Super Air Wipe Saves Wire Manufacturer Serious Compressed Air Volume

A major supplier of wire and cable around the world had recently undergone an energy audit. Part of the energy audit was a sub-audit of all compressed air applications in their facility. The one that brought in the most savings was for blowing off wire after it had gone through a wash and rinse tank.

The customer was using (2) 1/4″ copper tubes running at 85 PSIG to blow off the wire which was less than 1/8″ OD. The customer implemented the audit suggestion to change the copper tubes over to a Model 2400 1/2″ Super Air Wipe. The Super Air Wipe was installed and did a better job at blowing off the cable than was being performed by the copper tubes.

The biggest bonus though was the air savings. The customer went from a total of 60 SCFM @ 85 PSIG to 14 SCFM at the same inlet pressure. So, they are now at less than 25% of their original air consumption. Once the customer realized the savings, they quickly implemented this change to their other 9 lines. The air savings was so effective that the customer was able to turn off a 100 HP air compressor!  Now that is saving energy.

Neal Raker
Application Engineer
nealraker@exair.com

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