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The current cost to operate the compressed air system is \$139,100 annually, and the proposed measures will reduce it by \$50,700 annually. The proposed cost to complete the measures is $47,600 providing a simple payback of 11 months. The cost included in the Action Plan includes engineering, project assistance, services to maintain the gains, and a 10% contingency.  

DOE Better Plants Partners Get Serious About Compressed Air Systems

Compressed air is used in all the company’s plants and is often the single largest energy end use within them. As a result, compressed air energy-saving measures are often replicable across the company and offer significant positive impacts. One area of focus is with compressed air leaks since they are “the best low hanging fruit to focus on and they always keep popping up and waste energy”.

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.

Metal Fabricator Measures Nitrogen Use, Receives a Surprise

Nitrogen is used in many facilities for a variety of purposes. The most common source of N2 is through the use of bulk liquid storage. A plant owner was recently surprised to learn that a large portion of his N2 was disappearing, without ever being used by his production process. This article discusses where it went and what we could do about it.

Why A Centrifugal Air Compressor May be the Better Choice

When selecting an air compressor for your manufacturing operation, the common choice is the industry-standard rotary screw compressor. Known as the work horse of compressed air machinery, the rotary screw compressor comes in a multitude of sizes and power levels. However, centrifugal compressors have seen some exciting technological progress in recent years and offer a wide range of pressures, flow and turndown. Long known for their longevity and durability, they offer higher efficiency, even qualifying for energy rebate programs offered by local utilities and all, notably, produce Class 0 oil free air.

Three Ways To Make Packaging Lines More Sustainable

Sustainability is a high priority for today’s consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies. Driven by environmental responsibility, government regulations and customer preferences, CPGs are actively seeking ways to decarbonize their packaging lines and use eco-friendly packaging materials. Many have started monitoring the energy consumption of their equipment in real time and upgraded critical areas of their packaging processes using two key technologies: pneumatics and ultrasonic welding. 

Show Report: The 2022 International Production & Processing Expo

The 2022 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), was held January 25-27, 2022 in Atlanta with more than 500,000 square feet of exhibit space and 1,140-plus exhibitors. Attendee numbers had not been released when this was written. Sponsored by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, American Feed Industry Association and the North American Meat Institute, IPPE is the world's largest annual poultry, meat and animal food industry event of its kind. 

Selecting the Right Food Grade Lubricant for Your Air Compressor

Growing awareness of the importance of food grade lubricants for consumer safety and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations, as well as increasing consciousness about Kosher and Halal registrations triggered an increasing demand for high performance food grade lubricants.

A Quarter Century of Positive Change at Automotive Supplier’s Mexico Plant

Today, leading automotive makers rely on the plant for parts used to produce some of the most sought-after vehicles. Additionally, the nearly 600,000-square-foot manufacturing facility achieved ISO 50001 certification in 2021. Here’s a look at how the plant grew for the better over more than 25 years – and its compressed air system along with it. 

Re-engineered Compressed Air System Scores Perfect “10” at PC Forge

Since completion of the system upgrade in the fall of 2020, PC Forge is on track to save an average of 1.9 million kWh and $266,000.00 per year in energy costs – and increase the production capability of its forging operation by 40%. The project also achieved a one-year payback with a \$245,000 incentive from Government of Ontario’s utility Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

Auto

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

Bulk

When the design capabilities of an installed compressed air system didn’t align with real-world

Food

Sustainability is a high priority for today’s consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies. Driven by

Medical

The air is delivered through a distribution piping system that ends with a medical air outlet

Metals

Since completion of the system upgrade in the fall of 2020, PC Forge is on track to save an average

Paper

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

Pharmaceutical

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

Plastics

Berry Global was established in 1967 as a small hometown company, based in Evansville, Indiana.

Power

A newly constructed ethanol plant experienced control gap issues shortly after comissioning.  This

Printing

The Trinity Mirror Group print works on Oldham is one of the UK’s largest newspaper printers. The

Transit

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

Wastewater