No matter what kind of compressed air system design you have, you want to make sure that you are getting the most efficient and effective use out of it. Are you looking for ways to save a little bit on your utilities and help keep your compressed air system running better? Are you trying to go for a longer period of time without the need for costly repairs? We've got you covered.
Here are a few tips and tricks to make sure your system is as optimized as it can be.
Monitor and Measure Consistently
There's a popular saying among engineers: that which is measured, improves. It's hard to know if your compressed air distribution system is working properly unless you first understand how it should look when it is working. Take frequent measurements for pressure, flow, power, and dew point so that you can quickly spot unusual trends that might be causing inefficiencies.
Update Parts and Make Repairs
When it comes to air compressor pipes and tubing, improvements in energy efficiency are being made all the time. Instead of repairing old parts again and again, it might be worth your while to simply upgrade to a new and more efficient design. At the same time, spotting and sorting out leaks will tremendously help you save money on wasted energy.
Cool it Down
Most compressed air system designs will require less energy to achieve the desired pressure if the air intake is cooler, and therefor more dense. So, for example, lowering the air intake from 90 degrees F to 70 degrees F will cut operating costs by as much as 3.8%.
Train Your Employees
More awareness and more sets of eyes on your compressed air system can help make sure that everything runs smoothly. The more everyone understands about how the system works, the more they can do to take conscious action where needed.
We all want to save time and money, but you don't have to sacrifice quality to get there. A little bit of awareness and understanding can go a long way. Make sure that your compressed air system design is running at optimum conditions and you could see a real improvement in the way your compressor works.