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The System Assessment

Food

Any modern food manufacturing facility employs compressed air extensively in the plant. As common

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

The Trinity Mirror Group print works on Oldham is one of the UK’s largest newspaper printers

Pharmaceutical

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

Auto

Nissan North America operates on a massive scale. The company’s powertrain assembly plant in

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
In aerospace manufacturing, tiny details matter most. For instance, if proper torque is not applied to the screws and bolts fastening an aircraft fuselage, catastrophic failures can result. Compressed air is used to power the tools needed to apply that torque, making the compressed air system a critical part of the facility, though it largely stays behind the scene.
When a successful Midwestern United States-based packaging company reached out to Cleveland, Ohio-based Diversified Air Systems, Inc. (Diversified), it was simply looking to fulfill its need for backup air. Compressed air is a vital component of the packaging company’s business, used for a variety of purposes, such as in its corrugating machines, conveyors, actuators, and more. In the end, the company received much more than just air redundancy, including a new variable speed drive, two-stage air compressor, a completely reconfigured and upgraded piping system, improved system efficiencies, energy savings, and a significant energy rebate.
During an Energy Review at a relatively new health care garment factory, in the Southwest, we found all three of the 100 psig nominally rated rotary screw air compressors were operating at 115-120 psig continuously. We asked the Production Superintendent if this was normal or if something had recently changed. He explained that initially they operated two air compressors but had to begin running the 3rd unit in ‘trim’ mode after some converting machines were up-graded. Then, a new larger converting machine was recently installed and air pressure quickly became a production issue. Since capital funds were tight, the project engineering team determined the third air compressor had sufficient capacity.  
Energy, in all forms, has always been a key Lantech focus. It was, in fact, a key element of the core packaging problem the company’s founders set out to address. They saw an opportunity to capitalize on an inexpensive and under-used resource – stretch film – to displace a high materials cost and energy intensive way of unitizing pallet loads of products – shrink bagging.