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Operating at Optimum Energy Level

Posted by IAP on 6/21/2017

Every air system reaches a balance between the air compressor’s supply into the system and the downstream demands that use the air. The energy input from compressing the air equals the energy used plus the system’s inherent inefficiencies. Any more or less energy goes into or is released from storage. Every time there is a change to either side of the equation the system rebalances at a new point.

Maintaining Air System Quality

Posted by IAP on 6/7/2017

From the U.S. Department of Energy

Maintaining the proper air quality level is essential for keeping compressed air energy costs down and to ensure reliable production. Poor air quality can have a negative effect on production equipment and can increase energy consumption and maintenance needs. The quality of air produced should be guided by the quality required by the end-use equipment. The air quality level is a function of the levels of particulate, moisture, and lubricant contaminants that the end uses can tolerate. Such air quality levels should be determined before deciding whether the air needs additional treatment. Compressed air should be treated appropriately but not more than is required for the end-use application. 

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.