The best practices for air compressors
When analyzing their compressed air performance, it’s important for operators to continually measure performance against best practices within the marketplace. But these best practices are not widely disseminated or understood. Operators turn to companies such as ours to determine the best practices for compressed air systems and how to conform to those best practices within their facilities. In this post, we’ll highlight several best practices on which operators can model their equipment performance.
Deliver Air at Lowest Possible Rates of Pressure
By operating their systems at the highest rates of pressure, operators increase the air consumption of their end uses, their number of system leaks and the overall energy consumption within the system. This means that to reduce energy consumption, leak rate and compressed air consumption, operators must use their equipment at the minimum practical pressure levels while reducing compressor discharge pressure.
Use Storage Carefully to Manage Demand
Operators should only have the necessary number of compressors required to meet demand in use at a given time during operations. However, significant levels of backup storage are required within the system to ensure peak demands can be met. To ensure that demand is met in an effective way, operators should optimize automatic sequencing of their compressors to keep the most efficient systems online and performing according to the needs of the plant through the plant’s changing cycles.
Repair All Leaks, Beginning with the Most Significant
A comprehensive leak analysis can help plants understand the causes behind inefficiencies within their operations. Plant operators often discover leaks are costing their team thousands of dollars per year as they try to retain optimal productivity. Within busy compressed air operations, it’s common to discover a 20-30% leakage rate. This means that employing an aggressive leak detection program can help companies reduce energy expenditure significantly.
Shut Off Systems That Are Not Required for Applications
For those compressed air systems not required for a specific applications, operators should shut-off the system and have a process in place for managing the shut-off stage. The expense of compressed air means that companies often lose system efficiency by sending compressed air into plant areas when it’s not required. A simple shut-off process and an analysis of system requirements throughout the day can help reduce costs.
As the compressed air marketplace continues to evolve, new best practices are being developed in-line with maximizing the benefits of the latest technology. To learn further best practices from within the field, speak with our team directly.