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When it comes to compressed air, all of us can occasionally have double standards. A compressor is a big investment that most companies make every 7-10 years. Considering the fact that as much as 11% of industrial energy consumption in the UK can be attributed to the production of compressed air, the drive towards more energy efficient equipment is understandable. But an energy efficient compressed air installation needs more than just an energy efficient air compressor.
Pressure loss by filters with servicing overdue
Compressed air flow loss when using heatless desiccant dryers
Cost of a single air leak as small as 3mm
Did you know, for example, that lowering your compressed air system's operating pressure by only 1 bar would result in overall energy savings of 7 per cent?
The ancillary equipment that comes with your air compressor is more important than you may think. Everyone knows that a broken down compressor usually means a complete halt to production. But a supply of poor quality compressed air can be just as bad, progressively damaging your equipment and threatening the quality of your end product.
Leaks aside, anyone who expects compressed air pipework to be a "clean and cut" matter is in for a big surprise. Much like with compressor types, and compressed air quality standards above, there is more to compressed air pipework than one might imagine. For a start, there are multiple types of pipework that you may choose to use for your installation and it is advised to research your what is best for your business rather than allow an installer to lead the way simply because of their preference.
Another element to bear in mind when it comes to compressed air pipe is planning. An air distribution system expanded haphazardly to keep up with a growing business can cost you money in the long term, in the form of uneven pressure at point of use or a poorer flow.
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