Success in today’s harsh economic climate depends on achieving the highest-possible production levels with the greatest cost-efficiency. In 2001, Scales Industrial Technologies was awarded “Plant Engineering Product of The Year” Gold Award for the “$mart Sequencer®” air compressor master control system. More than a decade later, its ability to optimize compressor operation to save energy and reduce expenses remains unsurpassed, increasing bottom-line results while improving overall productivity.
In fact, Scales’ $mart Sequencer® is so unique, the company was issued a patent for it by the U.S. government. “The Smart Sequencer® isn’t just another compressor sequencing system,” states Niff Ambrosino, Chief Operating Officer at Scales Industrial Technologies. “It’s the ‘flagship’ of Scales’ sequencer line, capable of operating any number and type of air compressors, regardless of size or manufacturer, at their maximum efficiency. At a time when every company is looking for ways to reduce operating costs and improve productivity, the $mart Sequencer® can be an ideal solution for any industry that utilizes multiple air compressor system.”
This remarkable master control system continuously monitors the plant’s compressed air demand with state-of-the-art flow meters while also monitoring system pressure. The $mart Sequencer® is programmed with the capacity, efficiency, and control characteristics of each compressor in a given system. By combining and analyzing the monitor data with stored memory, the $mart Sequencer® system is able to insure only the correct number and size of compressors are applied to satisfy the load. Now you know why we call it ‘Smart’. It’s the equivalent of having a full-time supply side auditor and operator minimizing a plant’s compressed air energy costs on a continuous basis.
Ambrosino also points out that when there is excess capacity on-line, the $mart Sequencer® knows what compressor to operate at part-load and which to turn off and place in automatic stand-by mode. In over a decade of operation in a diverse range of industries, the $mart Sequencer® has consistently exceeded clients’ expectations through its ability to:
- Lower plant energy costs by continuously monitoring system demand and automatically selecting the most energy-efficient combination of available air compressors to meet a plant’s compressed air requirements.
- Reduce maintenance and repair costs by running only the compressors necessary to meet varying production demands.
- Prevent costly breakdowns by monitoring individual equipment performance and efficiency.
- Eliminate multiple control systems; in fact, one $mart Sequencer® can control as many compressors as necessary, up to one-and-a-half miles apart.
- Efficiently control any combination of compressor types, sizes and manufacturers.
“Some basic economics shows the true value of this system,” Ambrosino continues. “At $.10 per kWh, a single 100-HP air compressor operating 8,000 hours per year requires more than $70,000 annually in energy costs. The energy cost of a multiple 100 HP air compressor system would typically be higher. A $mart Sequencer® could save 20% – 30% or more in electrical costs associated with compressor operation. Depending on the size of one’s operation, savings like that can be the difference between being in or out of business. That’s why at Scales, we tell both existing and potential clients that — for intelligent control that significantly cuts production costs — the $mart Sequencer® is the ultimate solution in compressor control.”
To learn more about how Scales’ $mart Sequencer® can bring a new standard of cost-efficiency to your business, click here or call us at 973-890-1010