Industrial Energy Savings    

The System Assessment

Food

SQF is a food safety management company that conducts audits and reports its findings on companies

Plastics

Compressed Air Best Practices® Magazine interviewed Michael Jones, Corporate Energy Team Leader

Paper

This paper mill currently spends $1,747,000 annually on energy to operate the compressed air

Printing

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

Pharmaceutical

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

Auto

This northeastern U.S. automotive manufacturing facility spends $269,046 annually on energy to

Transit

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

Metals

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

Medical

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

Power

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

Oil & Gas

Sullair of Houston, one of the largest North American distributors of Sullair industrial and

Wastewater

Recently the capacity of the Las Palmas, California, waste water treatment operations were expanded
During my forty years of involvement with distribution (companies that sell and service compressed air system products) as a Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Account Manager, I have witnessed a tremendous amount of change in the compressed air industry. As much as we like to reminisce about the good old days, it is quite apparent that the resources, capabilities and knowledge of distribution today are significantly better than ever before.
Sullair of Houston, one of the largest North American distributors of Sullair industrial and portable diesel compressors, loves a challenge. The company designs customized air compressor packages that fit the rough and rugged world outside the walls of an industrial plant. It builds air compressor solutions that operate efficiently in extreme, harsh environments around the globe. This includes offshore or marine environments, high or low ambient conditions—any environment where a standard air compressor will not operate safely or efficiently.
Production complains about frequent work stoppages due to air supply related problems. It wants a more reliable consistent source of compressed air. Maintenance says it will need to replace an older compressor with a new one to improve the reliability and stability of the system. Maybe purchase a bigger one than currently needed in anticipation of future increases in air demands. Management wants assurances a good return on the investment will be realized from the expenditure before making a financial commitment. For comparing and evaluating alternatives, a benchmark must be established to determine the cost to run the current system. An assessment must be performed to identify the saving’s opportunities and assign dollar values. Questions about the cost of the assessment and what is to be expected in return need to be answered.