Compressed air is a common source of energy that is used across several industries, including manufacturing. Compressed air can also prove to be quite expensive, often consuming more energy than most equipment in a manufacturing plant. The good news is that compressed air systems can be greatly improved in efficiency, performance, and quality with the right strategy.
There are three main components of the air compression system that influences performance, efficiency and quality. Let’s take a look at them.
Composition of the air intake
Clean air intake by the system allows the compressed air to move smoothly through it. Contaminated air is impure, so a build-up of it over time leads to wear and tear, and makes the storage capacity suffer.
Temperature of the air intake
The cooler the air, the less energy is required to compress it. The temperature of the intake air determines its density.
Moisture can harm the air compression system if it collects inside because it causes the parts to rust. It can also catalyse wear and tear, and leaks while reducing the storage capacity. Making sure the air is dry will more likely prevent such damage to the system.
You can also optimize the design of the air compression system to increase its efficiency. There are three ways to do this:
Cooldown intake air
Since the energy required to compress cool air is less than that for warmer air, you can move the system into a shaded area to lower the temperature of the intake air.
Straighten the path
Sharp bends or narrow delivery lines can increase friction and the number of pressure drops in the system. Implement a straighter path into the system to get higher pressure, thus reducing the overall amount of energy required to compress the air.
Use several small compressors
Larger air compressors consume more energy per unit while working with only a partial load, thus making it inefficient. Try using multiple smaller air compressors with sequencing controls so that you can shut down portions of the system just by turning off some of the compressors.
Other practices that help your air compressor perform at optimal efficiency are:
Maintaining the compressor
Regularly check the air compressor system for any leaks, premature wear and tear, and the build-up of contaminants. Ensure that procedures are in place and train employees to operate the system properly.
Filters make sure that only the cleanest air reaches users. However, these filters may get clogged up with dirt, grease, dust, and other contaminants. Clean them often so that the system does not consume more energy to function due to a pressure drop as a result of clogged filters. You can also deploy longer-life and low pressure drop filters of a size suited to the maximum flow rate.The above practices will go a long way in achieving efficiency, performance, and quality of your air compressor system. VEMC offers a number of ELGi air compressors. Contact us on +919819907445 and we would be happy to help you determine the right air compressor for your needs. VEMC is ISO 9001:2015 certified and is a pioneer in the field of electromechanical engineering products, allied equipment, and services