Industrial Utility Efficiency    

EXPO Earth Day

The System Assessment

Food

Brewing is normally broken down into four stages-malting, mashing, boiling and fermenting. The

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

A pharmaceutical plant, has had a compressed air assessment performed on two plant systems. 

Auto

Compressed air optimization measures adopted by PTMSB have reduced the consumption of compressed

Bulk

One of the most common problems in plants is low air pressure. One of the most common solutions is

Transit

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

Metals

Chicago Heights Steel, Chicago Heights, Ill., leveraged an advanced data monitoring system and

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

Petro Chemical Energy, Inc. (PCE) specializes in energy loss surveys for the refining and chemical

Wastewater

Wastewater treatment processes have come a long way in the past century, but demand continues to
As demand for compressed air use continues to grow, the future looks bright for distributors who design, sell, install and service compressed air systems. But perhaps only one thing stands in the way of continued growth and profitability for the vast majority of distributors throughout the United States: the shortage of experienced air compressor service technicians.
Plant personnel had experienced ongoing problems with its process grinder performance due to unstable compressed air pressure. This created potential problems in terms of product quality. Grinders do not work properly without the proper pressure. Additionally, plant staff wanted to address these concerns, prior to a proposed 30% increase in production, and suggested raising the header pressure from the current operating pressure of 98 psig to 125 psig. The thought behind this was if the pressure from the header to the grinder process was dropping to 63 psig, then raising the pressure to the process would give the grinders enough pressure to work through higher peak production times.  
The steel mill in this article is a rolling “minimill,” a facility that melts scrap recycled steel and produces rebar for the construction industry. It fits in SIC code 3310. There are many plants like this all over the world, providing an environmentally sound service and product for their local community. They recycle waste steel from local sources and support local infrastructure projects with rebar, using electricity generated locally.
All industrial facilities use some form of compressed air, and in most, the air compressors consume a significant amount of the total energy bill. A facility with a good energy management system is likely to identify their compressed air system as a significant energy user (SEU). If the facility were using an energy management standard, such as ISO 50001, they would be required to assess and track the energy consumption of all their SEU’s. In the case of the metal processing facility, they were measuring the output of more than 250 devices within the plant, including building heaters, RTU’s, dust collectors, and also tracking the consumption of their electricity, natural gas and water.