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July 2018 Edition

July 2018 Edition

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How Has 3M Canada Cut Energy Use by 32%?

By Anatoli Naoumov, Green Partners

How does 3M work with energy? What can other companies learn from their experience? I brought these questions to Andrew Hejnar, Energy Manager of 3M Canada, and the results of our conversation are shared in this interview article.

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Big Improvements at a Small Sawmill

By Ron Marshall, Marshall Compressed Air Consulting

Spruce Products Limited operates with five separate compressed air systems in their various buildings. A few years ago a sharp-eyed air compressor service representative noticed the screw compressors on site had less than optimal loading to operating hours ratios. Recognizing this was a problem, he suggested the company get in touch with their local power utility for a free compressed air scoping assessment. As a result, SPL has optimized two of their compressed air systems to-date, saving significant operating costs. One system is operating at 86% less energy consumption than previous levels.

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Is Aluminum Pipe Oxidation a Bad Thing?

By Todd Zarins, Technical & Product Manager, Applied System Technologies™

As consumer awareness of the attributes of aluminum tubing have driven its popularity, so have a swell of additional well thought-out questions.  One question is asked with regularity, “What is done to protect the inside of the tubing”? Even though most all aluminum compressed air piping systems feature a painted or powder coated exterior, the interior of the tubing has no coating.

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Missed Demand-Side Opportunities Part 4 - Utilizing Air- Driven Venturi Vacuum Generators Efficiently

By Hank van Ormer, Contributing Editor

When the 18th Century Italian physicist Giovanni Venturi discovered when air is forced through a conical nozzle its velocity increases as the pressure decreases, neither he nor anyone could conceive it would ultimately spawn one of the most used and most highly controversial products in the industry today- the Venturi vacuum generator (aka, ejector).

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SHOW REPORT- 2018 AICD Conference & Exhibition

By Rod Smith, Compressed Air Best Practices® Magazine

The 2018 AICD Annual Meeting and Exhibition was held May 20-22 at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, Texas. The membership of the Association of Independent Compressor Distributors came together under the theme of “Roundin’ up New Business.” “AICD membership has doubled over the past three years,” said AICD President Phil Kruger (Harris Equipment). “After selling out exhibit space in 2018, we believe our direction focused on serving the needs equally, of both vendors and members at our conference, is working.”

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