More and more industrial compressed air users are embracing a systems approach with respect to energy efficiency. Gone are the days of simply comparing the electrical efficiency of compressors and buying the one with the lowest input energy. Smart operators are looking beyond individual components. They are beginning to understand that true efficiency is more than the sum of the system’s parts – it’s how everything works together as a whole.
We’ve seen this with system master controls ushering in the industrial internet of things (IIoT), carefully orchestrating interplay between system components to ensure energy efficiency and make predictive maintenance possible. And it’s not just “new” technology that a systems approach makes possible – it's also ideas that may have been around for awhile but hadn’t been thoroughly considered or acted on.Industrial compressed air users are also getting more aggressive about managing leaks, reducing operating pressure, and finding alternatives to using compressed air for some applications. The results are stronger, leaner, and more-efficient compressed air systems.
There is another opportunity for major energy savings in compressed air; however, it depends on thinking about compressors in a different way. So let’s shift a paradigm and save some money while we’re at it.