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Compressed air monitoring reduces power wastage

Technews Industry Guide: Sustainable Manufacturing 2023 Pneumatics & Hydraulics

Air compressors are a major consumer of power, much of which ends up as air leaks in the factory distribution system. Energy is easily wasted by poorly performing air compressors that waste electricity and do not have rated air flow rates. Energy wastage is not sustainable, and escalates production costs.

Artic Driers offers compressed air, vacuum and steam ultrasonic leak detection. This quantifies the volume of a leak, as well as the Rand cost of the wastage. This is an excellent systematic way of quickly eliminating wasted compressed air from your system.

Artic also provides clients with efficiency tests that show the actual kW/m3 consumed. This establishes the compressor efficiency and highlights the poor performers in a compressor fleet. Artic also provides localised mobile air flow monitoring of any pipework system. This includes airline velocity, dewpoint, pressure, and water consumption on the compressor. Velocity measurement can identify when a pipeline is becoming too small for the existing air flow. Undersized pipes restrict air flow and decrease the pressure to an application, wasting precious power.

The use of a fixed installation S305 dewpoint monitor is an excellent way of monitoring an existing air dryer’s dewpoint performance at a very reasonable price. This can be connected to a scada system to give fast performance reports.

For clients requiring ISO 8573 air auditing in a mobile format, Artic can monitor both particle, dewpoint and residual oil levels from one mobile S600 audit box, and a variety of gases.

For more information contact Artic Driers International, +27 11 420 0274, allen@articdriers.co.za, www.articdriers.co.za


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