Compressed air is one of the most widely used forms of energy throughout many industries, with approximately 70% of manufacturers using a compressed air system.
It can be one of the most expensive forms of energy for manufacturing plants, often using more energy than other equipment. One horsepower of compressed air requires eight horsepower of electricity. With many air compressors running at efficiencies as low as 10 percent, there’s often plenty of room for improvement. Fortunately, 50% of compressed air systems at small- to medium-sized industrial facilities have opportunities for low-cost energy conservation.
What influences air compressor energy efficiency? Such factors include type, model, size, motor power rating, system design, control mechanisms, uses and maintenance schedule. The chief reason for inefficient air compression is the loss of heat generated from the increased temperature of pressurized air and from friction caused by the system’s many moving parts.
When it comes to air compressor efficiency, it’s important to examine the entire system, which includes not only the air compressor itself but supply lines, air storage tanks, air dryers, receivers and after-coolers. By making the right adjustments to your compressed air system, you can save significant amounts of energy and money.
You can improve your system’s efficiency with the following approaches:
- Improve the quality of the air intake
- Match the air compressor controls
- Improve system design
- Consider compressed air needs
- Minimize pressure drop
- maintain your compressor
Quincy compressors can ensure high performance and minimal energy use with power-saving options on its line. Energy efficiency translates to cost savings for your business.Call Quincy Scales Industrial to find out how your business can save money and energy.