Compressed Air Ideas Have Consequences

By: Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

Managing Editor of Maintenance Technology Jane Alexander recently interviewed compressed air expert Ron Marshall for the July 2017 issue of the magazine. The article, “Untangling Compressed Air Misconceptions” provides fair warning: what you may be doing in your plant, albeit with the best of intentions, could actually be doing more harm than good. Continue reading “Compressed Air Ideas Have Consequences”

Is Compressed Air a Utility or a Production Input?

By: Michael Camber

Compressed air is often referred to as the fourth or even the fifth utility. Compressed air professionals have promoted this idea for decades. Compressed air certainly has some attributes of other utilities, but there are some notable differences. Continue reading “Is Compressed Air a Utility or a Production Input?”

12 Days of Compressed Air Energy Savings [Infographic]

By: Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

Looking for ways to spread some holiday cheer and savings? Here are 12 tips to keep your compressed air system off the naughty list. Continue reading “12 Days of Compressed Air Energy Savings [Infographic]”

Customer Success Story: Keep It Under Control

By: Michael Camber

Problem:

A Tier 1 automotive seating and electrical supplier was interested in taking advantage of local utility rebate incentives. For their compressed air needs, they had been relying on four compressors manufactured in the 1980’s, inherited from a sister plant. Each unit operated in modulation control and was manually switched on and off, leaving the units continually fighting each other, resulting in wasted energy, fluctuating pressure, and increased maintenance costs. Continue reading “Customer Success Story: Keep It Under Control”

70% Savings: How One Customer Saved Big by Replacing a Modulating Compressor

By: Michael Camber

A Kentucky lumber mill was planning to add a new line, and the plant manager was looking into buying another air compressor. A colleague at a sister facility estimated they would need at least an additional 75 hp to meet the increased demands, so the plant manager requested pricing on 75 hp and 100 hp units.  The existing system was based on a 40 hp modulating compressor, running nearly continuously. Continue reading “70% Savings: How One Customer Saved Big by Replacing a Modulating Compressor”