Rand-Air offers Air Flow Audits for Manufacturing Sector on oil-injected compressors
So, how can you ensure an efficient compressed air system at your plant?
Manufacturing facilities spend around 40% of their total energy costs on compressed air alone, making an efficient compressed air system critical for maintaining a healthy bottom line. Unfortunately, not all systems operate in the most efficient manner possible, and we see it every day – compressors not appropriately sized, outdated technology, air leaks, pressure drops – the list can go on and on.
Increasing energy costs is a widespread concern. The U.S. Department of Energy has estimated that over 50% of industrial air compressors are not running efficiently, resulting in 3.2 billion dollars of energy waste annually.
What does a compressed air flow audit look at?
- Compressed Air Flow & Demand
- Compressed Air Pressure Output/Demand
- Compressed Air Dew Point
- Efficiency of Compressed Air Supply vs Demand
A site survey will obtain a complete list of equipment so that there is a complete understanding of what must be measured. Looks compressor make and model, storage, air dryer, and all air piping in the facility.
The audit team will place sensors on the compressed air system to understand compressed air output vs facility demands, with specific reference to flow, pressure, and dewpoint. A period of 7 days includes peak times, as well as off-peak times, thus giving a clear idea of the total flow
Evaluating System Performance
Our audit team will evaluate the data collected, and identify improvements. The recommendations report looks at output vs demand, and assists in improving compressed air efficiency in your facility.
The recommendations are designed to bring power consumption and efficient compressed air usage into line. This may include eliminating inappropriate uses of compressed air, fixing leaks, or upgrading inefficient equipment. It can also include any of the common findings listed above to improve system efficiencies.
Here are 3 reasons to regularly audit your system
- You could be saving money
- Energy costs make up to 80% of lifetime system costs
- Air Audit can improve the system's energy consumption, and operating costs and improve sustainability
- Safety is paramount
- Without regular audits, you might be missing safety issues and endangering your workforce
- A better system for the job
- Audits identify inefficiencies & safety risks, and will assist in determining if a different compressor would better suit your needs