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October 2017 Edition

Metal Processing

Featured Articles

International Wire Compressed Air System Upgrade Recovers Heat

By Brian Sorbello, Kobelco KNW Series Northeast Regional Manager, Rogers Machinery Company

While late summer may not be the time of year many of us think about heat recovery, the potential for energy savings in compressed air systems should be on our minds year-round. For those involved with the compressed air systems within International Wire Group’s facilities, energy savings is on their minds each day. This culture of continuous improvement has everyone on the lookout for savings wherever possible.

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Canadian Steel Processor Optimizes Compressed Air at Two Facilities

By Ron Marshall, Marshall Compressed Air Consulting

A steel distribution and processing company has upgraded and consolidated the compressed air systems in two of their distribution and processing facilities for big energy savings. The previous compressed air systems were running in modes of operation with very low efficiency. A complete replacement of the two systems with new air compressors and dryers has reduced the energy consumption significantly.

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The Compressed Air Challenge: Twenty Years and Moving Forward

By Steve Briscoe, President, Compressed Air Challenge

As the current president for the Compressed Air Challenge™ (CAC), it is an honor to write about this organization and how it has progressed, now since we have hit our 20-year milestone. What it means to be involved in the CAC means something different to each person who has contributed. What I will share in this article is from my own experiences and observations over the past 21 years in the compressed air industry, with some help from my fellow board members.

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Heat of Compression Desiccant Dryers Basic Principles

Understanding Controls for Multiple Centrifugal Air Compressor Systems

By Tim Dugan, P.E. President, Compression Engineering Corporation

Load-sharing is an important part of a multiple centrifugal-compressor master control system. It minimizes blow-off based on the available turn-down. In addition, remote start-stop saves more energy if load floats between different ranges. Finally, adding a screw compressor and implementing a hybrid control system might save the most energy and provide the best back-up. In any case, a well-instrumented system allows engineers and operators to assess, optimize and tune the system.

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