Efficiency, quality and safety are essential when it comes to a compressed air system. In order to keep your system that way (or make it even more efficient and safe) monitoring is a must.
To avoid unnecessary costs, energy management is required and this is a continuous process. Overtime your production process changes, maintenance issues can occur, new leakages can come to live and more. Therefore, to maximize your energy savings, permanent monitoring is key.
An air audit is a great way to uncover your savings potential and based upon its results, great improvements can be made to your compressed air system. However, as expressed in the beginning, your system is subject to change and maintenance. Therefor your savings results will only be temporarily. To keep your energy consumption low, permanent monitoring and continuous improvements are required. By using a permanent monitoring system, you will learn your consumption baseline.
Permanent monitoring allows you to:
– Get direct insight into your factory baseline (such as energy and flow).
– Monitor and optimize the control system.
– Have maintenance management and optimization. This prevents too high maintenance costs and equipment failure. By measuring permanently, you can maintenance just in time.
– Size the equipment (compressors, pipework and downstream consumers). This way you can check if you have enough capacity when you have new equipment coming in.
– Allocate costs. Energy costs can be a significant part of the product costs (just as cost of labor and material). These costs should be allocated accordingly.
– Be compliant with energy directives (EED, ISO 50001).
– Collect (big) data, which is key to be prepared for the near future.
– Benchmark machines & production sites. You can benchmark your product equipment or production sites.
– Manage leaks.
The human factor: showing energy costs will make people aware that compressed air is not free. This will impact human behavior