How to Optimize Your Compressed Air System (Part II)
In the first part this blog (posted last month), we talked about how important it is to optimize your compressed air system. We know that air compressors, especially those that are used for industrial purposes are not exactly cheap. That’s why it is only right that we make the most of our investment and do everything we can to keep it in top form.
By now, you should already understand how crucial it is to conduct an awareness training for your staff, how you should implement efficient control both for your compressors and dryers, and how you should monitor your system on a regular basis.
Now let’s talk about some other ways you can optimize your compressed air system:
Work on Improving the Efficiency of Your Air Treatment
Your air compressor produces air that is hot, oily, and wet. That air must be conditioned to avoid contaminating downstream machinery. Air dryers are used to dry the air which is also filtered to remove any contaminants. Your compressed air system can cause significant energy loss through electrical consumption, purge loss, pressure loss, and excessive drainage when removing liquids from the system.
It would be better to choose air dryers that use less power with no-purge low, lower pressure differential, and is designed to be more energy-efficient.
Perform Regular Leakage Detection and Repair Procedures
Did you know that about 25% – 30% of the compressed air that is produced by your compressor never even makes it to the end user? If you neglect leakage detection and regular repair, this can be worse, even up to 80%. Gain energy savings by regularly repairing leaks and checking for new ones.
Avoid Inappropriate Uses
It’s very easy to inappropriately use compressed air, so naturally, it happens often. Train your personnel so they will realize that even if using the compressed air seems to be the easy way, it may not be the most efficient method. There are activities that can be performed using other energy sources. Learn how to do those and used the compressed air only when it’s really needed.
Have a Plant Piping Upgrade
Compressed air piping that is too small for the system can restrict the flow and force your compressor to discharge higher pressures. Usually the distribution piping as well as the compressor room header system were sized ages ago. By now, the plant has probably grown and requires a higher compressed air demand. Piping modification or replacement to increase size may be required.
Those are just some of the ways you can optimize your compressed air system. How about you? What do you do to make sure you’re making the most of your system?