pressures of 100 or 150 psi and is equipped with the Sullivan-Palatek Electronic Control System. This unit has various applications including construction site demolition and sandblasting. With its aftercool and filter options this unit is also able to be used as a safe, reliable method for factories to meet their compressed air needs.
Posted Date: 5/30/2018
The all new Sullivan-Palatek D375PHJD4 portable compressor is a versatile dual pressure unit, delivering 375 CFM at 100 psi or 150 psi.
At its core, the new model features a 140 hp John Deere Tier 4 final engine and a large 127 mm twin screw air end engineered and manufactured by Sullivan-Palatek. Other features include a full containment frame, remote drains, lockout aftercooler capability, large 80 gallon fuel tank, exterior lit fuel fill, fuel saving and noise reducing clutch fan, and an exterior that boasts a durable galvanneal enclosure with a powder coated finish for rust and corrosion resistance.
The compressor is also equipped with the SPEC full service electronic controller, with digital readouts for everything from compressor temperature to aftercooler filter warnings. The controller also features the models complete parts and service list for ease of maintenance.
Posted Date: 4/13/2018
There are many elements of our tax code that Congress is poised to correct by passing comprehensive tax reform. Maybe the biggest improvement would be fixing a tax system that favors larger corporations who move U.S. jobs overseas, but penalizes manufacturers which primarily base their operations in the United States.
Manufacturing is one of the core industries that makes the United States an economic powerhouse. It provides meaningful, good-paying jobs and offers employees the satisfaction of a career in which they can be proud of the products they make.
I see that every day at the family-owned firm I have overseen for more than three decades. Sullivan-Palatek manufactures industrial air compressors right here in Indiana, where we have grown to support 190 jobs. We’re a proud contributor to the entire equipment manufacturing industry nationwide, which supports more than 62,000 jobs here in Indiana, and almost 1.3 million jobs across the United States.
Many of the jobs we support at Sullivan-Palatek require a skilled workforce, which we develop through years of hard work, training and hands-on experience. Some of our more complex compressor models contain more than 1,000 parts and may take more than a week to complete through the full assembly process.
Our employees show tremendous pride in this work; it is one of the most amazing and gratifying parts of our work. A complete range of support staff also helps us engineer new products and assist customers in the purchase and use of our equipment.
We want to re-invest in our employees and in our manufacturing business. In fact, there are numerous equipment and tooling projects that already would have been started if it weren’t for the excessively high federal taxes place on our business.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act under consideration by Congress isn’t perfect. But it addresses many of the inequities that has contributed to the loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs over the past few decades.
Tax reform will put U.S.-based manufacturers on a more even position versus firms who base most of their operations overseas. Tax reform will make it easier for companies to bring money that has unnecessarily remained overseas back to the United States, so they can invest in their businesses and workforce. Most crucially, corporate tax reform will strengthen the broader manufacturing economy and the equipment manufacturing industry specifically — an industry that supports plenty of middle-class and upper-middle-class jobs.
That is why tax reform is so essential for our industry. While readers might be familiar with a few larger, publicly-traded equipment manufacturers, many more equipment manufacturing firms are privately or family-owned. These companies play an important role in our manufacturing economy, but face added challenges in obtaining operating capital from outsources. Their growth and modernization hinges on their profitability, and their profitability is harmed by our burdensome and cumbersome tax code.
For many of these companies, substantial product innovation and improvement are their lifeblood. Companies that don’t evolve and adapt don’t survive. Innovation requires capital investments to support new products and production techniques. And right now, our tax code distorts those capital investments, which, in turn, harms job creation.
So it’s time for our tax-writers in Washington to take a cue from many small manufacturing businesses. It’s time that we evolve our tax code to reflect our 21st Century economy. Congress should seize the opportunity to pass tax reform that encourages the next manufacturing renaissance in America, and the scores of jobs that will come with it.
Bruce McFee is chairman and CEO of Sullivan-Palatek in Michigan City.
Posted Date: 12/21/2017
Rental Customers: Distributors and Rental Stores
Rental customers are always looking for ways to keep their rental rates low. They need reliable products that perform efficiently. Today, distributors and rental stores struggle with the new higher priced compressors to keep utilization high enough to pay for the compressor and also maintain a reasonable ROI. Rental stores face challenges when trying to find a balance between the higher rental rates demanded by Tier 4 Final and lower utilization due to rental cost to the customer.
Challenges and Solutions
The main challenge for rental stores that are considering the purchase of Tier 4 Final compressors, is the added cost of the new Tier 4 Final diesel engine compressors while still maintaining competitive rental rates.
On the other side of the counter, customers are exploring their options. One of which is smaller single tool compressors (90 CFM). The majority of compressor rentals only go out with one air tool, so standard 185 CFM compressors have more CFM than is actually needed in many cases.
This opens the door for new single tool compressors, like the Sullivan-Palatek D90PKU, to find a spot in the marketplace. The D90PKU is priced lower and allows rental stores to maintain higher ROI. As the rental rate is only slightly lower than the more expensive 185. The smaller diesel engines cost less because they only need a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) to meet the Tier 4 Final requirements. These new small Tier 4 Final compressors are attractively priced and they don’t have the diesel particulate filter (DPF) systems with regeneration cycles that require the diesel engine fluid (DEF) allowing the customer to avoid these potential technology issues. Another advantage to the renter is the lower fuel costs, as the 90 burns considerably less fuel than the 185. Lastly, the small footprint that accompanies a 90 CFM compressor. The smaller 90 CFM unit takes up far less space in a crowded rental yard or jobsite than its 185 CFM counterpart.
Posted Date: 7/6/2017