Volume Equals Power

Learn how to balance storage against excess air compressor capacity.

By Robert E. Wilson

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Industrial compressed air users often misinterpret the role the air compressor plays as an energy source in support of manufacturing. Air compressors don’t supply the air directly to the production demands: The connecting pipes serve that purpose. As such, the energy extracted from the system to perform the required tasks actually comes from air already in the pipes. The compressors replenish that air as it’s consumed. This is an important distinction to understand when configuring a compressed air system to perform at optimum efficiency.

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