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CSA C837-16 Compressed Air Efficiency Standard

The Canadian Standards Association C837-16 document “Monitoring and Energy Performance of Compressed Air Systems” has been published and is available for download after three and a half years of development work. Quebec Hydro, a Canadian power utility, started this project. The standard has a list of reference publications for the guidance of the reader and provides definitions used to clarify important terms and phrases mentioned in the body of the work. It is hoped the standard will serve a useful purpose in the industry and help standardize the collection of data for reporting to energy programs and to customers considering implementing efficiency improvement projects. 

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Compressed Air Common Sense Answers

by: Hank Van Ormer, Air Power USA

Providing practical solutions to the everyday issues facing plant staff who operate and maintain plant air systems and the engineering staff who design and evaluate air systems.

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Best Practices for Compressed Air Systems©

by: Compressed Air Challenge©

The Compressed Air Challenge® has released the Second Edition of their authoritative “Best Practices for Compressed Air Systems©”. The Best Practices manual provides tools needed to reduce operating costs associated with compressed air and to improve the reliability of the entire system.  The 325-page manual addresses the improvement opportunities from air entering the compressor inlet filter, through the compressor and to storage, treatment, distribution and end uses, both appropriate and potentially inappropriate.  Numerous examples of how to efficiently control existing and new multiple compressor systems are provided in one of the many appendices.

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The Compressed Air System Solution Series

by: Scot Foss

Scot Foss has provided his expertise to many of the world’s leading manufacturing and processing corporations by finding solutions to their problems.  Foss is one of the world’s leading experts in compressed air systems, known for his sometimes controversial approach to the issues which face plant engineers, maintenance managers, and production engineers.

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The Compressed Air & Gas Handbook Is Now Free and Online

The Compressed Air and Gas Handbook, the authoritative and widely used reference manual for information about the proper installation, use and maintenance of compressors and pneumatic equipment, is now available online in PDF format. Formerly available only as a 750-page hardbound book for $70, the individual chapters are now available as free downloadable PDF documents on the CAGI website,

Published in 1947, the first edition of the Compressed Air and Gas Handbook was a joint effort of the CAGI Educational and Technical Committees. The original hardbound handbook consisted of five chapters and nearly 400 pages. Now in its sixth edition, the illustrated handbook contains engineering information from leading manufacturers and valuable reference data about compressed air systems.

“The CAGI handbook is an excellent, comprehensive resource for compressed air professionals,” said Paul Humphreys of CAGI. “Now, with its availability online, even more professionals can have access to this valuable information.”

The handbook is still available for purchase as a hardbound book through the CAGI website.


EPA ENERGY STAR - Energy Treasure Hunt Guide Book

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program is providing an energy management resource, Energy Treasure Hunts: Simple Steps to Finding Energy Savings.  This guide book draws upon the best practices of ENERGY STAR partner organizations that use energy treasure hunts to engage employees in finding low cost energy saving opportunities from behavioral, operational, and maintenance oriented actions.  By using internal resources already among a business’ assets, an organization is able to use the Energy Treasure Hunt process to build energy teams and internal processes for managing energy with a focus on continuous improvement.

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