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Why Does Compressed Air Need Drying?

Posted by IAP on 5/24/2017

All atmospheric air contains some water vapor which will begin to condense into liquid water when the air in a compressed air system cools to the saturation point, i.e., the point where it can hold no more water vapor. The temperature at which this happens is known as the dew point. This dew point is a key factor in determining how much drying is needed. 

Sizing Fundamentals for Reciprocating Compressors

Posted by IAP on 5/9/2017

A Tech Brief from CT2

The task of sizing reciprocating compressors goes back many decades. Today, most reciprocating compressor OEMs provide powerful sizing software to aid engineers and end users. Nevertheless, without proper care and attention to detail, these sizing tools may generate misleading and undesirable hardware suggestions. 

Stop Operating Blind - Use a Flowmeter

Posted by IAP on 4/24/2017

An old management axiom is: “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” This is still as true today as it was when it was first uttered by wise men many years ago. But in the old days, where compressed air was concerned, there may have been some good excuses for ignoring compressed air flow measurement. 

Minimize Compressed Air Leaks

Posted by IAP on 4/12/2017
Leaks are a significant source of wasted energy in a compressed air system, often wasting as much as 20% to 30% of the compressor’s output. Compressed air leaks can also contribute to problems with system operations.

Stable Pressure at End Use is Key to Cost Savings

Posted by IAP on 3/17/2017
Compressed air is one of the most important utility requirements of many industrial manufacturing plants because it directly serves processes and applications such as pneumatic tools, pneumatic controls, compressed air operated cylinders for machine actuation, product cleansing and blow-off applications.

Operating Cost Savings for Compressed Air Systems

Posted by IAP on 3/1/2017
Like all electro-mechanical equipment, industrial compressed air systems require periodic maintenance to operate at peak efficiency and minimize unscheduled downtime. Inadequate maintenance can increase energy consumption via lower compression efficiency, air leakage, or pressure variability. It also can lead to high operating temperatures, poor moisture control, excessive contamination, and unsafe working environments. Most issues are minor and can be corrected with simple adjustments, cleaning, part replacement, or elimination of adverse conditions. Compressed air system maintenance is similar to that performed on cars; filters and fluids are replaced, cooling water is inspected, belts are adjusted, and leaks are identified and repaired.