If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following question was submitted by a reader and answered through the efforts of our news staff.
Just curious, what is that steam release sound coming from your building every 30 seconds for about three seconds each time?
It is the dump valve for the air compressor that runs The Times’ equipment.
Water is formed during air compression and builds up, so it needs to be removed from the air system.
The insert machine, which places ads in the paper, and the machine that bends plates to be installed on the printing cylinders are among those that use air compression.
Also, the press requires air that must be compressed.
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