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Spring Cleaning Your Compressed Air System

2015-04-09

After a long, cold winter, there is nothing like the warm days of spring and the sense of renewal that comes with it. Now is the time to renew your focus on compressed air system maintenance in order to ensure an energy efficient compressor installation and avoid unnecessary downtime throughout the year.

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For machines that often run around the clock, all year long, air compressor maintenance too often takes a backseat to other issues in the facility. But delaying air compressor maintenance is like ignoring the check engine light in your car – you’ll likely be OK for a while, but when it finally breaks down you’re left standing alone on the side of the road on a stormy night. It isn’t pretty.

Start small by addressing the following areas of the compressed air system:

Filter Maintenance

A clogged or blocked filter can negatively affect compressor efficiency by as much as three percent. While that may not seem like a big deal, consider a manufacturer that runs a 200 horsepower air compressor 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 8 cents per kWh. It costs that manufacturer $110,062 a year to operate the air compressor – meaning the right filter, operating at peak performance, can save more than $3,000. For facilities that have more than one compressor, these savings can really add up.
Also, don’t forget to check the drain on the filter. The most common filters use float drains, which can clog over time. Maintaining them now can prevent costly air leaks from drains that remain stuck open or even more costly damage from downstream water if a drain becomes clogged shut.

Piping System Maintenance

Identify leaks. Fix them. Prevent new ones. It’s a pretty simple formula to follow, especially when considering that even the smallest of compressed air system leaks can be a big drain on resources. Where there are leaks in the piping, there are also pressure drops, which force the compressed air system to work harder and use more energy. Eliminating pressure drops throughout the compressed air system has a domino effect that can result in significant and ongoing cost savings. A compressed air system audit can result in savings from 30 to 50 percent when the audit recommendations are put into practice.
Piping systems more than five years old have been shown to exhibit leaks of up to 25 percent and a single quarter-inch air leak at 100 psi will cost more than $2,500 a year depending on current energy costs. Replacing old piping systems with corrosion-free and lightweight AIRnet aluminum piping helps minimize air leakage and reduce line losses.

No time for spring cleaning?

Compressed air system maintenance is critical to air compressor performance. To prevent your facility from falling behind on spring cleaning, make sure your service plan is up-to-date. SMARTLINK, Atlas Copco’s data logging, monitoring and communication system, allows you to see how much air your system is producing, how much energy it is using, how the system is performing overall and when the system is due for service. To learn more, fill out our below form and a representative will be in touch with you shortly.


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