Industrial Utility Efficiency

When Three Air Compressors Are Better Than One (or Two)

During Dealer Week, they needed enough compressed air to power multiple machines at a time all day long. Keeping simultaneous demos running for all their top machines required airflow of up to 400 cubic feet per minute (CFM). However, outside of Dealer Week, their compressed air demands were quite modest. On a typical day, they only needed 20 CFM to power their dust collection system and pneumatic tools for their dock and warehouse crating areas. 

Air Compressor and Dryer Innovation Unveiled at Best Practices 2022 EXPO & Conference

In early October 2022, professionals from around the world gathered at the Best Practices 2022 EXPO & Conference in Atlanta to source and learn about the latest on-site utilities powering modern plant automation including compressed air, blowers, vacuum, pneumatics, motors and cooling water systems. This report recaps a fraction of the event’s education curriculum and provides an editorial tour of sponsoring exhibitors’ machinery displays and product introductions.

Using Heat Improves Compressed Air Production Efficiency by 90+%

Compressed air production in industrial facilities consumes 10% of electrical power, on average. While this can vary up or down, it is an industrial average, and is very significant in most plants.
Do you know how much of your power cost goes to producing compressed air? We’ll come back to this at the end of this article.
 

Five Decades of Innovation at Festo USA

The history of Festo began in 1925 in Germany. Festo USA was founded on March 15th, 1972 in Port Washington on Long Island, with the focus of being a full-line supplier of pneumatics – a focus we continue with today.

The System Assessment

Food

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

Plastics

The use of high performance boosters to raise low pressure air (100 psig) to high pressure air (500

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