The System Assessment
Oil & Gas
Compressed Air Performance Specialists (CAPS Inc.) is a compressed air consultancy located in Calgary, Alberta. In its most recent compressed air project, the company reduced a 200-hp, multi-compressor system down to a single, 100-hp variable speed drive (VSD) air compressor utilizing 75 hp of compressor energy (kWh), resulting in $70,000 in annual energy savings.
Replacing air compressors, dryers and filters with more efficient models has saved electrical costs and improved compressed air reliability at the Canada Bread plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In addition to this, plant personnel found some additional savings by reducing air leakage and eliminating inappropriate uses. As a result, the plant reduced its compressed air electrical costs by 58 percent and qualified for a utility incentive.
The Compressed Air and Gas Institute (CAGI) recently celebrated their 100 year anniversary during their Spring Meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona. One of the nation’s oldest trade associations, CAGI was formed in 1915 to serve the manufacturers and users of compressed air and blower systems. Today, I’m happy to report CAGI is a dynamic association providing the market with unbiased technical information and technical standards designed to serve the ever-changing needs of the industrial market.