Energy Savings as Easy as Pie

By: Wayne Perry

Everyone wants to save money. But when it comes to a compressed air system, what’s the best way to do it? I recommend looking for inspiration in a nice, big piece of pie.
Compressed air system costs can be broken down into three basic (and broad) categories: equipment purchase price, maintenance, and electricity. Here’s an example from The Compressed Air Challenge to illustrate the cost breakdown for these three categories over the ten year life of a system: Continue reading “Energy Savings as Easy as Pie”

To Err is Human

By: Wayne Perry

“To err is human, to forgive divine, to persist devilish.” Benjamin Franklin

One of our more colorful founding fathers provided us with an excellent warning when it comes to industrial compressed air optimization projects. Continue reading “To Err is Human”

Savings Potential as Far as Your Eye Can See

By: Michael Camber

Ron Marshall recently posted an article on PneumaticTips.com about an automotive parts manufacturer that was able to reap the benefits of annual electrical savings by using the heat rejected by the plant compressors for wintertime heating. Continue reading “Savings Potential as Far as Your Eye Can See”

Don’t Throw Your Compressed Air Down the Drain

By: Michael Camber

If you’ve got a compressed air system, then you’ve got condensate. Hopefully, you also have condensate drains on aftercoolers, filters, dryers, tanks, and air lines throughout your system. Condensate drains are often overlooked but serve a vital function. Condensate is mostly water, but it also contains oil, dirt, and other materials. If you aren’t properly draining it from your system, you can contaminate your products and cause wear and downtime in your production equipment. Continue reading “Don’t Throw Your Compressed Air Down the Drain”

Misuse of Plant Air

By: Michael Camber

In our visits to plants we often find poor uses of compressed air.  Even though our business depends on selling and servicing compressors, we hate to see people running compressors when they don’t need to.  It’s energy wasted, and we devote much human energy to educating customers on saving electrical energy. Continue reading “Misuse of Plant Air”