Fundamentals of compressed air systems

Thursday, March 27, 2014 ·
Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth Downtown, Duluth, MN
Cost: $169
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Compressed air is typically the most expensive plant utility when compared to other sources of power.

Proper operation and controls, routine system maintenance and appropriate uses of compressed air can lead to higher productivity and reduced downtime, as well as energy and cost savings. During this full-day course, we'll discuss how compressed air systems work, the benefits of optimal compressed air system performance, alternatives to using this expensive utility and waste minimization with point of use accountability. We'll demonstrate how to measure and create a baseline of system performance and calculate the true cost of compressed air in order to evaluate financial returns on potential system improvements. The impact of different compressor types, controls and efficiency measures—some quick and simple—will also be discussed. Ultimately, you'll learn what it takes to make better decisions when it comes to compressed air system changes, as well as how to tailor a compressed air system management action plan.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, manufacturers spend over $5 billion per year on energy in compressed air systems. Optimization of these systems could improve energy efficiency 20–50 percent. Join us to learn what it takes to optimize compressed air systems.

Learning objectives

As a result of this training, you will be able to:

Explain the benefits of compressed air system performance improvements.
Estimate the current cost of compressed air at your plant.
Describe the pros and cons of different compressor types.
Explain the components on the supply side.
Pinpoint inappropriate uses of compressed air and common leak locations.
Identify measurement points to create a baseline.
Describe the impact of different compressor control types.
Explain steps for proper system operation and maintenance.
Assess quick and simple cost cutting measures.
Tailor a compressed air system management action plan.

Who should attend?

Maintenance personnel, operators, contractors, energy efficiency specialists, facility managers and engineers, manufacturer representatives and anyone interested in learning more about compressed air systems.

Questions?
If you have any general questions or would like more information, please contact the education department at 608.210.7114 or registration@ecw.org.

Agenda
7:30 am: Registration and continental breakfast
8 am–5 pm: Program (lunch, breaks provided)

Cost
The registration fee for attending this full-day course is $169, which includes continental breakfast and lunch. There is limited availability, so you are encouraged to register early.

General information
Site information will be sent with your enrollment confirmation. If you have any special needs (e.g. dietary, physical), please let us know at the time of registration. All requests will be kept confidential.

Photo & video rights
We reserve the right to use photographs taken during the event for promotional purposes. Also, this program may be video taped for future publication.

Continuing education credits

  • 0.7 Iowa State University Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Please note that in order to receive continuing education credits, you must be present for the entire training; partial credit cannot be given.

Introduction

Why care about air?

  • Seven step action plan
  • Block diagrams
  • General knowledge
  • Case studies
  • Typical compressed air system
  • Application of air system equipment
  • Systems approach and dynamics
  • Compressed air costs
  • Compressed air versus other energy sources
  • Costs of poor system performance
  • Computing energy costs

Study your supply side

  • What is the supply side?
  • Types of compressors
  • Compressor selection, types, controls and components
  • Dryers, filters, traps and drains

Understand your demands

  • What is the demand side?
  • Compressed air versus other energy sources
  • Components of demand
  • Inappropriate uses of compressed air
  • Leaks and their effect on the system

Baselining basics and techniques

  • Are you on base?
  • Determine baseline
  • Power and energy
  • Loaded and unloaded operation
  • Calculations
  • Pressure measurement and profile
  • Leak load estimation
  • Additional measurements

Stay under control

  • Controls pros and cons
  • Part load efficiency and storage

Maintain system efficiency

  • STA-COLM checklist
  • Solving the case study: block diagram, pressure profile, demand profile
  • Simple cost cutting measures

Get with the plan

  • Seven step action plan
  • Personal action plan

Summary and evaluation

Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth Downtown
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55802 Duluth, MN
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