Industrial Utility Efficiency

ASHRAE 90.1 Brings New Requirements to Compressed Air Design

Word is beginning to filter out about the 2022 changes to the ASHRAE 90.1 energy efficiency standard, and the changes it promises to bring to how compressed air systems are specified, commissioned and maintained. More specifically, the industry is learning about section 10.4.6 of 90.1, which is the first time the standard has included a section on compressed air. 

CAGI Personnel Certification: How to Have Your Own Personal Performance Verification Program

CAGI sponsors and oversees a performance verification program for some types of equipment. In this program, which is expanding to include additional types of products, a third-party verifies performance data that is stated by manufacturers. Participants in these programs are able to use a standardized CAGI datasheet to state performance. The datasheets and verification process provide customers with assurance that they are getting what they pay for in terms of performance.

Four Compressed Air Demand Reduction Projects

A large food manufacturing operation in the U.S. Midwest spends $529,000 annually on energy to operate the compressed air system. 

The plant currently has two supply-side systems that operate and feed two different distribution networks at two different pressures. One compressed air system is at 115 psig (medium pressure system) and the low-pressure system is at 30 psig. The compressed air equipment for both systems is located in four areas throughout the facility. 
 

The System Assessment

Food

Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) under FSMA CFR Title 21 117.40 is the cornerstone of

Plastics

Logoplaste, based in Cascais, Portugal, introduced its embedded wall-to-wall manufacturing model to

Paper

Detecting Compressed Air Leaks Can Lead to Reduced Energy Waste, Boosted Productivity, and

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

Given that compressed air leak management programs are meant to save energy, reduce CO2 emissions,

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