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June 2016 Edition

June 2016 Edition

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ELGi Compressors USA at HAECO Americas

HAECO Americas Airframe Services provides aircraft maintenance and MRO services to major commercial and military clients. Compressed air is important to them. “Compressed air is our lifeline. Everything here runs on air,” explained Curtis Wood, HAECO facilities team supervisor. We hope you enjoy our article describing the system assessments they’ve conducted, with ELGi Compressors USA, to optimize their energy consumption while remaining able to handle their highly fluctuating air demands in each hangar.

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Packaging Company Receives More Than Just Backup Air

Diversified Air Systems provides us with an excellent system assessment story about a packaging company requiring backup air system. They had multiple 50 horsepower single stage lubricated rotary screw air compressors performing well but barely keeping up with demand. After a thorough system assessment, the packaging company installed a new compressed air system cutting energy consumption in half, qualified for a $46,000 energy rebate and allowed the older equipment to provide the desired redundancy.

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Lantech Case Erectors Engineered for Compressed Air Efficiency

We often hear from Energy Managers how hard it is to “sustain the gain” after system assessments optimize their systems. This is often due to new production equipment requiring higher pressures. Lantech has truly re-designed their Case Erectors to function equally well at significantly lower compressed air pressure.

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Systems Approach Cuts Fabric Mill Energy Costs

Ron Marshall, on behalf of the Compressed Air Challenge®, reports. "The compressed air system consists of ten large turbo air compressors ranging in size from 375 kW to 500 kW.  Two smaller rotary screw compressors were used for seal air duty for the turbo compressors and other auxiliary uses.  The compressed air is conditioned using refrigerant style dryers."

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A Compressed Air Piping System Assessment

Gary Wamsely, from JoGar Energy Services, writes. "During an Energy Review at a relatively new healthcare garment factory, we found all three of the rotary screw air compressors were operating at 115-120 psig."

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Pneumatic vs. Electric Tool Calculations and Considerations

According to Jerry Zolkowski PE, from Consumers Energy Business Solutions, figuring out the energy savings for the switch from pneumatic to electric tools requires an estimate of energy use for each case. The effect of replacing a few tools in a large compressed air system may be too small to detect using power monitoring on the air compressors. However, it can still be a good practice, and when part of a larger program to reduce air consumption, the combined efforts will amount to something measurable.

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