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December 2016 Edition

December 2016 Edition

 

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Compressed Air Central Controller Delivers 5 KPI's

Six rotary screw air compressors are working at partial loads independently of one another. They are located in two air compressor rooms, send the compressed air to the same storage tanks, and one system has a dryer while the other doesn’t. Sound familiar? Don van Ormer, from Air Power USA, kicks off this issue providing an example of how central compressor controllers, properly informed by instrumentation, can improve air compressor reliability, air quality and energy efficiency.

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Permanent Compressed Air System Metering and Monitoring

Airleader’s Jan Hoetzel, examines the benefits of permanent compressed air system metering and monitoring. He provides an example of a two-stage audit, at a factory with more than 10,000 cfm, where stage one included a master controller, energy-efficient dryer and VFD air compressor. After two months of accumulating data, the master controller then helped uncovered a massive volume of leaks whose repair quickly became the focus of phase two.

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Show Report: 2016 World Energy Engineering Conference

Our Editor, Rod Smith, reviews Chiller & Compressed Air System technology and conference topics at the WEEC. See what was going on with ENERGY STAR® and at the booths of Atlas Copco, Hitachi, John Henry Foster, CAM Technologies, Compressed Air Consultants, tekWorx, Smardt Chillers, VP Instruments and Vaisala.

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Control Improvements at Forge Plant Make Big Impact

Metaldyne Performance Group runs a forge plant in Columbus, Indiana. With the help of their service provider, IAC Air Compression, MPG has implemented some innovative control on their existing air compressors, added new air compressors with variable capacity control, and tied everything together with a modern central controller. IAC’s Steve Briscoe and Ron Marshall tell the story of how they now achieve 92% average loading!

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Show Report: 2016 International Woodworking Fair

Our Editor, Rod Smith, reviews Vacuum and Compressed Air System technology and "best practice" topics at the IWF including how CNC Routers and Panel-Cutting centers, like KOMO and Fender, are revisiting their use of vacuum. Hear what's being said about vacuum VSD and centralized system design at the booths of Kaeser Compressors, Atlas Copco, Busch, Bekker, and Dekker.

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