Industrial Utility Efficiency    

The System Assessment


Replacing air compressors, dryers and filters with more efficient models has saved electrical costs


The beverage industry has been using polyethylene terephthalate (PET) 2-liter plastic bottles


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


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


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


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


Making cement is an energy-intensive process. In a cement plant, the electrical energy load can


Boeing Canada Winnipeg (BCW) has been recognized with the best improvement project of 2013 within


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


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


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

Oil & Gas

Biogas is an extremely valuable energy source. Originating from biomass, sewage, plants and


Aeration tanks use bubble diffusers to distribute oxygen within the wastewater. Fine bubble
Ahresty Wilmington Corporation (AWC) was founded in 1988 and is located in Wilmington, Ohio. Currently AWC employs over 900 people with sales totaling $192 million. They have grown steadily, all while continuously improving and staying on the leading edge of technology. AWC is a tier-1 automotive supplier servicing their entire customer base in the United States. AWC has established an efficient and integrated production system that incorporates die-casting, finishing, machining, and assembly operation using just-in-time production methods to provide its customers with quality products at a competitive price.
We are in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, or, as it is known in Germany, Industry 4.0. In broad terms, the concept describes manufacturing facilities where all of the machines — including the air compressors, along with their corresponding sensors and air treatment equipment — communicate with each other autonomously, recording performance metrics to a local controller, a wireless network, and an external database. These communicative abilities are enabled by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), in which intelligent, networked devices link everything back to a main data hub.
In this article, Chad Larrabee from Ingersoll Rand writes about today’s status quo in most air compressor rooms – a group of air compressors all running off their individual controllers with different control schemes attempting to coordinate them. Larrabee then describes the advantages of a smart system controller, which can direct " compressors to respond to one common signal … dynamically matching compressed air supply with demand.” He concludes by outlining the benefits of remote connectivity and automated alerts for maintenance staff.