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The System Assessment

Food

Since 2002, Energy Trust of Oregon has saved and generated 728 average megawatts of electricity 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

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

Their job is to brake the cars by gripping the wheels. They are operated either pneumatically or

Metals

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

Medical

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

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

Aeration tanks use bubble diffusers to distribute oxygen within the wastewater. Fine bubble
Chicago Heights Steel, Chicago Heights, Ill., leveraged an advanced data monitoring system and adopted a demand-based compressor air management approach to save 2.5 million kWh and $215,037 per year in energy costs. With an incentive of $188, 714 from local utility ComEd, the project delivered a payback of 2.4 months.
Factory lasers use nitrogen right at the cutting point on the metal because the high temperatures used in the process can often cause oxidation. When oxidation occurs, the metal pieces being cut can be damaged, as can the tooling creating the cut. Structural damage or inaccurate cuts can make parts weak and render them useless. The use of nitrogen at the point of contact from laser to metal removes oxygen from the cutting area and helps cool the die as it cuts, thus preventing oxidation. This prevention improves the quality of the final products, produces less scrap metal and cuts back on the reworking of pieces.
In this ongoing column, we share insights into technologies that offer the opportunity to affordably and easily lower compressed air use and generate energy savings – all while achieving relatively quick payback. But finding these technologies on the production floor isn’t always easy or straightforward. In fact, there are many times when a technological solution is far less than obvious. Such is the case with cooling of control enclosures, which represent a significant area for high-energy savings with little upfront investment. Here is some out-of-the-box thinking…  check that… inside-the-box thinking… for optimizing control of enclosure cooling and coming out ahead.
As energy costs continue to rise it becomes increasingly important for industrial operations to reduce waste and inefficiencies wherever possible. It’s why an innovative company known as Lightapp has developed an intelligent resource management software platform to help manufacturers and other industrial users reduce energy consumption and save costs in the process.