Industrial Utility Efficiency

The air compressor system upgrade resulted in a considerable decrease in compressed air plant pressure throughout the plant.  Chart courtesy of Airleader USA.

The project was a success given the results, said Hoetzel. In addition, it clearly demonstrates the value of ongoing monitoring of compressed air systems is as an industry best practice by any measure.

“The opportunities for improvements would not have been discovered without permanent monitoring in place,” said Hoetzel. “Data is absolutely essential in order to make a true evaluation of the compressed air system and the steps needed to achieve system efficiencies.”

Corral said he appreciates the ability to see up-to-the-minute data on the compressed air system because it provides critical insights he wouldn’t have had before.

“The monitoring and control system is extremely successful,” he said. “I love the visibility it gives me. Anytime I see a jump in compressed air or electrical usage I can go down to the maintenance department or other areas of the plant and find out why. We can then change behaviors, such as wasting compressed air, or fix something that needs to be fixed.”

Looking ahead, Corral plans to examine other major areas of electrical power usage in the plant and possibly one day connect the other systems to the monitoring and control system.

“Being able to get this kind of information allows us to understand the electrical usage and ultimately lower our costs,” Corral said.