Industrial Utility Efficiency    

The System Assessment

Food

Outsourcing maintenance agreements for compressed air systems is commonplace in the food and

Plastics

The Pepsi bottling plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba has upgraded both their main 100 psi compressed air

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

This article is intended to show the relationships between risks and specifications, opportunities

Auto

The Ford Motor Company Kentucky Truck Plant (KTP) not only manufactures upscale SUVs and pickup

Bulk

By making sustainability a requirement and a core element of its growth strategy, Eastman has

Transit

When the New York City Transit Authority (NYCT) set out to comply with local regulations calling

Metals

Plant personnel had experienced ongoing problems with its process grinder performance due to

Medical

Helium is a precious noble gas that has become invaluable for leak detection, as well as cooling

Power

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

Oil & Gas

In terms of compressed air systems, it’s not unusual to see a plant with 10 to 15 air

Wastewater

Wastewater treatment processes have come a long way in the past century, but demand continues to
There are some fundamentals when it comes to compressed air system improvements. One strategy that is overlooked is just drawing the details of whatever aspect of a system you are looking at. It is fairly common to see a misdiagnosis of some particular technical issue that would have been obvious should someone have created the drawing to describe the problem.
The Ford Motor Company Kentucky Truck Plant (KTP) not only manufactures upscale SUVs and pickup trucks painted in wide variety of stellar, high-quality colors and finishes –  it does so cost-effectively by conserving annual compressed air energy of approximately 9.2 GWh thanks to a major overhaul of the plant’s compressed air system.
For many installations of industrial air dryers, a dilemma can occur when trying to achieve the correct balance between desired specifications and efficiency in the applications. Sometimes there is no way around a requirement to achieve ultra-dry dew points, but are we always considering the point-of-use needs when implementing a dry air solution? Often the dry air system is configured with one end goal in mind which is dry air but doing so without accounting for the point-of-use factors that can lead to added expenses and wasted energy.  
Wherever compressed air is used, accurate and continuous monitoring of the dew point temperature is advisable. The dew point provides information about the absolute humidity content of the compressed air. A too high humidity content can have negative effects on the quality of the final product, lead to problems during the manufacturing process, or even result in complete system shutdown. Therefore, operators of compressed air systems should address this issue before it causes serious and costly issues. The following explains the basics of dew point measurement and what is important in practice.