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March 2015 Edition

March 2015 Edition

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Sidel and Krones Blow Molders Stretch Conservation Potential

Sidel and Krones are two of the world’s largest PET stretch blow molding machine manufacturers. They continue to aggressively re-engineer their machines so their customers, like Pepsi Bottling, require less energy to run them. In this article, PET Compressor experts from Bellis & Morcom and AF Compressors also comment on the improvements of the air recycling systems and on the lower final blow pressures (290 to 365 psi) being made possible by light-weighting water bottles.

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11 Key Considerations for Selecting a PET Air Compressor System

Pete Rhoten has been designing PET compressor systems for Hope Air Systems since 1979. In this edition, Rhoten shares some very practical information on selecting a PET Air Compressor System. His article includes a couple of “tear this chart out and keep it” tables for operators. One is a high- and low-pressure compressed air piping selection chart, and the other is a maintenance checklist.

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Go with the Flow: How Flow Meters Can Help Improve Plant Efficiency

In this article, Contributing Editor Scott Williams interviews New Hampshire-based compressed air consultant Jeff Wright on his vast experience using flow meters in his system assessments. Roger Dennison, President of CDI Meters, also offers his significant expertise on where and how to install thermal mass dispersion technology compressed air flow meters for reliable readings.

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The Final Cost is Determined by How Compressed Air is Used

How many factories can really pinpoint how their air is used? In this month’s edition, Bob Wilson from PEMCO Services provides another interesting article that provides a detailed look at different compressed air storage strategies and approaches. Specifically, Wilson discusses how lowering air pressures, controlling use points, applying storage appropriately, and eliminating wasteful practices will save on the air consumed at the point of use.

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Acrylon Plastics Optimizes Compressed Air Supply to Rotary Molding Process

Acrylon Plastics is a Canadian plastic parts company that deploys rotary molding processes. They experienced significant peaks in compressed air demand, which resulted in low plant pressure and high energy bills. Ron Marshall, on behalf of the Compressed Air Challenge®, again delivers a comprehensive case study that describes how a 1060 gallon compressed air storage tank, a flow controller, and a 75-horsepower VSD air compressor were added incrementally to solve the pressure problems and reduce energy costs.

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