It is crucial to your business to make compressed air usage as energy efficient as possible. There are several steps you can take in order to do this which won’t take long periods of time but could make huge savings on your energy costs.
Make sure you know all the applications which used compressed air in your factory. If you can, identify the flow and pressure requirements of them. Doing this will help you to recognise if compressed air is being used for any unsuitable applications.
Calculate the usage costs of compressed air by monitoring the compressor operating hours and load cycle at regular intervals. Ensure that all compressed air equipment is maintained to manufacturers’ specifications.
Set a target for increasing cost-effective leak reduction. A feasible aim would be 10% for industrial applications. After any leaks have been repaired, re-assess the compressed air system supply. A general rule is that an extra 1% of operating costs of energy applies for each increase of 2psi operating pressure.
Shut of the air flow to any unused equipment as far back in the system as possible and decrease the distance at which the air travels through the distribution system.