Industrial Utility Efficiency

# System Assessments

Analysis of the pressure data logging showed that, while the variable speed drive compressor maintained a constant discharge pressure near 120 psi, the pressure at various critical points fell to as low as 85 psi during peak production operations. General pressure in the plants, especially Plant 2, fluctuated between 102 and 112 psi, showing that the pressure/flow control valve was not regulating properly, and that Plant 2 lacked enough general storage volume to support transient flows.

## 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.

## Achieving Sustainability Targets by Optimizing Compressed Air Use

By monitoring compressed air consumption using smart pneumatic sensors, companies can reliably reduce energy use and emissions.

The digital transformation of pneumatic systems is one critical way that companies can improve operational sustainability. Advanced airflow-sensing technology provides compressed air monitoring and valuable insights that allow companies to control and significantly reduce the energy used to produce compressed air as well as related carbon emissions.

## Compressed Air Systems and Rocket Science

Would you believe the same technology used in the launching and controlling of a space rocket is also used in your compressed air system? Yes, in some cases, “rocket science” helps to solve problems in compressed air systems and ensures the performance of the installed units. In this article, we are going to explain the technology called the “Sonic Nozzle”, that combines a space rocket thruster and your compressed air system. Additionally, we are going to walk through a case study, step by step, to show how it works.

## 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.

## Whiskey Distillery Compressed Air Study Saves Energy

A premium whiskey distillery was seeking to renew their compressed air system and meet their corporate mandate in making their production facility more efficient. The first step on the road to improvement was having their compressed air system assessed. This article discusses some of the findings of the system study, which saved significant energy, improved system reliability, and captured a significant utility incentive to help with the study costs and the cost of a new compressor.

## Compressor Controls

As part of its ongoing corporate initiative to find ways to reduce its energy bills, and the costly

## Piping Storage

Moisture can freeze in compressed air systems and cause rust and pitting in pipes and components.

## End Uses

The dust is collected on the bag or fingers, and when the cake of dust is of appropriate thickness

## Pressure

During Dealer Week, they needed enough compressed air to power multiple machines at a time all day

## Air Treatment/N2

Nitrogen is used in many facilities for a variety of purposes. The most common source of N2 is

## Leaks

Their system was designed and built to achieve premium performance, yet in a recent compressed air

## Pneumatics

If there was ever a place where manufacturers can save energy using compressed air and make

## Vacuum/Blowers

Electronics applications typically run their tooling requiring Process Vacuum based on differential