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Compressed Air October 21, 2022

Four methods for managing compressed air capacity

Too much compressed air is a major waste of money for manufacturing facilities, but there are ways to manage capacity and reduce costs.

By David Andrews
Compressed Air September 19, 2022

Pneumatics driving energy efficiency

New technology is driving evolution and technology advancement in the pneumatics industry. There is an untapped opportunity to utilize the growth of Industry 4.0 and use it to revolutionize pneumatics.

By Morgan Green
Compressed Air September 3, 2022

Dynamics of cavitation in soft porous material

Purdue University fluid mechanics researchers are looking at cavitation in soft porous material and understanding its effects on structures as well as the human body.

By Jared Pike
Compressed Air August 29, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: August 22-28, 2022

The top 5 Plant Engineering content from the past week covered air compression, lubrication, PDO, APS and electric steel. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Christina Miller
Compressed Air August 22, 2022

Ten ways to get an air compression system to meet carbon neutral goals

Carbon neutral status has become the mantra in many businesses’ sustainability team. Air compression systems can help.

By Peter Modrow
Compressed Air August 15, 2022

Impending regulations, common sense make the case for more energy efficient compressed air systems

Eliminating leaks and energy recovery are two good places to start

By Kevin Parker
Compressed Air July 14, 2022

Follow service intervals and inspect wearable parts on rotary screw air compressors

When it comes to rotary screw air compressors, it is important to follow the prescribed service and maintenance program.

By Spencer Hall
Compressed Air June 20, 2022

Top 5 Plant Engineering content: June 13-19, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered compressed air systems, preventive maintenance, Lean manufacturing tools, Product of the Year winners and detecting dangerous gases. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Compressed Air May 12, 2022

Let’s talk about compressed air systems

Managing leaks (and everything else) in an industrial compressed air system

By Brian Mann
Compressed Air January 26, 2022

Compressor filtration best practices delineated

There are many differences and distinctions of oil-free air that need to be understood because choosing the wrong solution and technology can have adverse effects.

By Camilo Villalobos and Stephanie Roberts
Compressed Air January 15, 2022

How much does a dust collector really cost?

Calculating dust collector ownership costs goes beyond up-front cost

By Lisa Frank
Compressed Air December 29, 2021

Tiny leaks cause big damage

Detecting air and gas leaks can pay dividends.

By Justin Sheard
Compressed Air November 5, 2021

Compressed air in the pulp, paper and board industry

The trend is turning from traditional paper to more sophisticated products such as demanding packaging solutions and specialty papers and compressed air will play a role.

By Saku Vanhala
Compressed Air October 6, 2021

Consider modular reed valves for reciprocating compressors

Tips for reliability professionals engaged in due diligence

By Heinz P. Bloch
Compressed Air October 4, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Sept. 27- Oct. 3, 2021

Articles about how to select a dust collection system, best practices in IIoT-based predictive maintenance, make to stock vs. make to order, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Sept. 27- Oct. 3, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Compressed Air September 25, 2021

How to select a dust collection system

For most industrial and manufacturing facilities, having reliable dust collectors is critical to the operational efficiency and employee health

By Gwendy Wyman
Compressed Air September 20, 2021

Implement load sharing in a multiple compressor installation

Steps to take for intelligent load sharing system control

By Christopher Nacrelli
Compressed Air September 10, 2021

Improving the triple bottom line through compressed air leak detection and remediation

Preventative leak detection measures play a vital role in the sustainability in manufacturing environments

By Rob Milner
Compressed Air March 15, 2021

Two ways smart pneumatics maximize energy savings

Flow, pressure and temperature data included

By Dieter Michalkowski and Chris Noble
Compressed Air October 8, 2020

How to connect air compressors to the cloud

Distributed low-cost electronic data collection and communication devices monitor and control air compressors and dryers

By Ron Marshall
Compressed Air May 11, 2020

Detect leaks with acoustic imaging

Consider reaching beyond ultrasonic leak detection to find pesky compressed air leaks

By Ron Marshall
Compressed Air March 30, 2020

Compressed air audit optimizes efficiency

A compressed air system evaluation can provide owners and facilities engineers with the direction they need to ensure their plant is operating efficiently and reliably

By Blake Finch and Luke Streit
Compressed Air November 15, 2019

Company president celebrates 50 years of employment on organization’s 65th anniversary

Steve Pendleton, president of VAC-U-MAX, celebrated his 50th work anniversary on the company's 65th anniversary.

By VAC-U-MAX
Compressed Air June 5, 2019

Compressed air, vacuum cleaning solution company celebrates 65 years

VAC-U-MAX reached its 65th anniversary, providing material handling and industrial vacuum solutions to a variety of industries dependent on compressed air and cleanliness for their engineering applications.

By VAC-U-MAX
Compressed Air June 1, 2019

1/2 NPT Internal Mix 360° by Exair

1/2 NPT internal mix 360-degree hollow circular pattern atomizing spray nozzles that can be used to coat the inside of large diameter pipe or duct

By Exair
Compressed Air March 11, 2019

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles March 4-10

Articles about calculating compressed air efficiency, Brexit's impact on manufacturing, 2018 Salary Survey findings, and conveyor maintenance were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Compressed Air February 28, 2019

A new way to calculate compressed air efficiency

Upcoming DOE standards will require new testing

By Scott Barker
Compressed Air November 12, 2018

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 5-11

Articles about process safety, Product of the Year finalists, compressor rental, agile thinking, and Manufacturing 4.0, were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, November 5-11. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Compressed Air November 2, 2018

Air conditioners

Hoffman’s T Series air conditioners are designed to provide positive cooling for wall-mount and stand alone enclosures. This new line of air conditioners offers a wider range of protective capabilities and more BTUs of cooling to protect electronic controls and equipment from potential failure caused by heat, humidity, dust and other contaminants.

By Staff
Compressed Air November 2, 2018

Plastic repelletizers

Precision AirConvey introduces its 21-model line of plastic repelletizers. They enable plastic film processors to capture edge trim, roll scrap and other film waste, convert it to pellets and reintroduce it into the extrusion process in a closed reclamation loop that safeguards the purity of the material.

By Staff
Compressed Air October 23, 2018

Compressor rental: 7 myths and facts

A flexible approach to air requires fresh thinking.

By Ryan Cook, Ingersoll Rand Compression Technologies and Services
Compressed Air October 12, 2018

Compressed air and VFDs: Get the most from your system: Your questions answered

Webcast presenter Jarrett Affolter answered questions about topics such as cost benefits of a compressed air system, recommended volume for an air tank, and when to use fixed speed or variable speed.

By Jarrett Affolter, Ingersoll Rand
Compressed Air June 1, 2018

Best practices for compressor storage

Understanding best practices for compressor storage for a lubricated trim compressor with load/unload controls is critical for optimized performance.

By Robert C. Neely, Cummins-Wagner
Compressed Air November 14, 2017

Industrial energy training and certification

Oak Ridge report details available how to find and use industry resources. Training on efficient operations can contribute to whole-facility energy performance.

By Oak Ridge
Compressed Air October 26, 2017

Four ways to manage a compressed air system’s efficiency

There are many factors affecting the bottom line of your facility. A leak or inefficiency in a compressed air system may spell much higher costs. Follow these tips to ensure your compressed air system is running efficiently.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
Compressed Air August 14, 2017

Rotary screw air compressor

The CSG-2 SFC, DSG-2 SFC, and FSG-2 SFC variable speed, oil-free air compressors are available from 75 to 450 hp and cover flows from 125 to 1788 cfm at 125 psig and are designed to deliver part load efficiency and steady pressure for applications.

By Kaeser
Compressed Air August 10, 2017

A fresh approach to compressed air savings

Take a systematic approach to uncovering and fixing waste .

By Bob Vavra, content manager, Plant Engineering
Compressed Air August 10, 2017

Five overlooked compressor truths

There are many aspects of compressed air that are overlooked. A large amount is wasted. Small changes can impact your compressed air efficiency and minimize costs.

By Bob Vavra, content manager, Plant Engineering
Compressed Air June 20, 2017

Refrigerated air dryer series

The FLEX Series refrigerated air dryer is designed to efficiently remove liquid from compressed air by harnessing latent heat produced as it converts from solid to liquid or liquid to solid.

By SPX Flow
Compressed Air June 19, 2017

Wireless digital flowmeters

A line of digital flowmeters with wireless capability use a Zigbee mesh network protocol to measure and monitor compressed air use, trends, and historical data.

By Exair
Compressed Air June 18, 2017

Rotary screw air compressor series

The RS185 to RS260 oil-flooded rotary screw air compressors provide a more energy-efficient solution for customers with high-capacity air requirements.

By Ingersoll Rand
Compressed Air June 15, 2017

Mobile portable compressor

The M58 mobile portable compressor is designed for demanding applications such as demolition, sandblasting, and construction.

By Kaeser
Compressed Air May 28, 2017

Pneumatic lubricators for compressed air systems

Pneumatic lubricators aren't commonly used for compressed air systems today, but they still serve a purpose for specific applications and settings.

By Wade Wright, Cross Company
Compressed Air March 6, 2017

Compressed air leaks leads to lost money

Compressed air leaks are expensive in a facility, and too often overlooked, which can have a detrimental effect on overall costs.

By Bob Baker, Atlas Copco Industrial Air Division
Compressed Air January 23, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, January 16-January 22: lowering compressed air costs, VFD efficiency, keeping DC motors healthy, more

Articles about lowering compressed air costs, VFD efficiency, keeping DC motors healthy, motor current analysis, and the importance of motor winding analysis were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, January 16-January 22. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Brana Webb
Compressed Air November 4, 2016

Oil-free air compressors

The oil-free standard air compressors have achieved high efficiency and a thorough reduction in energy loss. Through a cloud service, energy use and operating conditions can be visualized.

By Kobe Steel
Compressed Air August 22, 2016

Oil-injected rotary screw compressors

Atlas Copco has enhanced three compressors in its GA series. The improved GA 30+, 37 and 45 compressors offer better performance, lower noise, and a smaller footprint.

By Atlas Copco
Compressed Air May 17, 2016

Air cooled refractive index transmitter

The IPRB3 covers the refractive index range from 1.32000 to 1.52000 and the Brix scale from 0-90% and is suitable for a wide range of process fluids and applications in food and pharmaceutical processing.

By Topac
Compressed Air May 6, 2016

Getting verified performance from compressed air dryers

CAGI testing shows standards don’t always equal performance.

By Rick Stasyshan
Compressed Air April 19, 2016

Sampling conditioning unit for use in industrial applications.

The Sampling Conditioning Unit is designed for ensuring accurate emissions monitoring in industrial applications.

By E-Instruments
Compressed Air October 19, 2015

Mobile odor control system for freezing temperatures

OdorBoss 60G, a mobile odor control system, to manage outdoor odor vapor from landfills, waste treatment facilities, livestock operations, paper mills, and food processing plants.

By Dust Control Technology
Compressed Air October 16, 2015

Air knives that resist temperature and corrosion

Air knives that can withstand temperatures up to 800 F and are ideal for blowing corrosive chemical off parts, drying food products, and cooling hot materials such as molten glass, casting, and molded parts.

By Exair Corporation
Compressed Air September 12, 2015

Geared centrifugal compressor for various applications

The Turbo-Air NX 8000, a geared centrifugal compressor, features lubrication and cooling systems designed to optimize flow and efficiency.

By Ingersoll Rand
Compressed Air September 9, 2015

Take a total system approach to compressed air reliability

Understanding how systems work together can lead to energy savings in compressed air systems.

By Chad Larrabee
Compressed Air August 18, 2015

Rotary screw compressor

The UP6S rotary screw compressor series is designed to power pneumatic tools and equipment and can operate in harsh environments.

By Ingersoll Rand
Compressed Air May 14, 2015

CAGI marks its centennial

Compressed air management has a rich legacy after 100 years.

By John H. Addington, CAGI Executive Director
Compressed Air April 14, 2015

Preventing compressed air leaks: Taking a proactive approach

Much has been written about leak management programs, best practices and the like, but little has been offered in terms of a proactive approach. That is, when installing a new system or expanding or rerouting an existing one, what can be done to prevent leaks? The pipe-joining method is an important decision that will impact maintenance programs down the road. Press-to-connect pipe-joining systems can be a means to prevent air loss in compressed air systems.

By Susan Schierwagen, Victaulic
Compressed Air January 26, 2015

Stainless steel pneumatic cylinders

Constructed of 303 and 304 stainless steel, these cylinders can be used in wash-down and caustic environments.

By Clippard
Compressed Air October 29, 2014

Atomizing nozzles

Internal Mix Atomizing Spray Nozzles mix liquid and air inside the nozzle and produce the finest atomization of liquids up to 300 centipoise. T

By Exair Corporation
Compressed Air September 22, 2014

Compressed air flow meter

The ST50 Flow Meter provides precision flow measurement to reduce the consumption of pneumatic air, helping manufacturing, assembly and process plants reduce air consumables and the energy required to support compressed air systems.

Compressed Air June 12, 2014

How National Guard members and veterans can help close the Skills Gap in manufacturing

Steve Nowlan, spoke on behalf of the American Jobs for America’s Heroes Campaign about the potential of reducing the manufacturing skills shortage by hiring highly trained National Guard members and veterans.

Compressed Air April 29, 2014

Energy recovery offers ways to reduce compressor heat

Poorly designed compressed air systems waste vast amounts of energy—and waste money in the process. Energy recovery can be an effective way to utilize all energy created for the compressed air system.

By Brian Blum, Atlas Copco Compressors
Compressed Air April 29, 2014

Tie your supply chain to energy efficiency

There are numerous opportunities throughout the supply chain to reduce energy consumption and deliver a more sustainable plant such as HVLS fans, dock doors, and LED lighting.

By Brian Blum
Compressed Air December 4, 2013

White Paper: Vaisala: Four things you need to know about compressed air dew point sampling

This white paper explains how to get an accurate sample of process gas and how to avoid potential sources of error.

Compressed Air June 27, 2013

Swap sale purchase earns loyal Klein customer $5,000

Finding 109-year-old pair of side cutting pliers in working order wins company contest

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Compressed Air May 20, 2013

‘Go-to’ strategies for energy management

Condition-based maintenance will allow you to assess your building envelope and plug your leaks

By Chris Colson, Allied Reliability, Inc.
Compressed Air May 17, 2013

Active filter cleaning technologies extend filter life, improve efficiency

Indoor air quality: Active filter cleaning has evolved from passive filtration to more active methods like mechanical and reverse air methods

By Karen Wear, Donaldson Torit
Compressed Air March 6, 2013

Compressed air dryers

The D-EC Energy-Saving Refrigerated Compressed Air Dryer series are designed for small commercial use and manufacturing applications

Compressed Air February 25, 2013

White Paper: Vaisala: Dew point sensing technologies

This white paper explores the differences between chilled mirror, metal oxide, and polymer sensors and compares how these technologies perform in the four most common challenges to measuring dew point in compressed air.

Compressed Air February 21, 2013

Atlas Copco opens NASDAQ trading day

CEO rings opening bell to mark company's 140th anniversary

Compressed Air January 25, 2013

Dual hazardous location vortex

The HaxLoc Vortex AC model 7570 cools large enclosures with a 2-stage cooling process and can operate in hazardous environments.

Compressed Air December 28, 2012

Compressed air: Find the leaks, lower the pressure, and measure the results

Create "good practices" around continuous monitoring of system leaks

By Mark Krisa, Ingersoll Rand
Compressed Air December 20, 2012

Neodyne Industries emerges from Hamilton Sunstrand acquisition

New company includes Sullair, Milton Roy and Sundyne brands

Compressed Air December 18, 2012

Manufacturers can get grants, contacts through STEP program

Partnership with Hannover Messe, SBA delivers results to small businesses around the country

Compressed Air November 19, 2012

2012 POY Finalists: Fluid Handling

Finalists in the Fluid Handling category for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year competition.

By Brittany Merchut
Compressed Air May 31, 2012

White Paper: Vaisala: Dew Point Measurement in Compressed Air: Top 9 FAQs

This white paper answers the 9 most frequently asked questions about dew point in compressed air leading to a better understanding and a better operating compressed air system.

By Vaisala
Compressed Air April 24, 2012

Air treatment products

Refrigerated and desiccant regenerative dryers and filters

Compressed Air December 12, 2011

AHR attendees are optimistic about new year

According to a recent survey of more than 1,000 AHR Expo exhibitors worldwide, nearly three-fourths of the total respondents expect a better year in 2012.

By Plant Engineering staff
Compressed Air November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Platform and stair system

Finalist in Safety in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Gust Gianos, Plant Engineering
Compressed Air November 1, 2011

2011 POY Finalists: Compressed Air

Finalists in Compressed Air in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering
Compressed Air November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Air nozzle

Finalist in Compressed Air in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering
Compressed Air November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Compressed air filter

Finalist in Compressed Air in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering
Compressed Air November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Spray nozzles

Finalist in Fluid Handling in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Amanda McLeman, Plant Engineering
Compressed Air October 12, 2011

Implementing “time-of-day” energy load shed project reduces costs

Valuable lesson learned at huge aero-structures fabrication plant about energy conservation projects from the maintenance department.

By Gary Wamsley, PE, CEM, JoGar Energy Services
Compressed Air September 21, 2011

Get the most out of your compressed air system

While we only work about 40 hours a week, a compressed air system is, in most instances, much more dependable and loyal, taking breaks only for routine scheduled maintenance.

By Paul Humphreys, Atlas Copco
Compressed Air August 10, 2011

Gas Technology: Gas turbines spell opportunity for industry

Getting Much More for Your Energy Dollar

By Plant Engineering
Compressed Air July 21, 2011

U.S. suppliers to connect with manufacturers at NTMA fair

The NTMA Contract Manufacturing Purchasing Fair will be held Sept. 7-8, 2011 at the Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel.

By Source: NTMA
Compressed Air July 15, 2011

Removal of non-condensable gases, air is critical in a steam system

Learn where air and non-condensable gases come from, how they affect a system’s operation and performance, and best practices for eliminating them.

By Kelly Paffel, Swagelok Energy Advisors
Compressed Air May 10, 2011

It’s time to turn optimism into action

As real as the recession was, the end of the recession should be just as real. Taking all the lessons we learned, we have to move away from the shallow end of the pool and ramp up for growth.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Compressed Air April 19, 2011

ISC West 2011, key themes From the show

At what was a busy show in Las Vegas, there were three key themes that stood out: PSIM Software, HD transmission over coax, no "wow" factor.

By Gary Wong, Senior Research Analyst, Video Surveillance and VCA, IMS Research
Compressed Air April 5, 2011

Gas Technology: Direct-contact water heating

Saving energy and reducing your footprint

Compressed Air April 5, 2011

Gas Technology: Natural gas-powered fuel cells make friends

Solutions for a greener environment

Compressed Air April 5, 2011

Gas Technology: Renewable natural gas

A green solution adds to fuel resources

Compressed Air March 7, 2011

Weigh the benefits of on-site nitrogen generation

Many facilities are turning to on-site nitrogen generation as a more effective problem-solver that helps operations run efficiently.

By Paul Humphreys, Atlas Copco
Compressed Air February 21, 2011

AHR Expo sees big crowds, bigger innovation

Manufacturing had some major innovations at the show designed to deliver increased performance, better energy management and a quicker return on investment.

Compressed Air December 29, 2010

Air Conditioners featuring filter-free, energy-efficient design, broad range of cooling capacities

Pentair Technical Products McLean brand SPECTRACOOL air conditions deliver cooling to sensitive electronics within enclosures. SPECTRACOOL Air Conditioners provide a broad range of cooling capacities, power input, and mounting options.

Compressed Air December 15, 2010

BEST PRACTICES: Condition monitoring

Top concerns for businesses are directly related to reliability risks, which can be every bit as devastating to a corporation's financial health as an unexpected rise in borrowing costs or the failure of a new product launch.

By Tom Moriarty, Alidade MER, Inc.
Compressed Air December 15, 2010

BEST PRACTICES: Steam and condensate leaks

Steam and condensate leaks cost industrial plants millions of dollars in lost energy, while increasing emissions, creating safety hazards, and lowering the reliability of plant operations.

By Kelly Paffel, Swagelok Company
Compressed Air November 15, 2010

2010 POY Finalists: HVAC

Plant Engineering's 2010 Product of the Year finalists featured in the HVAC category.

Compressed Air November 15, 2010

2010 POY Finalists: Maintenance Tools and Equipment

Plant Engineering's 2010 Product of the Year finalists featured in the Maintenance Tools and Equipment category.

Compressed Air September 27, 2010

Video: IMTS 2010: Atlas Copco talks air compressors

Content Manager Peter Welander with Control Engineering talks with Allen Kuhlman from Atlas Copco about air compressor technologies, annual energy costs, and the technological advancements that make compressors more efficiency than years past.

Compressed Air August 20, 2010

A predictive maintenance road map to energy savings

The successful integration of standard PdM technologies can capture significant energy savings and simplify ROI calculations. By the way, any associated benefits of increased safety, reliability and enhanced facility capacity are purely coincidental.

By Dale P. Smith, CMRP
Compressed Air July 7, 2010

Atlas Copco acquires Clayhill distribution channel

Atlas Copco Compressors LLC, has purchased the Clayhill compressor distributorship from American Air Products, Inc. Clayhill operates in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and areas of Wisconsin. “Feet on the street and maintaining the closest relationship with the customer continues to be a high priority for us in the US,” said Stephan Kuhn, business area president for Atlas Copco Compressor Technique. “This acquisition gives us the opportunity to bring some experienced sales and aftermarket people into Atlas Copco, and will allow for an even greater customer focus.” Approximately 18 employees will join Atlas Copco from American Air Products as a result of this acquisition.

Compressed Air November 1, 2009

AMT elects new board members; Janka named chairman

Daniel Janka was named chairman of Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) at its annual meeting on Oct. 23 in Orlando. Also elected were board members and other positions for the association, which represents more than 400 American manufacturers of machine tools, manufacturing machinery and related products.

Compressed Air October 27, 2009

Janka named AMT chairman at annual meeting

Association elects new board members for 2009-10

By Bob Vavra
Compressed Air October 1, 2009

Compressor

Gardner Denver’s new Paradigm is ideal for applications with intermittent duty and a low noise requirement. The quiet Paradigm compressor package delivers powerful performance, easy maintenance and reduced noise for maximum customer satisfaction. Sound levels are as low as 67 dBA. Gardner Denver www.

Compressed Air August 5, 2009

Oil injected compressors

The entry-level GA FIT oil injected compressor meets diverse market needs in the 110-160kW (150-200 hp) category by providing air compressor technology for customers in need of standard efficiency levels. "We conducted in-depth conversations with our customers and found there was a gap in the market," said Paul Humphreys, vice president of communications and branding, Atlas Copco Compressors LLC. "The GA FIT was tailored for this market with one goal - to provide outstanding value to our customers in these tough economic times."The GA FIT utilizes the latest generation of Atlas Copco's oil-injected screw element in order to provide reliable service in the harshest environments, even in ambient temperatures up to 115°F /46°C. The GA FIT can be customized with several popular options to ensure the facility's compressed air needs are met in the smallest, most reliable and efficient package.Completing Atlas Copco's GA 110-160 range are the GA Standard, GA +, and GA VSD (variable speed drive) versions.

Compressed Air August 1, 2009

Kaeser president to head CAGI

Frank Mueller, president of Kaeser Compressors Inc., was recently named president of the Compressed Air and Gas Institute (CAGI). Mueller will serve a two-year term. “CAGI has done an excellent job of raising awareness on the importance of compressed air,” said Mueller. “During my term, we will continue to make CAGI the credible voice of the industry ensuring that end-users un...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air May 1, 2009

Ultrasound pinpoints compressed air leaks

For more than 30 years, ultrasound technology has been the preferred diagnostic technology of maintenance departments throughout the world.

By Alan S. Bandes, UE Systems, Inc.
Compressed Air May 1, 2009

Condensate filter

The Kaeser Condensate Filter is designed to remove oil and other contaminants, making the water safe for disposal. Now available in five sizes, the KCF is designed to handle most compressor lubricants. These models are lightweight, have multiple inlet connections and handle flows from 55 to 1800 cfm.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air March 1, 2009

Hannover Messe wooing U.S. manufacturers

Hannover Messe has a reputation as the world's leading manufacturing trade show. They are working to get this part of the world to come to Hannover Fair for this year's event.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Compressed Air January 1, 2009

Contact-cooled compressors offer increased efficiency

With features such as a smaller footprint than previous offerings, easy installation and intelligent controls, the family of contact-cooled compressors from Ingersoll Rand can assist in the ongoing quest for energy efficiency in a variety of high-use markets.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air December 12, 2008

Contact-cooled compressors

Designed for use in automotive, metal fabrication, conveyance, textile manufacturing and other applications, contact-cooled compressors feature a proprietary Intelligent Controller.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air December 1, 2008

Tri-lobe blower family

The DB 166C and DB 236C offer a reduced footprint, simple installation and maintenance, and reduced noise and vibration.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air November 10, 2008

Free compressed air guide

A free eight-page guide has been updated to include tips on system maintenance activities, maintenance solutions for various compressor types and practical solutions for common problems.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air October 15, 2008

From audit to implementation: Saving energy in a manufacturing environment

Manufacturers these days are being asked to produce products that are “green” to satisfy corporate sustainability goals.

By David R. Laybourn, Lime Energy
Compressed Air September 25, 2008

Atlas Copco opens new distribution facility in South Carolina

Compressor company relocates North American headquarters relocates to Rock Hill, SC

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air August 27, 2008

Lean conservation: Energy consulting practice offers shop-floor techniques

Wasted energy often results from improper machine conditions, lack of standard work, excessive inventories, and unnecessary processing. TBM Consulting Group , a global business improvement leader for the manufacturing and service sectors, says its new Lean Energy Practice now assists companies worldwide in applying Lean principles to reduce energy consumption and waste.“The manufacturing community urgently needs to exert control over rising energy costs,” says Anand Sharma, CEO, TBM Consulting Group. “To improve financial performance particularly during turbulent times, it’s crucial for manufacturers to conserve their energy resources.”Through TBM’s Lean Energy Process, which enables companies to rapidly achieve energy productivity, key processes lead to conservation of resources such as water, gas, compressed air, oil, and electricity.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Compressed Air August 20, 2008

Direct-drive compressors

Designed for efficiency, reliability and minimal maintenance, direct drive compressors are available from 25 to 450 hp, in flows from 72 to 2,003 cfm and pressures of up to 217 psig.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air August 15, 2008

Blower

Com-paK Plus rotary lobe blower packages offer 5- to 200-hp designs with flows from 60 to 2,295 scfm. All maintenance points, including the automatic belt-tensioning device, oil drains and filter elements, are accessible through the canopy on the front of the machine. All power and process connections are at the rear, allowing multiple units to mount side by side without additional access clear...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air July 15, 2008

Air system analyzer

The Air Demand Analysis program monitors and charts air flow, power consumption and system pressures during normal operation hours over a period of 10 days. The system is available in large and small sizes, and displays the air requirements including the relationship between peak and base load compressors, along with each compressor’s duty cycle.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air June 15, 2008

Gasket makers

Permatex gasket makers are non-corrosive, form-in-place compounds that require no mixing and cure at room temperature.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air May 19, 2008

DOE Save Energy Now reaches milestone

The Dept. of Energy's Save Energy Now program has completed its 500th Energy Saving Assessment.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air May 9, 2008

Cooling and heating units

The Apex series of 15- to 25-ton packaged cooling and heating units is equipped with independent scroll compressors with individual refrigerant circuits to provide part-load operation.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air April 16, 2008

Air cleaning unit

The T-Series packaged air-cleaning units collect dust, smoke and other air particulates with a 95% efficient, two-stage filtration system.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air April 16, 2008

Garlock honored for environmental leadership

The company's Palmyra, NY manufacturing facility was recognized for its leadership efforts in reducing its affect on the environment.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air April 15, 2008

Plugging in the numbers

Some days, it takes all the energy we can muster just to deal with all the energy issues. We’re facing another summer of making the best of escalating energy costs. The issues of sustainability and energy efficiency are top of mind for manufacturers, and they were key issues at this month’s Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Compressed Air March 17, 2008

Air filter

The MERV 8 30/30 air filter has low initial resistance and a low maintained resistance to airflow.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air March 15, 2008

Drain trap

The AMD 1550 removes condensate and contaminants from air systems while protecting equipment. An automatic magnetic drain, it offers working pressures of up to 230 psig and a discharge capacity of 53 gallons per hour. Installation is accomplished through top or bottom connections, and the unit’s modular construction facilitates maintenance.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air February 15, 2008

Compressor system

The ES-6 is a complete AirMetrix performance air system for small horsepower applications that includes an encapsulated compressor, an optional SRS dryer/SCF filter and an 80- or 120-gallon storage tank. Part of the S-Energy line of compressors, it features horizontal tank mounts and has a streamlined design that uses 40% fewer parts than conventional models for reliability and low maintenance.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air February 15, 2008

Compressor package

The new SK AirCenter series features energy-saving rotary screw compressors and refrigerated dryers. It is available in 15-20 hp models, producing 40-78 scfm at pressures to 217 psig. All models are tank-mounted and have a small footprint. The split-cooling air-flow design and insulated enclosure provide quiet operation, with noise levels as low as 65 dB(A).

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air February 15, 2008

Variable-speed air compressors

The VST series of variable-speed air compressors expands with the new VST 110, VST 150 and VST 180 (150, 200 and 250 hp) rotary-screw compressors. The direct-drive compressors can be configured as air- or water-cooled and offer a variety of features, which include standard variable-speed control, gear-free design and variable-speed cooling fans to optimize cooling and energy efficiency.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air January 15, 2008

Germany’s Hannover Fair to showcase subcontracting

In an age of global competition, subcontractors assume an important role as competent supply chain partners. Hannover Fair 2008 (April 21–25 in Hannover, Germany) will showcase subcontractors in a number of industrial sectors, focusing on their versatile share in the value creation process.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air December 15, 2007

Low-profile evaporative coolers/heaters

KUBE low-profile evaporative coolers use slinger wheel technology to evenly distribute evaporative atomized water across the air inlets. The coolers can provide from 3,000 to 30,000 cfm with variable-speed control. Heating can be provided via an indirect heat exchanger, up to 400,000 BTUs per unit. Other features include network capability and touch screen controls.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air November 15, 2007

Reader Feedback – 2007-11-15

Don’t overlook minor air leaks, and look for energy savings “Finding the miss-ssssssss-ing air loss in your compressor system” (Plant Engineering Live) really highlights the concern in our industry. As a compressed air distributor, many of our customers don’t realize that the initial cost of the compressor and maintenance is minor when compared to electrical costs.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air November 15, 2007

Airless metal sorter

The ProSort metal sorter uses a traditional conveyor belt and sensors to detect metals and 2-inch-wide electro-mechanical paddles to reject material. The sorter requires no air compressor and is available in sizes as large as 128 inches. The control circuit energizes the paddles and diverts the inappropriate metal away from the product stream.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air November 15, 2007

Asset condition management solution

InFusion condition manager provides the ability to collect real-time condition data from a range of plant data sources. It provides tools for analyzing and contextualizing data and applies a rule set that triggers and manages the appropriate operations, engineering or maintenance actions. The solution also balances asset availability and combines plant performance with business objectives and a...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air November 15, 2007

Oil purifier

The continuous bypass compressor oil purifier is a proactive maintenance contamination control system specifically designed for oil-flooded rotary-screw air compressors. The unit installs on most compressors to continuously remove acids and ultra-fine solids. Its patent-pending Dual-Core Cartridge combines mechanical and chemical separation technologies.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air November 15, 2007

Process air heater

The SKORPION process air heater features a closed-loop PID temperature control system and produces air temperatures from 1,200 to 1,400 F. Air temperature is regulated to +/-2 degrees of the set point. Heater voltage is regulated by a solid-state relay, and the heater element is protected with a resistive photo detector and a thermal resistor mounted at the heater inlet.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air October 26, 2007

Air distribution system

The SmartPipe modular compressed air distribution system is made of calibrated aluminum with a low-friction coefficient. The system is rust and corrosion-resistant due to its full-bore fittings that minimize pressure drop. Push-to-fit connectors eliminate threading, welding or sweating. Kaeser Compressors www.

By Staff
Compressed Air September 21, 2007

Emerson honored for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technologies

Products from both commercial and residential categories recognized.

By Staff
Compressed Air September 20, 2007

Finding the miss-ssssssss-ing air loss in your compressor system

Data loggers, quiet inspection turn up the source of lost air, energy

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air September 15, 2007

Maintenance strategies for effective operations

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy division of the U.S. Department of Energy offers a series of fact sheets on its Website (www.eere.doe.gov) that focus on best practices in many areas of energy efficiency. This fact sheet takes a look at maintenance on compressed air systems. A brewery neglected to perform routine maintenance on its compressed air system for years.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air September 12, 2007

Ultrasound World IV speakers announced

Experts within predictive maintenance technology fields, as well as plant managers who utilize ultrasonic detection equipment for condition-based maintenance, will present case histories, educational lectures and informational sessions at the event scheduled for Jan. 27-30, 2008, at the Hilton Beach Resort in Clearwater Beach, FL.

By Staff
Compressed Air July 24, 2007

Harvey Research, Inc.

Harvey Research, Inc. Official Internet Survey Sweepstakes Rules 1. TO ENTER : You must be 18 years of age or older . NO PURCHASE NECESSARY .

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air June 27, 2007

Easy install temperature sensor

These flexible temperature sensors install in minutes using a pair of pliers and wire cutters, have rapid response times and are available in popular RTD and thermocouple configurations.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air May 25, 2007

Compressors

The S-energy Series comes with an integrated inlet valve.

By Staff
Compressed Air April 20, 2007

Cycling air dryers

The refrigerated dryer series is now available for flows from 20 to 885 scfm, in pressures up to 230 psig. The cycling dryers provide efficiency by using a thermal mass medium for storage and operating the refrigerant compressor only when necessary. An air-to-air heat exchanger reduces the load on the refrigeration system by pre-cooling the inlet air.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air April 10, 2007

PLANT ENGINEERING April issue preview

Through the use of infrared thermography, manufacturers can more accurately predict where maintenance is needed, preventing costly downtime and the accompanying drag on the bottom line.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air April 3, 2007

Air compressor controller

The Sigma Air Manager Basic controller is designed to optimize compressed air system performance in small to medium installations. The master controller provides superior pressure band control, balancing service hours, tracking preventive maintenance requirements and preventing simultaneous motor starts. It can be adapted to most systems and manage up to four compressors or vacuum pumps, including multiple types and brands.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air March 22, 2007

Variable speed air compressor

The SFC 18S rotary screw compressor combines the proprietary Sigma Profile airend and Sigma Control Basic system to offer 21 to 114 scfm in pressures to 217 psig. The SFC 18S features a space-saving cabinet and a split-cooling airflow design for easier ducting and low noise levels. Access doors allow frontal access to all major components and reduce access clearance and footprint.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air March 9, 2007

Air transfer tubes

TT Series transfer tubes are air-powered and provide a maintenance-free method for conveying materials at high speed. Featuring a smooth bore that lets materials pass freely, they operate using the Venturi principle, creating a powerful vacuum from compressed air. Designed to instantaneously provide air movement, the tubes’ transfer speed and output can be infinitely controlled by regulating the input air pressure.A selection of tube sizes is available to match product and flow requirements, ranging from 0.375 to 1.0 inches I.D., with 15 to 95 SCFM air flow.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air January 12, 2007

Labelmaster hosts successful dangerous goods shipping symposium

Labelmaster , a U. S.-based manufacturer of dangerous goods compliance products, recently sponsored a symposium specifically targeting instructors responsible for dangerous goods training. The two-day symposium, held at the Embassy Suites Miami Airport, featured attendees representing airlines, cargo companies, commercial training firms, government trainers and instructors within private industry who ship dangerous goods. "When we looked at industry forums, there wasn't anything focusing on the unique needs of the hazmat instructor,” said Neil McCulloch, manager of international products for Labelmaster.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air November 1, 2006

New drying system strategies balance costs and effectiveness

Plant managers are constantly faced with the challenge of finding new ways to reduce costs, increase throughput and meet established quality standards. One of the biggest areas for improving plant operations could be one of the most easily overlooked: the use of compressed air in drying and blow-off applications.

By Emily Pope, Spraying Systems, Inc.
Compressed Air November 1, 2006

Anemometers measure temperature

The AN200 and AN100 airflow anemometers with built-in infrared thermometer are actually three meters in one: they measure air flow, air velocity and air temperature. Features include a laser pointer to identify the target area; ability to measure remote surface temperatures up to 500 F; an 8:1 distance-to-spot ratio; 0.

By Staff
Compressed Air September 1, 2006

Condensate system

Disposing of compressed air system condensate is an environmental concern that the company’s new Aquamat condensate management system addresses. The unit uses a unique, four-stage separation process to automatically separate oil from condensate. It eliminates the need for expensive disposal by outside contractors, the company reports.

By Staff
Compressed Air August 18, 2006

Condensation management system

Disposing of compressed air system condensate is an environmental concern that the company’s new Aquamat condensate management system addresses. The unit uses a unique, four-stage separation process to automatically separate oil from condensate. It eliminates the need for expensive disposal by outside contractors, the company reports.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air August 10, 2006

Oil-free compressed air

TheZ Series of oil-free, rotary-screw air compressors is TÜV certified ISO 8573-1 CLASS 0. Risk of oil contamination is eliminated during food and beverage processing, pharmaceuticals manufacturing and packaging, electronics manufacturing, automotive paint spraying and powder coating as well as textile manufacturing, the company reports. Certification wascarried out using stringent test methods designed to simulate realistic industrial installation environments.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air July 20, 2006

Johnson Controls to sell Scroll, buy Berg

Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls, Inc. announced plans to sell its 50% interest in Scroll Technologies, Inc., a joint venture with Carrier Corp. The company also announced the acquisition of Berg Inc., a Shreveport, LA-based mechanical services company. Scroll Technologies manufactures scroll compressors at its Arkadelphia, AR facility.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air July 1, 2006

Finding energy resources online

To help American manufacturing facilities save energy and continue to thrive during this time of diminished supplies and rising energy costs, the U.S. Department of Energy has launched the Save Energy Now initiative. The initial focus of the initiative is on reducing natural gas consumption. As a key element of Save Energy Now, DOE is sending its own energy experts to conduct 200 Energy Saving...

By Staff
Compressed Air June 16, 2006

Atlas Copco offers 100%-certified oil-free compressed air

Atlas Copco's Oil-free Air division reports that its Z series of oil-free, rotary screw air compressors is the first in the world to be TechnischeÜberwachungs-Verein-certified ISO 8573-1 CLASS 0. Risk of any contamination by oil is effectively eliminated during food and beverage processing, pharmaceuticals manufacturing and packaging, electronics manufacturing, automotive paint spraying and powder coating as well as textile manufacturing. Certification was carried out using stringent test methods, simulating realistic industrial installation environments.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air June 2, 2006

EnPro Industries, Inc. acquires Canadian compressor parts manufacturer

EnPro Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of engineered industrial products, announced Wednesday the acquisition of Allwest Compressor Services, a privately-held manufacturer of compressor components located in Western Canada. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Allwest manufactures and services compressor-related parts and components for the natural gas and oil production industries, including compressor pistons and rods, piston rings and rider bands, and compressor valves. In addition, Allwest offers reconditioning services for reciprocating compressor components. The operations of Allwest and its 36 employees will be managed as part of France Compressor Products.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air April 1, 2006

PE POLL: Our March question at www.plantengineering.com:

Go to www.plantengineering.com for April's poll question: A plant-floor manufacturing execution systems is:

By Staff
Compressed Air March 2, 2006

Voice your views

Preparing for a capital purchase in 2006? What’s at the top of your list? This month’s PE Poll question at www.plantengineering.com asks, “What capital purchase does your plant need to make next: Motors, drives, software, pumps, HVAC or compressors?” Check out the March issue of PLANT ENGINEERING for the results of February’s PE Poll question.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air March 1, 2006

Air compressors

A new series of air compressors from Sullair is designed for point-of-use facility installations. The Sullair 3000 is a 40-hp model; the Sullair 3700 is 50 hp; and the Sullair 4500 is 60 hp. They are designed to make service and routine maintenance faster, simpler and more efficient. All standard compressor maintenance can be performed from one side of the machine, and the compressor's fluid le...

By Staff
Compressed Air March 1, 2006

PE Poll

Go to www.plantengineering.com now and voice your views on this month's question: What capital purchase does your plant need to make next: Motors, drives, software, pumps, HVAC or compressors?

By Staff
Compressed Air February 24, 2006

Voicing your views

Preparing for a capital purchase in 2006? What’s at the top of your list? This month’s PE Poll question at www.plantengineering.com asks, “What capital purchase does your plant need to make next: Motors, drives, software, pumps, HVAC or compressors?” Check out the March issue of PLANT ENGINEERING for the results of February’s PE Poll question.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air February 14, 2006

Tips on dealing with water damage and electrical equipment

In the popular mind, water and electricity are considered incompatible, and for good reason. With the presence of dissolved ions, water provides an excellent conductor... but not generally where current is intended to go.

By Jeffrey R. Jowett | Senior Applications Engineer | Megger, Norristown, PA
Compressed Air February 1, 2006

Compressed air and vacuum pipework.

HBS is the aluminum modular pipework system with a full range of diamaters (from 1" to 4") and accessories made in Italy. The lightweight, high-tech design offers speed of installation and quick modification, which are advantages over traditional piping. No welding, threading or painting is required.

By Staff
Compressed Air February 1, 2006

Miss a story? There’s two ways to find them

For almost 60 years, PLANT ENGINEERING has provided outstanding technical information to plant managers, and for the last decade, the best of those technical articles are also online. With the creation of the Engineer's Resource Guide, there are now two ways to find past stories that have appeared in PLANT ENGINEERING: 1.

By Staff
Compressed Air January 6, 2006

Airgas acquires two companies

Airgas, Inc. has acquired Oxygen Service Company, Inc., headquartered in Macon, GA with four other locations in central and southern Georgia. In a separate transaction, it also acquired Alabama Cylinder Gas, Enterprise, AL.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air January 3, 2006

High power ac drive market growth expected

A recent ARC Advisory Group study, "High Power ac Drive Worldwide Outlook," indicates that strong global economic growth and buoyant consumer demand contributed to robust growth of the high power ac drive market. Manufacturing companies in a variety of industries invested heavily to create additional manufacturing capacity and in capital equipment to upgrade existing plants. The worldwide market for high power ac drives exceeded $3.2 billion in 2004 and it is expected to grow at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 8.9% over the next five years, according to the ARC study. Escalating energy costs experienced in recent years has forced manufacturers to focus on energy conservation measures.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air November 1, 2005

Selectable full-load operating pressure

VS/VST Series of single- and two-stage variable speed air compressors optimize energy efficiency, averaging a 37% energy savings over standard base-load models. Selectable full-load operating pressure from 70 to 175 psig can be made with the touch of a button. Units perform with 2 to 3 ppm of oil carryover throughout the operating range.

By Staff
Compressed Air November 1, 2005

System maintains consistent air quality

Air Main Charging System is an innovative solution to ensure consistent compressed air quality when operating under conditions that require routine system shutdowns. AMCS prevents excessive air velocity at system start-up by automatically opening and closing to maintain a set minimum pressure in the supply side and slowly charging the main distribution piping.

By Staff
Compressed Air November 1, 2005

Efficient centrifugal compressor is compact

Turbo Air 2020 centrifugal air compressor offers big performance in a compact package. It provides oil-free, reliable, efficient operation and ease of maintenance in a two-stage 250 to 400 hp air compressor. It brings lower maintenance costs with greater efficiency and all the advantages of oil-free compressed air.

By Staff
Compressed Air November 1, 2005

Compressor delivers air and nitrogen

GN range of dual output air compressors generate nitrogen and compressed air simultaneously. 4 kW, 7 kW and 18 kW units are available with several levels of nitrogen output for each unit. Nitrogen flow starts at 0.6 cfm and goes up to 18 cfm with a purity of 95%. The dual output compressor system uses a screw compressor, tank mounted, an integrated refrigerant dryer and filters and a membrane t...

By Staff
Compressed Air October 1, 2005

Hard lessons from the Big Easy

First comes the storm. Then comes the media, and a second storm erupts. Then, when the water and the TV crews and the volunteers and the president have all receded, when the fingers stop being pointed and the bottled water has been passed out and the power comes back on and the jazz starts to play again, comes the rebuilding of New Orleans.

By Bob Vavra, Editor
Compressed Air August 15, 2005

Corrosion monitoring in hydrogen bromide

For years, a major processor of hydrogen bromide has had a corrosion problem. The compressor that pushes hydrogen bromide gas through their plant required regular repairs and replacement, and each compressor was only able to provide five years of operation. Hydrogen bromide is a highly corrosive gas, especially with water present. In this application compressors are used to push the gas throughout the plant for processing.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air August 1, 2005

The business case for compressed air systems

Do you operate a compressed air system as a business, understanding the financial consequences of your actions or as a misunderstood necessity? Do you carefully consider additions and changes as you would with electricity or water? Is the current book value, depreciation life and trendable cost part of the formula for making normal operating decisions? If the answers to these questions are no, ...

By Robert B. Laine II, Compressed Air Auditing Div. of Southern Corp. of SC, Augusta, GA
Compressed Air July 19, 2005

CAGI offers “SmartSite” learning center

The Compressed Air and Gas Institute (CAGI) activated its “SmartSite,” on-line center for learning and technical information. A key feature of SmartSite is its E-Learning courseware. Titled Introduction to Compressed Air Systems, this courseware offers users industry-standard training, available 24/7, that is manufacturer and product neutral.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air July 1, 2005

Seminar focuses on compressed air efficiency

A one-day seminar on compressed air offered insights on ways to improve energy efficiency and reduce costs throughout the compressed air process. The Compressed Air Challenge (CAC), ComED, Atlas Copco, and the Department of Energy sponsored the seminar in Oak Brook, IL. The purpose of the seminar was to make compressed air systems more efficient by improving plant productivity, cost savings fo...

By Joe Foszcz
Compressed Air June 1, 2005

Create an inplant training center by design

Do any of these training experiences sound familiar? "I don't know if I can sit in this chair for another hour, let alone another day!" "Why don't they arrange these chairs so I don't have to sit sideways half the time?" "I wish the guy in front of me would sit still so I could see what's going on." "That glare on the screen sure makes it hard to see the slides.

By Richard L. Dunn, Executive Editor, Plant Engineering
Compressed Air May 10, 2005

Submission Entry Form for TOP PLANT

Download submission entry form now! Purpose The Plant Engineering TOP PLANT awards recognize industrial plants that effectively utilize the plant engineering function to achieve outstanding operational results. More specifically, TOP PLANT seeks to: Demonstrate the contribution of the plant engineering function in supporting overall plant profitability and performance Identify plants that have achieved a high level of operational excellence Identify best practices in plant engineering management Identify quantifiable levels of excellence for manufacturing/processing plants and the plant engineering function. Eligibility All industrial plant sites engaged in manufacturing or processing operations are eligible to apply for recognition. (In the United States, these plants fall within SIC codes 20-39 or NAICS codes 311-339.) Recognition will be given to individual plant sites, not to companies, divisions, or departments. A plant site receiving “TOP PLANT” recognition may not reapply the following year. Confidentiality and nondisclosure All applications, data, and evaluation information submitted will remain proprietary and confidential. Plants selected for recognition will be contacted for the release of information and data. Plants not selected for recognition will remain anonymous. Each applicant will be identified by a code released only to the applicant to which it is assigned.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air September 10, 2004

Outsourcing partnerships for utility operations and maintenance

Outsourcing is one of today's industrial mega-trends as identified by industry leaders, groups, and organizations. Brought on by economic gymnastics over the past several years, outsourcing is resulting in creative new management options as the economy calls for further resource optimization.

By Eric J. Hager, General Manager, Armstrong Service Inc., Orlando, FL.
Compressed Air June 10, 2004

Compressed Air Challenge

Compressed Air Challenge manual "Best Practices for Compressed Air Systems" ("Choosing a compressed air dryer," May 2004) can be ordered at compressedairchallenge.com.

By Staff
Compressed Air May 10, 2004

Choosing a compressed air dryer

Ambient air entering an air compressor always contains water vapor. At 75 F and 75% relative humidity, a 25-hp compressor will produce 20 gal. of water per day. This water vapor must be condensed and removed from the air system. Condensate is a contaminant that adversely affects end use applications.

By Joseph L. Foszcz, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering magazine
Compressed Air March 16, 2004

Kaeser compressors reduce energy costs and peak demand charges.

Pearl Leather in Johnstown, NY uses compressors for process and control air in their leather treamtent operations.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air March 1, 2004

MAROX uses Atlas Copco compressors

MAROX Corporation is a contract manufacturer specializing in high precision machining servicing the medical industry with implants, external fixations, and surgical instruments.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air February 10, 2004

Managing compressed air

The December 2003 article on "Managing compressed air systems" mislabeled the two curves shown in Fig. 1. The flat red curve should be for variable speed air ends and the V-shaped red curve should be for fixed speed air ends.

By Staff
Compressed Air January 10, 2004

Compressed Air – 2004-01-10

Get rid of mist Mist Eliminators trap, collect, and remove liquids and soluble particulate matter from compressed air. They use depth of bed coalescing technology instead of conventional pressure drop technology which achieves 100% efficiency in removing particles over 3 microns. Elements have an 8—15-yr life with a minimum pressure drop of 0.5 psi. Airtek , airtek.com , Write 309 on PE card Nozzles use less air Energy Saver nozzles force compressed air through a 0.002-in.

By Staff
Compressed Air December 10, 2003

Solutions – 2003-12-10

Pick up chips Problem: After drilling and tapping a blind hole, chips are left in the bottom of the hole. Is there an easy way to remove the chips short of trying to blow them out? Solution: Hold an allen wrench with a bar magnet. Lower the long end of the wrench into the blind hole.

By Staff
Compressed Air November 1, 2003

Compressed Air – 2003-11-01

Dryer uses existing energy source CDA alternate cooling source dryers enables facilities that have an ammonia or glycol circuit with excess capacity to treat compressed air with no additional energy consumption. Benefits include: optimum utilization of cooling energy supply, corrosion-resistant air circuit, low compressed air pressure drop, and uncomplicated selection and installation procedures. ZEKS Compressed Air Solutions : zeks.com , TO VOTE, WRITE 42 ON BALLOT For more information, write 42 on card Dryer has 100% zero purge PNEUDRI MAXIplus zero purge, vacuum, heat-regenerative dryer represents a cost effective, energy-efficient solution for providing high-quality, clean, dry compressed air. Zero purge means no compressed air is wasted during regeneration, so additional compressor capacity is not needed.

By Staff
Compressed Air October 10, 2003

Improving dust collection

When it comes to dust collection, the first consideration is what type of collector best fits the application. The choice comes down to the baghouse collector—which some refer to as the grand daddy of filtration technologies—or its offspring, the cartridge dust collector. For some filtration projects, there really is a choice.

By Petra Meinke and Joe Kiolbasa, Donaldson Company, Inc., Industrial Air Filtration, Minneapolis, MN
Compressed Air August 6, 2003

What to expect from an air audit

To stay competitive, most plants are required to continuously increase production while reducing costs. This requires identifying productivity and quality improvements that result in lower operating costs. Compressed air and vacuum system audits offer an excellent opportunity to achieve these goals with a viable return on investment.

By Jan Zuercher, PE, Systems Business Director, Air Science Engineering, Chandler, AZ.
Compressed Air July 30, 2003

Self-cleaning filters

Manufacturers are using self-cleaning filters to minimize waste and maximize profits

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air June 12, 2003

HVAC – 2003-06-12

Mold remediation A 3-day symposium on mold remediation, sponsored by ACGIH, will be held November 3-5 in Orlando, FL. The objective is to provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge and for sharing organizational perspectives. The symposium will consist of lectures, panel discussions, and question and answer sessions.

By Staff
Compressed Air June 12, 2003

Compressed air site

Need to know what critical pressure means? Or maybe you need to locate a company that manufactures rotary screw air compressors. A new web site, cagi.org, provides organizational information as well as direct links to member web sites and a host of valuable resource material. It also includes a toolbox with terminology definitions, common formulas, and data sheets.

By Staff
Compressed Air May 6, 2003

Compressed Air – 2003-05-06

Membrane air dryers Membrane air dryers provide pure, dry compressed air and offer an economical, efficient alternative to pressure swings from adsorption and refrigerant dryers' technologies. The dryer provides dewpoints as low as -40 F at flow rates up to 100 scfm. No moving parts means reliable and efficient operation without operator attention and minimal maintenance.

By Staff
Compressed Air April 28, 2003

The risk/cost of oil in the air supply

For many sectors of process and energy industries such as food and drink, pharmaceutical, electronics, textile manufacturing, as well as nuclear and offshore engineering, there is a need for pure process air without the additional costs, limitations, and risks related to in-line filtration systems.

By Paul Rowlands, Atlas Copco Compressors, Inc., Holyoke, MA.
Compressed Air February 15, 2003

Membrane air dryers fill a gap

Over the past few years pneumatic equipment and pneumatic dependent processes have become more sensitive to contaminants such as oil, water, and pipe scale. Thus, there is a growing requirement for better quality compressed air than most air pretreatment systems currently offer.

By Allan J. Fish, Filtration and Separation Div., Parker Hannifin Corp., Tewksbury, MA
Compressed Air September 15, 2002

Automated controls improve compressor efficiency

To keep your plant running, you must provide electricity, chilled water, air handling, compressed air, heating, cooling, and perhaps other services to your production line. Without them, you can't make product, much less profit. In a basic economics course, these are referred to as "fixed costs." But nothing could be further from the truth.

By Bob Dannenfelser, Systems Engineer, Ingersoll-Rand
Compressed Air July 15, 2002

Maintenance Tips and Tricks

Time-conserving, money-saving, aggravation-avoiding ideas for solving typical maintenance problems should be shared with others in the plant engineering profession. This idea-exchange concept serves as the basic philosophy for PLANT ENGINEERING magazine's 14th annual "Tips & Tricks" article.

By Joseph L. Foszcz, Senior Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
Compressed Air January 15, 2002

Reader Forum – 2002-01-15

An air in judgment?Plant Engineering is a fine magazine and I've been reading it for years. One of my favorite sections has been "Simple Solutions" ...until the December issue.Once in the main magazine and once in the 'Special Supplement,' suggestions were made to use compressed air in a wasteful manner.

By Staff
Compressed Air October 1, 2001

Simple Solutions – 2001-10-01

Sidebars: SAFETY FIRST Getting a long reach Problem: When a tool or part falls through grating into a deep pit or sump it is difficult to retrieve. Is there a way to get the item back without going into the pit? Solution: Make a "grabber." Jam one handle of a pair of pliers into a length of 1/2-in. thin wall conduit.

By Staff
Compressed Air August 1, 2001

Reader Forum – 2001-08-01

Agitating action alert! I have a comment concerning the Simple Solution, "Agitating action," (PE, May 2001, p 12). Using air to mix a vessel has been around as long as I've been practicing, and that's 42 yr. If one follows the drawing shown, all you get is a single stream of air bubbles. With the holes in the top, the sparger fills with the fluid.

By Staff
Compressed Air July 6, 2001

Customizing environmental control with unitary rooftop packages

This article describes the benefits of installing a tightly controlled unitary rooftop package HVAC system to control a plant environment. Key topics include how packaged units save installation costs, zone controls to improve indoor air quality, and simplified maintenance.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air July 1, 2001

Reader Forum – 2001-07-01

Agitating action feedback While I agree that air agitation as described in "Agitating action" (Simple Solutions, PE, May 2001, p 12) is a good, effective means of agitating the contents of storage vessels, there are two points that should be noted. Do not use the plant compressed air system as the source of the air.

By Staff
Compressed Air June 25, 2001

How to optimize an instrument air system

Short-term solutions to maintain compressed air source equipment and distribution piping can become long-term problems in your plant. Here are a few areas deserving attention to sustain the quality of compressed air systems for the actuation of control valves.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Compressed Air May 1, 2001

Simple Solutions – 2001-05-01

Agitating action Problem: Chemical or other types of storage vats often need continual agitation of the contents to prevent settling. Is there an easy, economical approach to this problem? Solution: Consider a sparger tube. Drill dozens of tiny holes along the length of the tubing, which has a capped end.

By Staff
Compressed Air July 1, 2000

Recovery and reheat process simplifies compressed air drying

Key concepts Warm, dry air is critical to many manufacturing processes.

By Carl Kozack i, R.P. Adams Co., Buffalo, NY
Compressed Air May 1, 2000

Using ultrasonics to locate compressed air leaks

Compressed air systems use $1.5 billion a year in electricity, according to recent U.S. Department of Energy statistics. That amount equals 1% of all U.S. power generation or all of the annual electricity consumption of the state of Connecticut.

By Alan S. Bandes , UE Systems, Inc., Elmsford, NY*
Compressed Air March 1, 2000

Fill drums fast

Drum Devil II is a low-cost product with a two-way action to pick up liquids. It fills a 55-gal. drum in less than 2 min., and a simple turn of a knob empties it just as quickly. The unit has no moving parts and requires no maintenance.

By Staff
Compressed Air March 1, 2000

Heating/cooling package has dual compressors

Predator packaged heating and cooling units are available in 6-1/2, 7-1/2, 8-1/2, 10, and 12-1/2-ton capacities. Several configurations are available: cooling only, cooling with electric heat, and cooling with gas heat.

By Staff
Compressed Air March 1, 2000

Pneumatic air gun

Model 1400 pneumatic air gun uses standard shop compressed air to create a vacuum. The tool is static resistant, lightweight, and generates twice the average suction compared to typical shop vacuums. Guardair Corp. www.guardaircorp.

By Staff
Compressed Air March 1, 2000

Compressed air accessories

New FRL series of compressed air filters, regulators, lubricators, and manual control valves are designed to provide efficient moisture and contaminant removal, accurate pressure regulation, and precision lubrication. La-Man Corp. www.laman.

By Staff
Compressed Air March 1, 2000

Compressor control reduces costs

Smart Sequencer MIC-4000 controls multiple compressor installations and maintains stable system pressure. It prevents simultaneous startup and loading of compressors, which reduces current spikes and offers considerable power savings.

By Staff
Compressed Air March 1, 2000

Air dryer

SMD membrane air dryer provides pure, dry compressed air and offers an efficient alternative to refrigerant dryer technology. The product dries compressed air to dew points as low as 35 F at flow rates up to 600 scfm. Balston/Whatman, Inc.

By Staff
Compressed Air March 1, 2000

Supplied air purification

Supplied-Air Purification and Regulation Panel (SA PRP 200B) connects to standard shop compressed air systems to supply four welders with breathable air. The panel removes oils, particulates, and odors from the air supply. Hornell Speedglas, Inc.

By Staff
Compressed Air March 1, 2000

Air filtration system

Air Fountain self-contained, portable air purifier eliminates chemical fumes and odors, tobacco smoke, and airborne contaminants. Ocean Air Filtration Systemswww.oceanairfiltration.com

By Staff
Compressed Air March 1, 2000

Filtration products

Catalog discusses the process of filtering, drying, and conditioning compressed air.

By Staff
Compressed Air February 1, 2000

Making good compressed air

The Principles of Air Compression video explains the theory for the compression of air. It shows how compressors operate and introduces key terms such as psig, scfm, relative humidity, and dew point.

By Staff
Compressed Air January 1, 2000

Air knife resists corrosion

Super Air Knife offers an efficient way to dry, clean, or cool food, parts, webs, or conveyors. A uniform sheet of high velocity air across the entire length of the stainless steel knife pulls in surrounding room air.

By Staff
Compressed Air January 1, 2000

Vent removes air in hydronic systems

Spirovent eliminates all free and entrained air and up to 99.6% of dissolved air in hydronic system fluids. The need for frequent bleeding, purging, and venting is eliminated along with air related system noises, such as gurgling and the waterfall effect.

By Staff
Compressed Air December 1, 1999

Basic guide to fans and blowers

Fans are used throughout the industrial plant. They are found in an infinite number of components and used in a variety of systems from heating, ventilating, and air conditioning to industrial processes (Fig. 1).

By Jeanine Katzel
Compressed Air December 1, 1999

Compressor control matches performance to demand

Sigma Control system matches the performance of the SK series of rotary screw air compressors to system demand. The Sigma profile airend produces up to 20% more air/hp. Units are available in 15 and 20-hp models with variable pressures from 100-190 psig.

By Staff
Compressed Air November 1, 1999

Rental package installs outdoors

TSR-20 rental air compressor package is designed specifically for outdoor installations. It saves 11-13% in energy over single stage compressors and has a 5-yr warranty on the air end and variable speed drive system.

By Staff
Compressed Air November 1, 1999

Air dryers reduce operating costs

A family of refrigerated compressed air dryers features high reliability resulting from an innovative, all stainless steel, CFX heat exchanger and modular layout and lower compressed air system operating cost due to low pressure drop of 3 psi or less and cycling operation. The environmentally friendly, conservatively sized system uses rugged components to operate under extreme temperatures and loads. Zeks Air Drier Corp.; www.zeks.com TO VOTE, WRITE 112 ON BALLOT For more information, circle 373 on card.

By Staff
Compressed Air November 1, 1999

Packaged air compressors have optional cooling

GA90-160 series single-stage, oil-injected rotary screw air compressors include drive motor, oil system, air system, and an electronic regulation system. The compressors can be air or water cooled.

By Staff
Compressed Air November 1, 1999

Air dryers cycle to save energy

Secotec cycling, refrigerated compressed air dryers are designed to effectively match airflow to energy usage.

By Staff
Compressed Air November 1, 1999

Aftercoolers handle dirty coolant

Model SAR aftercoolers effectively cool compressed air when dirty or corrosive liquid coolant must be used. A removable tube bundle allows for ease of inspection, cleaning, and maintenance.

By Staff
Compressed Air November 1, 1999

Air compressors save energy

GA 50-VSD Series oil injected, rotary screw compressors are completely enclosed to run at sound levels from 69-77 dBA.

By Staff
Compressed Air November 1, 1999

Compressor requires less maintenance

C950 centrifugal air compressor has an internal corrosion resistance system, which allows longer operating time at original design pressures and flows with less maintenance. A mounted aftercooler reduces installation time and cost.

By Staff
Compressed Air November 1, 1999

Large capacity oil-free compressor resists corrosion

Sierra 250-400 hp large-capacity, rotary screw air compressor is designed to provide years of troublefree service. The rotor/housing coating resists corrosion, wear, and degradation.

By Staff
Compressed Air October 1, 1999

Estimating compressed air consumption

The proper design and operation of air compressors, receivers, and dryer-filter assemblies are critical.

By John M. Rattenbury
Compressed Air October 1, 1999

Rent-a-maintenance service

Free directory of service providers lists companies offering inspection, training, and other maintenance-related activities. Typical services are mechanical inspection, leak detection, electrical inspection, and compressed air, valve, and steam surveys.

By Staff
Compressed Air October 1, 1999

Cycling air dryer provides efficient operation

Secotec cycling dryer controls provide maximum efficiency by operating the refrigerant compressor only when necessary by using a thermal mass medium for storage.

By Staff
Compressed Air September 1, 1999

Keep your air cool and save

Literature on EMD Series energy management dryers outlines how users realize significant energy savings under low flow conditions while avoiding the dew point variations of standard cycling dryers.

By Staff
Compressed Air September 1, 1999

Magnetic drain saves air

AMD-6550 automatic magnetic drain discharges contaminated condensate but not compressed air. A large orifice drain valve eliminates clogging and maintenance repairs.

By Staff
Compressed Air September 1, 1999

Lamp kills air conditioning bacteria

UV-C ultraviolet germicidal lamp accessories for rooftop units, fan coils, air handlers, and vertical packaged air conditioners provide a centralized way to kill odor-causing molds, bacteria, and bioaerosols known to cause sick building syndrome and building related illness. The lamps are optimized for 40-50°F temperatures and high humidity found in air conditioning systems. Carrier Corp. www.carrier-commercial.com Circle 390.

By Staff
Compressed Air August 1, 1999

Noise solutions

New 8-p brochure explains how Prospec foams, barriers, and composites absorb and contain noise in industrial environments.

By Staff
Compressed Air August 1, 1999

Cycling air dryer saves energy

Secotec compressed air dryer cycling control maximizes efficiency by operating the refrigerant compressor only when necessary. This action is achieved by using a thermal mass medium for storage.

By Staff
Compressed Air August 1, 1999

Treat compressed air right

Meeting Your Compressed Air Treatment Needs, an 8-p guide, clearly explains different types of dryers and filters, and discusses other key components, such as aftercoolers and traps.

By Staff
Compressed Air July 1, 1999

Addition to listing

The manufacturer's box in the cover article, "Wringing water out of compressed air" (PE, June 1999, p 64, File 4030/5540) should have included Atlas Copco Compressors, Inc. For information on the company's product lines, visit www.atlascopco.

By Staff
Compressed Air July 1, 1999

Lubricants extend compressor life

Sigma compressor lubricants resist degradation while performing their job. Omega blower lubricants are nontoxic and compatible with other oils. Both products provide long life to reduce the frequency of oil changes.

By Staff
Compressed Air June 1, 1999

Refrigerated air dryer eases maintenance

KRD Series compressed air dryers includes a filtered separator and automatic, no-loss drain trap. All maintenance items are easily accessible. Capacities range from 5-3000 scfm with a maximum working pressure of 200 psig.

By Staff
Compressed Air May 1, 1999

Cooler handles small electrical enclosures

Vortex Kooler uses compressed air to cool electrical enclosures, particularly small and medium sizes where heat loads are below 2500 Btu/hr.

By Staff
Compressed Air May 1, 1999

Compressor enclosures cut noise levels

DS Series rotary screw air compressors come with sound enclosures that reduce noise levels to as low as 69 dBA. Features include NEMA 4 instrument panel, EPAct compliant TEFC motor, and Sigma Control System. Kaeser Compressors www.kaeser.

By Staff
Compressed Air April 1, 1999

Steam turbine serves several applications

PYR single-stage steam turbine has ratings up to 200 hp/150 kW, speeds up to 5000 rpm, input steam pressures up to 600 psig, and temperatures up to 752 F. The turbine is used to drive fans, pumps, generators, and compressors. Elliott Co.

By Staff
Compressed Air April 1, 1999

Vacuum package reduces energy usage

Rotary screw vacuum packages are available in six models from 10-40 hp with capacities from 168-555 cfm. Switchable modulation/dual control offers maximum flexibility and efficiency to meet changing demands or applications.

By Staff
Compressed Air April 1, 1999

Passive cooling brings economic and environmental benefits

Before the turn of this century, buildings were designed to exploit naturally available cooling.

By J Carey Smith
Compressed Air March 1, 1999

Correction – 1999-03-01

The dates for "Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems" were listed incorrectly in our January issue (p 76, Circle 251). The correct dates are Chicago, Feb. 18; Las Vegas, Feb. 22; Dallas, March 1; Newark, March 8; and Atlanta, March 15.

By Staff
Compressed Air March 1, 1999

Amplifier vents air quietly

Super Air Amplifiers offer a low-cost way to move air, smoke, fumes, and light materials. Units minimize compressed air consumption and noise while producing high volume outlet airflows up to 250 mph. There are no impellers or moving parts to wear out.

By Staff
Compressed Air March 1, 1999

Guide to air compressors

Getting the Most for Your Money provides a step-by-step approach for selecting and protecting your air compressor investment. The 8-p guide covers types of compressors, evaluating systems, and maintenance and troubleshooting tips.

By Staff
Compressed Air March 1, 1999

Is your compressed air system all wet?

Is your compressed air all wet? If you answered yes, you are not alone. Moisture, either liquid or vapor, is present in compressed air as it exits the system.

By Richard E. Porri
Compressed Air February 1, 1999

Get good compressed air

Extractor/dryer system filters, dries, and conditions compressed air. Capacities range from 15-2000 scfm and dewpoints from 10-35 F. The units are modular for easy installation, maintenance, and expandability to four stages for additional filtration.

By Staff
Compressed Air February 1, 1999

Aftercoolers deliver high heat transfer rates

Water-cooled aftercoolers ranging from 40-2800 scfm use copper heat exchangers to provide high transfer rates and lower compressed air to within 15 deg F of the cooling water temperature. Smooth surface tubes minimize fouling and pressure drop.

By Staff
Compressed Air February 1, 1999

Pressure booster saves compressors

Pressure booster satisfies higher requirements of specific workstations while allowing the main compressed air system to operate at the lowest optimal delivery pressure. Benefits include energy savings, improved product quality, and less downtime.

By Staff
Compressed Air January 1, 1999

Welder helmet supplies filtered air

Fresh-air II G9000 air-purifying respirator blows a cooling supply of filtered air over a welder's face, creating a positive atmosphere within the helmet's face seal that helps keep out harmful particulates, fumes, and vapors.

By Staff
Compressed Air January 1, 1999

Blower offers high efficiency and low noise

Omega blowers for continuous service are available in gear diameters from 2 1/2-8 in. with flows from 30-4000 icfm at pressures to 15 psig or vacuums to 15-in. Hg. The units are suited for pneumatic conveying, aeration, and soil remediation.

By Staff
Compressed Air December 1, 1998

Air distribution nozzle

AirDirect Nozzle for spot cooling, heating, or ventilating personnel, equipment, or processes is explained in a 4-p brochure. The literature includes airflow adjustment information, performance data, dimensional tables, and color photographs.

By Staff
Compressed Air December 1, 1998

Compressor lubricant extends system life

Sigma compressor lubricants reduce the frequency of oil changes and are easily separated from condensate, minimizing disposal and maintenance costs.

By Staff
Compressed Air December 1, 1998

TPM awards

At the annual JIPM-TPM Conference last month in Atlanta, four American plants distinguished themselves by being the first from this country to win the "TPM Excellence" award for plants having over 500 employees.

By Staff
Compressed Air December 1, 1998

Prepare compressed air proposals

A software program was developed exclusively for product sizing, selection, presentations, proposals, budgeting, planning, and training of compressed air equipment.

By Staff
Compressed Air November 1, 1998

Air compressor has 100% duty cycle

SSR 50-100 hp rotary screw air compressor provides pulsation-free air 24 hr/day. Microprocessor control has load/unload and automatic start/stop capabilities.

By Staff
Compressed Air November 1, 1998

Electric drive minimizes space, maximizes efficiency

LiquiFlo ac drive uses the cooling medium from HVAC equipment such as chillers and compressors to cool with liquid instead of air. This approach reduces the size of horsepower drives by 70% and provides for greater power density at reduced cost.

By Staff
Compressed Air November 1, 1998

Portable compressor reduces size and weight

XAS 96JD portable air compressor is compact, lightweight, and features an airend that has high efficiency. A water-cooled diesel engine has a two-stage, cartridge intake filter with replacement indicator. An extraction system reduces oil consumption.

By Staff
Compressed Air November 1, 1998

Compressor control saves energy, maintenance

Sigma-Control uses reliable PC components to match compressor performance to demand and save energy. Monitoring and storage of events enhance preventive maintenance.

By Staff
Compressed Air October 1, 1998

Rotary vacuum uses oversize intake filter

Rotary screw vacuum packages are available in six models from 10-40 hp with capacities from 168-555 cfm.

By Staff
Compressed Air September 1, 1998

Oilless air compressors have long ring life

PureAir and PureAir II series of oil-less air compressors are available in many configurations, including multiple packages that meet NFPA99 guidelines. The line ranges from 5-15 hp and features a totally dry crankcase.

By Staff
Compressed Air September 1, 1998

Synchronizing compressors

Problem: Summer workloads may cause the main air compressor to overheat. How can you synchronize the backup with the main machine? Solution: Hook up a repeat cycle timing relay with an on/off switch to the backup compressor and adjust.

By Staff
Compressed Air September 1, 1998

Booster raises compressed air pressure

N series booster compressors increase air pressure to as high as 580 psig. The compressors include a TEFC motor, motor starter, aftercooler, prefilter, and anti-vibration pads. The units are piped and wired, ready for installation. Kaeser Compressors www.

By Staff
Compressed Air September 1, 1998

Wrapping rubber

Problem: The metal fitting at the point of attachment between air-operated tools and the compressed air piping system often cuts the rubber hose, leading to countless, expensive leaks.

By Staff
Compressed Air August 1, 1998

Managing multiple sites with a single BAS

As technological advances add features and enhance performance of plant BASs, systems are being harnessed for wider application.

By Staff
Compressed Air August 1, 1998

Compressed air dryer doesn’t use energy

MicroGen dryer combines the desiccant regeneration theory of compressed air drying with the efficiency of microwave technology. Microwave energy strips moisture from activated alumina desiccant to produce dewpoints as low as -60 F.

By Staff
Compressed Air August 1, 1998

Dryer provides instant response using thermal mass

Eco-smart cycling compressed air refrigerated dryer is suitable for use with any compressor type, including oil-flooded. A pressure dewpoint of 37 F at 100 psig is possible, which is equivalent to -6 F at atmospheric pressure.

By Staff
Compressed Air August 1, 1998

Bar code label printer not sensitive to air pressure changes

Cimjet 331 printer/applicator applies labels as small as 1 sq in. to the top or side of a product using an air box applicator.

By Staff
Compressed Air August 1, 1998

System removes condensate automatically

Condensate Management System, with six stages of separation, automatically separates oil from condensate and allows it to be discharged directly into sanitary drains. Models are available in six sizes.

By Staff
Compressed Air July 1, 1998

Multiple compressor control reduces power costs

Smart Sequencer MIC-4000 controls multiple compressor installations and maintains stable system pressure. The unit prevents simultaneous startup and loading of compressors, reducing current spikes and saving power costs.

By Staff
Compressed Air July 1, 1998

Compressed air treatment

A 4-p brochure presents compressed air treatment equipment, including refrigerated, regenerative, and single tower dryers; filters; automatic drains; aftercoolers; desiccants; and oil/water separators.

By Staff
Compressed Air July 1, 1998

Customize compressors

A catalog covers a variety of air compressor models and accessory components. If a product is not in the catalog, it can be built to customer specifications.

By Staff
Compressed Air June 1, 1998

Blower package offers high efficiency, low noise

Omega-paK blower package and optional sound enclosure ensures smooth running and personnel safety. Blowers are available in flows up to 3300 cfm and pressures up to 15 psi.

By Staff
Compressed Air June 1, 1998

Switching to synthetics

Literature on synthetic compressor oils and heavy-duty gear oils includes information on oil analysis benefits and a worksheet to calculate synthetic cost savings.

By Staff
Compressed Air June 1, 1998

Level-sensing drain removes air condensate

A level-sensing drain that removes condensate from compressed air systems offers constant self-monitoring to ensure reliability and a potential-free contact that makes it possible to relay fault signals to a control center. No maintenance is required.

By Staff
Compressed Air May 1, 1998

Controller reduces compressor energy cost

Flow controller separates the supply side -- compressors, dryers, and filters -- from the distribution system. The product creates storage within the receiver tanks and delivers needed flow at a constant system pressure.

By Staff
Compressed Air May 1, 1998

Fixing fluid products?

New service offers a broad range of maintenance-related activities worldwide to users of fluid handling products. Equipment handled includes pumps, control valves, turbines, regulators, mechanical seals, actuators, compressors, and mixers.

By Staff
Compressed Air May 1, 1998

Air filter extends service intervals

M73 Microglass air cleaner provides ambient capture, or can be ducted for source capture applications. Extended service life is accomplished through a large filter media surface area of 400 sq ft.

By Staff
Compressed Air May 1, 1998

Postcards from the show

Dear Bud, Wow! You missed a rocking Show in Chicago! Remember when I told you I was going to McCormick Place March 16-19 for the National Plant Engineering and Management Show? Well, this was definitely the place to be! Excellent exhibits, conferences, and demonstrations of all the products and services affecting the plant engineering function were available in this one spot. I joined nearly 24,000 other plant engineering and management professionals in walking countless miles checking out about 800 exhibitors. Let me tell you, my tired feet and legs were a small price to pay for what I learned. I'm sending along some postcards of a few of the booths, speakers, and activities so that you can see what you missed. You should start planning now to be at the next NPEM Show. Write down these dates: March 15-18, 1999, so you can be there next year! Lou Nearly 350 people attended a black-tie reception at Chicago's Ritz-Carlton Hotel to honor the winners in Plant Engineering magazine's 10th annual Product of the Year contest.

By Staff
Compressed Air April 1, 1998

Air doors

A 24-p catalog portrays a full line of air doors, including light, medium, heavy, and extra heavy industrial models.

By Staff
Compressed Air April 1, 1998

Oil mist eliminator provides ultra clean air

Oil mist eliminator removes 99.98% of particles 0.1 micron and larger and reduces liquid content to 0.5 ppm by weight in compressed air systems. Pressure drop is between 0.5-1 psi, while average cartridge life is 8-15 yr. Kaeser Compressors

By Staff
Compressed Air April 1, 1998

Air handling components

An air handling systems catalog details components for dust, fume, and pollution control; HVAC; and other industrial applications. The 32-p publication contains thousands of fittings, spiral pipe, and flexible hose selections. Air Handling Systems www.

By Staff
Compressed Air April 1, 1998

How to handle air

1998 Air Handling Systems Catalog helps those involved in HVAC, dust, fume, and pollution control, and many other industrial applications.

By Staff
Compressed Air March 1, 1998

System improves air compressor performance

Sarlin Balance compressed air management system improves performance and reduces costs by controlling multiple compressors as if they were one. Sensors monitor output pressure at the compressors and within the piping network.

By Staff
Compressed Air March 1, 1998

Selecting Quick-Connect Couplings For Compressed Air Service

Most manufacturing plants using compressed air apply quick-connect couplings. Proper selection and sizing of these inexpensive, ubiquitous devices are usually not given the consideration they deserve.

By Ed Kent
Compressed Air February 1, 1998

Blower handles high airflows

Omega 82, positive displacement, lobe blower features an 8-in. nominal gear diameter with 10-in. diameter flanged inlet and outlet ports to provide airflow rates up to 3050 icfm at 15-psig pressure or 15-in. Hg vacuum.

By Staff
Compressed Air January 1, 1998

Compressor provides variable pressure

M12 portable rotary screw compressor delivers variable pressures from 70 to 190 psig, with output rated at 43 cfm at 100 psig. Features include the power-saving SIGMA profile airend and air-cooled oil cooler with fan. Kaeser Compressors

By Staff