How is your air compressor performing?

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How often do you think about how you could improve the performance of your compressed air system and, ultimately, your application and outcome.

There are a few questions you might ask yourself on a regular basis including:

  1. What jobs will I get done today?
  2. When is it pay day?
  3. When will I have my next cup of tea?

But how often do you think about how you could improve the performance of your compressed air system and, ultimately, your application and outcome.

Take a read of our 6 top tips to help your compressor – and business – become more reliable:

Look at the data

Nothing speaks truer than the data from your compressor system. By reviewing metrics such as flow rate, pressure and temperature, it is possible to identify opportunities to improve efficiency, and avoid unplanned downtime. This could be carried out by an energy survey including the installation of data-logging equipment to drill down into the details, and also identify leaks.

Repair leaks

Following on from detecting the leaks, it is in your best interest to repair them! It is almost impossible to avoid leakage within a compressed air system and it can result in 20-30% of wasted energy. An easy way to estimate your plant’s leakage is during a period of non-production to see how hard your compressor is running. It is also important to design a leak prevention programme, including training for onsite maintenance.

Heat recovery

Did you know over 90% of the electrical input you’re paying for is lost as heat? With rising electricity prices and the need to cut energy use, you could make significant financial benefits for your business by reusing the heat generated for other purposes in your plant. For example, you could use if for water heating, space heating, process heating and drying, and boiler houses.

Check the output you need

Is your supply exceeding your demand? If you answered yes or maybe, your compressed air system is wasting energy and creating unnecessary costs. We can help you identify the right size and technology for your purpose to ensure you’re only paying for what you need.

Servicing

Regular servicing is essential to keep your compressed air system and production operating as expected. A service contract allows for your compressor to be routinely serviced in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations and to discover and resolve issues before anything has a chance to fail.

Speak to the experts

We’ve been in the compressed air business since 1993 and we still listen to our customers’ individual requirements to assist in reducing their energy usage and carbon footprint. We’re only a phone call, email or tweet away!