Industrial Utility Efficiency    

The System Assessment


Replacing air compressors, dryers and filters with more efficient models has saved electrical costs


The beverage industry has been using polyethylene terephthalate (PET) 2-liter plastic bottles


Rockline Industries is one of the largest global producers of consumer products, specializing in


Several days prior to our visit, during a cold winter evening, the lead air compressor in one


The United States accounts for roughly half of the global pharmaceutical market. This certainly


Nissan North America operates on a massive scale. The company’s powertrain assembly plant in


Making cement is an energy-intensive process. In a cement plant, the electrical energy load can


Boeing Canada Winnipeg (BCW) has been recognized with the best improvement project of 2013 within


Quite a number of worst-case compressed air scenarios have been encountered over the years but none


In the U.S. as an example, the NFPA has taken the view that if your compressor draws in good clean


Nuclear power plants produce electricity for people, business and industry.  Electricity is

Oil & Gas

Biogas is an extremely valuable energy source. Originating from biomass, sewage, plants and


Aeration tanks use bubble diffusers to distribute oxygen within the wastewater. Fine bubble
Critical applications — such as semiconductor manufacturing, food processing and automobile spray finishing — require high quality, clean compressed air. Otherwise, those manufacturing facilities are doomed to costly rework, product recalls and a tarnished reputation. “In semiconductor manufacturing, a small particle can ruin one of the die on a multi-die semiconductor wafer,” explained Dan Ryan, Engineering Manager, Parker Hannifin Corporation – Gas Separation and Filtration Division. “Even when it comes to things like painting automobiles, a few small, invisible particulates, depending on the makeup of them, can actually cause a visible flaw in the paint job.”
The World Energy Engineering Conference provides many educational tracks for energy managers to attend, including several hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program and the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Program. I was fortunate to sit in on several of the Industrial Energy Management tracks, in which energy mangers from companies like Raytheon, Nissan North America, and General Mills shared success stories and strategies for running energy management programs.
Compressed air is used in more than 70 percent of all manufacturing activities, ranging from highly critical applications that may impact product quality to general “shop” uses. When compressed air is used in the production of pharmaceuticals, food, beverages, medical devices, and other products, there seems to be confusion on what testing needs to be performed.