It’s the sound of your compressed air leaking from your pipe joints, couplings, tube and pipe fittings, filters, regulators and quick disconnects. But here is the secret – you can’t really hear it unless it is a very large leak!
Step number two in Six Steps to Optimization is:
1. Measure your air consumption
2. Locate and fix any compressed air leaks in the system
3. Upgrade your end use blow off applications with engineered products
4. Turn off the compressed air when not needed for production
5. Use intermediate storage of compressed air near the point of use
6. Control the pressure at the point of use to minimize consumption
Not fixing your compressed air system leaks can cause your system pressure to fluctuate and affect your equipment negatively. It may cause you to run a larger compressor than necessary for your compressed air needs and raise your total costs. Or it could cause your cycle and run times to increase which leads to increased maintenance to the entire system.
The best tool for locating these pesky little leaks is an Ultrasonic Leak Detector which converts the ultrasonic sound of a pressurized leak to an audible tone. It is an important tool to begin locating and fixing compressed air leaks. These leaks can contribute to 25% of your compressor capacity if left unattended!
EXAIR’s Ultrasonic Leak Detector is a great tool to begin an air leak program and get these costs under control. It allows you to locate the leaks you would never hear otherwise. It is easy to operate and is low cost.
For mor information about a leak detection program go to the Compressed Air Challenge Factsheet