Top Ten Problems in Compressed Air Systems & How to Fix Them
We agree that there are many more than ten problems in compressed air systems. Over the many years that we have been solving these problems we have developed this top ten list of the more costly ones. These are problems, that when fixed, will put money back into your pocket—usually with a short payback period. Since your compressed air system is one of the most costly energy users in your plant it only makes good sense that you take care of problems when they arise.
The number 7 problem is air systems that use air when not needed. You need to find these areas and stop the bleeding. Number 4 is compressor systems with water problems and manually opened drains. Manually set drains are potentially huge users of air that can easily get out of control, even to the point of needing additional air compressors to maintain plant pressure.
Inefficiencies in compressed air systems can be significant. Energy savings from system improvements can range from 20 to 50 percent, in some cases even more. For many facilities this is equivalent to thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars of potential annual savings, depending on use. A properly managed compressed air system can save energy, reduce maintenance, decrease downtime, increase production throughput, and improve product quality.