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  • Peg Minichiello

The 4 Key Principles of Sustaining Energy Savings

Compressed air problems are likely to bring your organization productivity to a halt. In most cases, these problems aren’t easily detected which makes rectifying the issue difficult. To get to the bottom of the matter, compressed air audits must be performed.

To deal with a situation you must know what the root cause is. This is why we’ve decided to outline the common problems below.

Lack of System Ownership

Having someone in charge of the compressed air system is the first step. To quickly pickup on any issues present in the system, it’s important that organizations appoint an air champion to monitor it.

Failure to appoint someone means operators can get away with not performing the necessary checks and balances on the systems. This is because they aren’t accountable to anyone and this is one of the main reasons a system degrades prematurely.

Lack of Knowledge Regarding How the Compressed Air System Works

Knowledge of how these compressed air systems operate is paramount to sustain energy savings. Here operators must have an understanding of the following aspects:

  • Understanding that the brain of the compressed air system is the control system

  • How to put the compressor into local control

  • The cost of compressed air to allow for responsible usage

  • The above can easily be rectified by training users on the supply and demand of these compressed air systems.

Lack of Feedback

It’s not uncommon for compressed air systems to go off course. The trick is to ensure that this occurrence is immediately reported for timeous rectification. A few ways that users can report problems with the system include the following:

  • Tracking the flow of the system to determine the way the air is used

  • Measuring the energy produced which allows you to measure how the compressed air is made

  • Log data that in turn generates reports that are fed to management

Act Upon Any Changes Picked Up

Getting feedback on when the system goes off course is the first step. But acting on the information received is even more important. Actions to fix the problems include:

  • Ongoing repairing of leaks

  • Developing more efficient technologies

  • Calling experts

How Do You Get Started?

CDA Systems can support you with the training you need regarding sustaining energy savings. Contact us on 925.667.3400/ for further enquiries.

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