Getting System Pressure Right
Every factory floor is different and the arrangement and needs of compressed air applications are a part of that diversity. You may have equipment that requires additional pressure only at certain times or a sensitive end use that may require less than the system is providing. The good news is that there are plenty of ways of getting your compressed air system’s pressure not too hard, and not too soft, but just right.
As Low as It Goes
For the purposes of saving energy you should, as a general rule, operate a compressor at the lowest discharge pressure it’s capable of while still maintaining enough to effectively maintain end-use applications. Of course if you’re going to go to a lower pressure you’ll need to check your system in its entirety for any additional drops that may be occurring and make sure they’re dealt with first. That way you won’t end up losing any production time.
Dealing with Spikes
Fluctuations are very common on many factory and shop floors. Certain equipment simply doesn’t need to be run all the time so it’s more cost-effective for it to remain off and not drawing on the compressed air system. In most cases it’s a bad idea to have a larger compressor to handle intermittent spikes since the additional cost can be high. It’s better to install a secondary air receiver that can be used to meet any additional demand. If air receivers are insufficient smaller compressors can be added to increase production. Pressure and flow controllers will turn on the systems as necessary and then turn them off again after the need is over – ensuring no unnecessary energy costs are incurred.
Keeping pressure constant and up to required standards is a matter of proper planning, the right equipment, and a regular maintenance schedule. If you have any issues with system pressure at your plant or need the assistance of a compressed air expert contact us at CED today.