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The System Assessment

Food

According to the Compressed Air and Gas Institute (CAGI) and the International Organization for

Plastics

PET Power Containers, a Canadian manufacturer of PET plastic containers, had plans for expanding

Paper

Rockline Industries is one of the largest global producers of consumer products, specializing in

Printing

Several days prior to our visit, during a cold winter evening, the lead air compressor in one

Pharmaceutical

The United States accounts for roughly half of the global pharmaceutical market. This certainly

Auto

Compressed air optimization measures adopted by PTMSB have reduced the consumption of compressed

Bulk

A trio of stationary compressors produce 630,000 m3/hr of air for the oxygen plant at Pueblo Viejo

Transit

In aerospace manufacturing, tiny details matter most. For instance, if proper torque is not applied

Metals

Quite a number of worst-case compressed air scenarios have been encountered over the years but none

Medical

In the U.S. as an example, the NFPA has taken the view that if your compressor draws in good clean

Power

Nuclear power plants produce electricity for people, business and industry.  Electricity is

Oil & Gas

Compressed Air Best Practices® Magazine spoke with Mark Shedd, Head of Oil-free Air, Aggreko

Wastewater

Aeration tanks use bubble diffusers to distribute oxygen within the wastewater. Fine bubble
A major poultry processor and packager spends an estimated $96,374 annually on energy to operate the compressed air system at its plant located in a southern U.S. state.  The current average electric rate, at this plant, is 8 cents per kWh.
“Retro-Commissioning” (ReCX) of compressed air systems has become a trendy activity with many utility demand-side-management programs emerging in the last 5-10 years.  This is intended to be the process of “tuning up” a compressed air system, getting low cost savings from mostly adjustments and repairs.  The term was borrowed from the building/HVAC industry, where it means to get a system operating as it was originally “commissioned”. 
FABTECH 2016, North America’s largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries, welcomed 1,500 exhibiting companies and a total of 31,110 attendees from over 120 countries last week to the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Compressed air is dried to prevent condensation and corrosion which can disrupt manufacturing processes and contaminate products. Water is the primary promotor of chemical reactions and physical erosion in compressed air systems. A myriad of desiccant dryer designs have been devised to provide “commercially dry” air, air having a dew point of -40°F or less, to prevent corrosion.  Desiccant dryers use solid adsorbents in granule form to reduce the moisture content of compressed air.