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New Equipment Digest

Tips for Getting Clean, Dry Air From Your Compressed Air System

Compressed air quality has a major impact on production. Without clean, dry air, product quality suffers, maintenance requirements increase, and pneumatic tool life decreases. On the other hand, over-treating compressed air results in unnecessary pressure drop and higher energy costs. Strategies for properly selecting and correctly sizing compressed air dryers, piping, filters, and other air treatment products are essential for reducing scrap and optimizing product costs. Knowing what air treatment components are protecting your equipment and what components are treating your air, will help you design an efficient system that keeps energy costs low. 

This webinar is geared towards plant managers, plant engineers, production managers or maintenance managers, operating and maintaining the compressed air system and looking to achieve a reliable, energy efficient system with clean, dry air. Join compressed air experts Grayson Atkinson, Liam Gallagher, and Neil Mehltretter as they cover best practices for air treatment, including: 

  • Understanding the uses of air treatment components in a compressed air system 
  • Recognizing how component selection impacts energy efficiency 
  • Building an effective and efficient compressed air system

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Plant Services

Comprehensive Compressed Air Assessments: The 5-Step Process

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that air compressors use as much as 10% of all electricity generated in the United States, and that as much as 50% of compressed air demand is for non-productive uses including leaks, artificial demand, and improper uses. Compressed air leaks alone account for 25-30% of compressed air use. On top of that, additional power is wasted in the creation of compressed air through improper sizing, pressure selection, and controls--which also has significant impact on equipment reliability. 

Unfortunately, most compressed air users have not seriously assessed their system efficiency. With minimal cost and interruption (sometimes none), accurate compressed air assessments can quickly determine the critical KPI of Specific Performance of your system and help identify sources of inefficiency. The collected data can then be used to calculate ROI for alternative improvement initiatives. 

Join compressed air system design expert Neil Mehltretter as he lays out the five steps in a compressed air assessment and presents a real-world example in which a compressed air user achieved a 42% reduction in annual energy costs.

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Compressed Air Best Practices

Control Strategies for Multiple VFD Air Compressors

Join Keynote Speaker, Ron Marshall, Chief Auditor, Marshall Compressed Air Consulting to discuss control strategies for multiple VFD air compressors. Compressed air systems have evolved from simple cascaded control strategies to more sophistical central control with both fixed speed and VFD air compressors combined. Some of these systems have been installed with two or more VFD air compressors. This webinar will discuss some of the benefits and pitfalls of using multiple VFDs in a combined system and how to best control these scenarios. Mr. Marshall will also share case studies to illustrate those strategies. 

The Sponsor Speaker is Werner Rauer, Rotary Screw Compressors Product Manager, Kaeser Compressors, Inc. His presentation, “Control Strategies for Multiple VFD Air Compressors Part 2”, will complement Ron Marshall's presentation with some practical considerations for applying VFD compressors. He will also discuss some real-world installations of multiple VFD air compressors with a focus on the impact of proper controls.

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Plant Services

Examine Key Design Considerations That Contribute to an Efficient Compressor System

The real estate mantra, “location, location, location,” rings true for getting the energy savings and reliability you’re expecting from your compressed air system. To obtain the envy of all your friends and neighbors, there are a couple of key design considerations that greatly affect your compressors’ performance and therefore your system’s performance. 

Join compressed air experts Neil Mehltretter and Wayne Perry as they examine key design criteria when planning your compressed air system, including ventilation, equipment clearance, compressed air storage and piping, and the overall compressor room environment. This webinar reviews the key design considerations that contribute to an energy-efficient, reliable, scalable compressed air system. 

Webinar attendees will be able to answer: 

  • How does ventilation impact compressor performance? 
  • Why is my compressed air system constantly shutting down? 
  • Are my compressed air storage tanks sized correctly? 
  • Is my piping designed to deliver air with maximum efficiency? 
  • How can I tell if my station is efficient? 
  • Can system design affect compressor reliability?

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Water & Wastes Digest

How to Evaluate Blowers by Application

Blowers are a critical resource for WWTPs, so choosing the best blower is vital for plant operational success. No plant is stagnant, so a one size fits all approach often provides less than ideal operational scenarios that plant operators must constantly adjust to. Taking the time during the blower selection and evaluation stage can go a long way to improving performance and control of the process. 

Join Stephen Horne, Blower Product Manager for Kaeser Compressors, Inc., in this webinar as he explores how to evaluate blowers in wastewater applications to ensure the best blower is chosen as well as control options for these applications.

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Blower & Vacuum Best Practices

Techniques for Determining Savings from Aeration Blowers

Join Keynote Speaker, Tom Jenkins, P.E., President, JenTech Inc., to learn how to calculate savings from aeration blower and control upgrades. This presentation will include techniques for determining blower duty cycles, typical utility billing procedures and their impact on operating costs. He will also discuss strategies for evaluating life cycle cost, comparing alternatives and project justification through present worth analysis and simple payback methods. 

Sponsor Speaker: Stephen Horne, Blower Product Manager, Kaeser Compressors, Inc. He will include a real-world example on some of these strategies in his presentation titled “Case Study: Savings from Aeration Blowers.” Stephen will explain how these techniques were able to help a wastewater treatment plant in a small West Virginia town. This case study will specifically explain how a blower controller was able to help the plant save energy, automate the DO controls, and verify the power savings for an energy rebate.

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New Equipment Digest

How to Improve Energy Efficiency in a Compressed Air System

Compressed air is vital for industrial manufacturing processes and is quite often referred to as the fourth utility. At the same time, it is a very heavy energy consumer. The US Department of Energy estimates that half of all compressed air is wasted due to leaks, artificial demand, and inappropriate uses. 

This presentation covers key strategies for improving energy efficiency in compressed air systems. It covers ways of providing immediate, medium-term, and ongoing savings opportunities. 

Join compressed air experts, Grayson Atkinson, Neil Mehltretter, and Werner Rauer as they discuss proper design of air system supply, the key elements of a worthwhile compressed air audit; and best practices for distribution piping.

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Plant Services

Using Predictive Technologies with Compressed Air

Compressed air has a major impact on production, with downtime a chief concern for industrial plants. The move towards IoT connectivity offers opportunities to better monitor and manage mission critical equipment, such as compressed air systems. Incorporating predictive technologies into day-to-day operations has the potential to improve reliability, increase up-time, and reduce maintenance costs. 

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    Compressed Air Best Practices

    5 Tips on optimizing VFD air compressors

    Join Keynote Speaker, Loran Circle, Senior Consultant for Compressed Air System Training & Consulting, to learn 5 tips on optimizing VFD air compressors. He will explain how these air compressors work and how to properly integrate them within a compressed air system. This presentation will also examine how pressure setpoints, site conditions, storage and flow controllers impact VFD air compressors and system optimization.

    Werner Rauer, Rotary Screw Compressors Product Manager for Kaeser Compressors, will present "Proper Application of Variable Frequency Drive Compressors.” He will discuss key points to consider when designing compressed air systems with variable frequency drive technology.

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    Water & Wastes Digest

    How to build a better blower station

    Designing a blower aeration system for a wastewater treatment plant has many moving pieces. Each contributes to the overall health and efficiency of the system and the impact of poorly addressing one area can have far-reaching implications for many years to come. In order to achieve reliable and energy efficient operation, it's vital to consider technology, station sizing, the installation room, communications, and more. This culminates in writing a clear specification that can help streamline the bidding process.

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      Body Shop Business

      Compressed Air for Body Shops

      A reliable supply of clean, dry compressed air is vital for body shops. Taking the time to understand air quantity and quality requirements can keep energy costs in line and prevent the costly re-work caused by contaminants in the compressed air supply.  

      Join compressed air experts Michael Camber and Neil Mehltretter as they discuss best practices for compressed air systems in body shops. 

      Topics include:

      • Components in a compressed air system necessary for bodywork and spraying finishes 

      • Types of dryers and tips on selecting the right one 

      • Air treatment components to ensure clean, dry air that won’t ruin paint jobs 

      • Common types of contaminants and how to remove them 

      • Key design factors for evaluating a compressed air system 

      • How piping material selection impacts air quality

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      New Equipment Digest

      Air Quality and Air Treatment in Compressed Air Systems

      Compressed air quality has a major impact on production. Without clean, dry air, product quality suffers, maintenance requirements increase, and pneumatic tool life decreases. On the other hand, over-treating compressed air results in unnecessary pressure drop and higher energy costs. Strategies for properly selecting and correctly sizing compressed air dryers, piping, and filters are essential for reducing scrap and optimizing product costs. 

      Join compressed air experts Grayson Atkinson, Michael Camber, and Neil Mehltretter as they cover best practices for air treatment, including:

      • Determining air quality needed for an application
      • Understanding how component selection impacts energy efficiency
      • Building an effective and efficient compressed air system

        Archived Webinar


        Blower & Vacuum Best Practices

        Blower Controls for Aeration Efficiency

        Learn how to optimize blower power consumption while meeting variable aeration demands.

        There are many types of blowers used for supplying aeration systems and many methods for modulating blower flow rates. The flow rate and discharge pressure for aeration blowers are determined by fluctuating process demands. This webinar will discuss the methods appropriate for each blower type. The trade-offs of each method in efficiency, reliability, and energy consumption will be covered. Techniques for analyzing and comparing wire-to-air power consumption will be explained with illustrative examples provided.

        Stephen Horne, Blower Product Manager for Kaeser Compressors, presents: “Blower Master Controllers – How the IIoT can Optimize Blower Station Performance.” This presentation will cover how proper communications between blower packages and a master controller can truly optimize performance, predict future requirements, and increase reliability.

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        Compressed Air Best Practices

        IoT and Compressed Air Management Systems

        Join Keynote Speaker, Tim Dugan, President and Principal Engineer of Compression Engineering Corporation to learn how IoT is driving compressed air monitoring and control to become easier than ever before within a plant. His presentation will review compressed air master controls, compressed air room monitoring and demand-side monitoring. He will also discuss how IoT has made it easier and less expensive for end users to implement air compressor room and demand-side monitoring.

        Jarno Manzke, Technical Director for Kaeser Compressors presents: “How the IIoT Will Change the Face of Compressed Air in Industrial Environments.” The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has proven to have far-reaching consequences both in terms of technology and in challenging the way we think. This presentation will put the IIoT in the context of compressed air, describing the current situation and what compressed air suppliers, service providers, and end-users may expect to see in the future.