Industrial Utility Efficiency

Cartiera Confalone Tissue Paper Line Cuts the Cost of Compressed Air

The pulp and paper industry depends on reliable sources of energy, water and compressed air; maintaining cost-effective supplies of these utilities is important to every successful business. Within paper making processes, a clean, oil-free air supply is essential for the reliable operation of pneumatic equipment and a high-quality end product. For one manufacturer in Italy, the selection of an oil-free turbocompressor enabled both operational and maintenance costs to be reduced.

Moisture: the Assassin in Compressed Air Installations

Moisture can freeze in compressed air systems and cause rust and pitting in pipes and components. It can also flush out the lubricant resulting in accelerated tool wear and damage to valves and cylinders. Moist air is also a rewarding breeding ground for bacteria, which especially in the food and pharmaceutical industries can lead to product rejection and costly production downtime. It is therefore strange that many companies limit themselves to measuring only basic quantities such as pressure, flow and (absorbed) power.

Compressed Air System Design for Dust Collectors

The dust is collected on the bag or fingers, and when the cake of dust is of appropriate thickness and structure, a pulse or pulses of compressed air hits or shocks the bag and knocks the cake off. This pulse may sometimes be accompanied by physical shaking and even reverse air flows, depending on design.

Compressed Air Systems and Rocket Science

Would you believe the same technology used in the launching and controlling of a space rocket is also used in your compressed air system? Yes, in some cases, “rocket science” helps to solve problems in compressed air systems and ensures the performance of the installed units. In this article, we are going to explain the technology called the “Sonic Nozzle”, that combines a space rocket thruster and your compressed air system. Additionally, we are going to walk through a case study, step by step, to show how it works.

The System Assessment

Food

A premium whiskey distillery was seeking to renew their compressed air system and meet their

Plastics

The Pepsi bottling plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba has upgraded both their main 100 psi compressed air

Paper

The pulp and paper industry depends on reliable sources of energy, water and compressed air;

Printing

The Sussex plant operates no less than 22 air compressors to keep pace with demand, which ranges

Pharmaceutical

This article is intended to show the relationships between risks and specifications, opportunities

Auto

“I’ll say this politely. At the end of the day, we shouldn’t have to worry about compressed air,

Bulk

A major producer of cement and building materials, CalPortland’s energy management efforts have

Transit

In the absence of the control system, the air compressors were loading and unloading according to

Metals

Plant personnel had experienced ongoing problems with its process grinder performance due to

Medical

Helium is a precious noble gas that has become invaluable for leak detection, as well as cooling

Power

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

Oil & Gas

In terms of compressed air systems, it’s not unusual to see a plant with 10 to 15 air compressors,

Wastewater

Wastewater treatment processes have come a long way in the past century, but demand continues to