Air Analysis

The family of AIM Companies is a member of the Compressor Distributor Association. An association partnered with the Department of Energy in the Compressed Air Challenge. The Compressed Air Challenge is a voluntary collaboration of industrial users; manufacturers, distributors and their associations; consultants; state research and development agencies; energy efficiency organizations; and utilities. This group has one purpose in mind – helping you enjoy the benefits of improved performance of your compressed air system. We also have a US Dept. of Energy Certified AIRMaster+ systems analyst who can perform a complete professional audit of your compressed air system. At AIM our goal is to assist compressed air users in the state of Arkansas to identify areas in their systems where waste and inefficiencies can be eliminated, allowing them to operate more profitably.

Generally, the overall efficiency of compressed air systems is less than 10 to 15 percent. Compressed air audits are a cost effective way to identify areas where improvements in system efficiency can be achieved. Here are a few examples of how a compressed air audit can help identify these areas and lower your operating costs.

Reducing Leaks: Most audits indicate that air leaks in the system can account for as much as 35% of the air produced. Many times the need to purchase an additional compressor can be eliminated when leaks are identified and repaired. The cost of a single ¼” air leak can easily exceed $4,000.00 per year. Identifying and repairing leaks in your system will provide immediate payback and substantial long-term benefits.

­ Lowering Overall System Pressure: For every 10 PSI of excess pressure there is a 5% increase in power cost. Lowering the operating pressure can in turn, lower power consumption as well as improve production quality.

­ Air Piping: An audit can identify inadequately designed air piping systems. Systems not properly suited for a facility have considerable pressure drops that can be costly. Relatively low cost changes to these piping systems can have a significant impact on overall system pressure and system efficiency.

­ Inappropriate Use of Compressed Air: The misuse of compressed air can be costly and includes any application that can be done more effectively or more efficiently by a method other than that compressed air use. Consider that it costs eight times as much to use air as it does to use electricity, finding these inappropriate uses could save a company considerably.

­ Insufficient Storage in the Air System: This is an area where many systems can be dramatically improved. The primary function of storage in a system is to provide air during periods of peak demand and to prevent excessive compressive compressor cycling. Properly sized storage can not only reduce the total horsepower of on line compressors but can also provide a steady pressure to production equipment. This can improve production quality and eliminate waste due to scrap.

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