Industrial Utility Efficiency    


January/February Edition

January/February 2021 Edition

Featured Articles


Proactively Maintaining Desiccant Dryers Yields Efficiencies and Reliable Service

By Russ Jones, BEKO Technologies

Moisture in compressed air is almost never a good thing. It can damage a compressed air system by causing corrosion, rust and scale buildup. It can damage downstream equipment with these moisture byproducts or with the moisture itself. It can negatively affect processes and products that require dry compressed air. Read article.


Rotary Screw Air Compressor Oil System Components

By Dave Brockett, Isel Inc.

There are many critical components involved in rotary screw air compressors, and the lubricant we use is of vital importance in the process.  Screw machines rely heavily on these fluids for bearing lubrication, system cleanliness, water removal, sealing, as well as heat transfer. These fluids work in a very unforgiving environment and must function well in circumstances that would normally be deemed torturous in other lubricant applications. We run it at high velocities, through scorching temperatures, while we blast it with water. Read article.


Troubleshooting Heatless Desiccant Dryer Proves Challenging Yet Successful

By Chris E. Beals, Air System Management, Inc.

One of the most satisfying parts of being a compressed air system auditor is resolving compressed air system reliability issues. This article exposes a seldom, if ever, mentioned problem that can occur when air dryers are dedicated to air compressors. It examines a real-world application and discusses the action taken to remedy the situation. Read article.




Dust Collector Pilot Program Points to 16 GWh of Energy Savings at Imerys Minerals Processing Facilities

By Mike Grennier, Compressed Air Best Practices® Magazine

For Imerys S.A. there’s little question about the importance of managing dust collection systems it uses to control and reduce harmful particulates in its worldwide minerals processing facilities. And now there’s zero doubt about the tremendous energy savings it stands to save by reducing the amount of compressed air needed for these same dust collectors. Read article.


Three Real-World Applications for Pneumatics and IIoT

By Enrico De Carolis, Emerson

Industrial operations and manufacturers using pneumatics have access to more Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology than ever before, from position sensors on cylinders to system flow sensors and edge gateways that operate independently from the machine controller with globally accepted communication protocols. Read article.

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