Audit today and monitor the future
Today’s technical solutions make it easy and quick to audit a compressed air system. Any leak is detected within a few days – add a week or two, and the system is repaired to create big savings. Compressors require much energy and only a fraction of the power is usable compressed air. Furthermore, the heat created by the compressor creates condensate which needs to be cooled & dried before letting it into the factories piping system. This also increases the energy cost. Compressed air needs are defined by the air quality, quantity, and level of pressure required by the end uses in your plant. Analysing needs will ensure that a compressed air system is configured properly so that a clean, dry and stable supply of compressed air can be delivered at a minimal cost.
The best way to detect leaks is to use an ultra-sonic acoustic detector, which can recognize high-frequency hissing sounds associated with air leaks. A leakage survey will help you find, grade and document leaks.
Leaks are a significant source of wasted energy in a compressed air system, often wasting as much as 25-30% of the compressor’s output.
Compressed air leaks can also contribute to problems with system operations, including fluctuating system pressure, excess compressor capacity, or decreased service life and increased maintenance of supply equipment.
Monitor and maintain
Fixing leaks once is not enough. Incorporate a leak prevention program into your facility’s operations. It should include identification and tagging, tracking, repair, verification, and employee involvement. Set a reasonable target for cost-effective leak reduction—5-10% of the total system flow is typical for industrial facilities.
A continuous monitoring and maintenance program will help you track the essential key performance indicators (KPIs) for your compressed air system.
Question 4: Do you also lower the CO2 level when you decrease compressed air leakage?