Compressed Air Dos and Don'ts

Creating or replacing compressor capacity for your facility requires a lot of prep work. Get it right and you'll reap energy-saving benefits.

By J. Stanton McGroarty, CMfgE, CMRP, senior technical editor for our sister publication Plant Services

Most people don't realize that compressed air is essential for chemical facilities to function. Without it, everything would grind to a halt. In fact, Chemical Processing recently hosted a webinar -- Solutions & Guidance for Optimizing Energy Resources -- that made this case. You can view the on-demand version here. But before you do, be sure to read this article from our sister site

Compressing air is a great way to store energy. Since the 1800s, compressed air has been used as a clean, sparkless alternative to electricity throughout industry.

Compressed air provides the energy to propel itself wherever piping is available. Once the air has arrived, the compression energy can be recaptured from it by devices as simple as nozzles or pneumatic cylinders. It is a simple, low-cost way to package, transport, and use energy over medium distances.

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