Simple Steps, Big Gains

Last week’s post was not about my son’s inability to follow instructions, but rather the steps you may use to improve your compressed air system. You will see a list of these steps in the blog entry “Clear Instructions, Stay Focused or Split Your Chin Wide Open” from February 3, 2009.

I am going to go into more detail about each step starting with Number 1: Measure Your Air Consumption.

Knowing where you stand with your compressed air demand is important to be able to quantify the savings once you begin to implement a compressed air optimization program. Placing a value upon your compressed air consumption will also allow you to place a value on its costs and the savings you will reap once you start to reduce your consumption.

Our Digital Flow Meter is a product meant to be placed in multiple areas of your plant to quantify the current compressed air demand. It will allow you to identify the best places to begin reducing consumption, identify trends in usage, and measure the flow of leaks when the system is shut down. These values are critical to a successful optimization program.

The Digital Flow Meter is available for 1/2″ through 6″ schedule 40 steel pipe and 3/4″ through 4″ Type L copper pipe. We stock the 1″ and 2″ schedule 40 steel models, and can deliver the other sizes quickly.

Once you know where you stand with air usage, you can begin to reduce it by moving through the other 5 steps and taking action. Next week you will see how small leaks can add up to large air savings.

Kirk Edwards
Application Engineer
kirkedwards@exair.com

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