The need for system audit to eliminate leaks
A system audit on the Industrial air compressor Toronto is an approach that requires an experienced auditor to conduct an extensive analysis of the system to determine whether improvements have to be made to enhance the cost savings and efficiency of the equipment. If the compressed air system has leaks, it can significantly increase the demands on the equipment and this will add thousands of dollars to the energy consumption of the industrial facility. A leak detection program will include the following:
- Leaks often go unnoticed because of the noise caused by production processes. Leaks can be detected when the facility is quiet which is usually after regular working hours or during weekends or holidays.
- Leaks can be measured when there is no demand for compressed air. Measurement of leaks can be made at night or during weekends and holidays
- An ultrasonic listening device is used during the leak audit to provide an estimate of the volume and value of escaping air.
How the location of the air compressor can affect its efficiency
The location of the Industrial air compressor Toronto as well as the quality of air in the environment will have a significant effect on energy consumption because compressor performance improves when there is an intake of clean, cool and dry air. Intake of contaminated air should not be overestimated because it can result into increased energy usage as well as maintenance costs. Contaminated air means there is moisture, dust and other contaminants that can build up on the internal components of the compressor that can reduce its capacity and increase its wear. The air compressor also generates heat when continuously operated and this heat dissipates into the compressor room resulting into a hot air intake. Generally, a 4oC rise in the inlet air temperature is bound to result into higher energy consumption by at least 1% in order to arrive at an equivalent output.
The effects of pressure drops in the air filter
A specific grade of intake filter is usually recommended by the manufacturer for compressor protection. The better the filtration at the inlet the lower will be the needs for maintenance. If pressure drops across the intake filter, it can result into a reduction of the compressor capacity. It is important to ensure that the filter is kept at a minimum size so as to prevent a throttling effect. Each pressure drop at intake filter should not exceed 3psi otherwise it can affect power consumption. It is also advisable to clean inlet air filters regularly so that pressure drops can be minimized. Manometers can be used to measure pressure drops so that a schedule can be planned for filter cleaning.