• Peg Minichiello

How to Monitor Compressed Air Performance

It’s not uncommon for compressed air systems to perform below par. This can unfortunately affect your organization’s productivity levels. While the problems in the compressed air systems can’t easily be detected using the naked eye, audits can be conducted to establish the root cause.

In this article, we’re going to outline the audit methodology used to monitor compressed air performance. We’ll also discuss the root problem that’s negatively affecting the demand side of the production process.

#1. kW Monitoring

The first step is to monitor the performance of the money meter which is measured in kW. Here you have to determine the amount of power saved by using the reading on the recording meter displayed during the investigation.

#2. Pressure Monitoring

After measuring the amount of power saved, the next step is to monitor the pressure performance on the compressed air system. This is done by following these easy steps:

Installing a pressure transducer to the compressed air dryer

Record the pressure for the load and unload

Observe the effects of the blow molders on the compressed air dryer

#3. Flow Metering

Next you need to monitor the flow metering. The flow meter is used to determine the volume of leaks on all flow molders. By observing the flow meter, you can pick up the leakage rate on the compressed air dryer.

Air leakage is common during the process of compressed air production. The trick is to determine the rate of severity as it negatively affects productivity.

#4. Interpretation of Results

Once the above process is over, it’s time to interpret the results and deal with the revelations accordingly.

From the above, it’s clear that the production levels are significantly affected by leakage in the compressed air system. This leak measurement usually reveals the percentage of total compressed air that was lost to leakage during production.

Depending on the percentage—high or low—you can tell the degree to which production is affected. And unfortunately, the leakage contributes to the total cost of the electrical bill.

What’s the Solution?

You want your compressed air systems to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible. The only way to achieve this is to conduct an audit regarding the performance of your compressed air systems. This is where we come in. Call us today for a quote on our services and we’ll be in touch. Our contact details are 925.667.3400/

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