According to a number of industry professionals, compressed air accounts for upward of 10 percent of the total industrial energy use. This means that if your business’s New Year’s resolution is to save money and lower your energy output more generally; focussing on compressed air wastage could be one of the best ways. To help you with your cost-saving mission, here are some of the best ways of reducing your compressed air waste.
Checking for Leaks
Cracks in your compressed air system are one of the major sources of waste. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to locate them because you’re unlikely to be unable to hear air escaping from the system over the hub of the workplace. Therefore, you’ll need to wait for work to be empty at night or at the weekend to listen out for cracks in the system before you can fix them. Alternatively, you could purchase ultrasonic equipment to find the source(s) of your problem, although this may require specialist operation by a member of your team. Once you’ve found a leak, you can begin to fix it by welding the crack shut.
One of the largest mistakes that compressed air operators make is to apply too much pressure on the compression system. In other words, to reduce any waste, you should reduce the pressure on the system. Some suggest that reducing pressure by 10 percent can result in a 5 percent saving, and when compressed air makes up such a substantial proportion of energy use in industrial businesses, a 5 percent saving could account for thousands of pounds per year, without reducing your output.
More Efficient Delivery Methods
A basic compressed air delivery system consists of an open-ended tube, and this could be reducing the efficiency of the system itself by up to 30 percent. With a more effective delivery system, you could make substantial savings in both energy and money. One example of how you could improve your delivery mechanism would be to attach a closed end nozzle to the existing tube, increasing effectiveness and even improving working conditions by lowering noise in the work place.
A final option for reducing your compressed air waste is to describe your system to experts in the compressed air industry who specialise in providing powerful, waste-reducing compressed air systems. Companies such as Scot Industrial Air will be able to offer solutions to your problems, ultimately reducing your total amount of waste in your system over a year. It might cost for the consultation, but in the long run, the savings outweigh the costs.
So there you have it, some great ways to reduce your business’s compressed air waste in 2014.