Air leaks are a significant source of wasted energy in a compressed air system, often wasting as much as 20-30% of the compressor’s output. Compressed air leaks can also contribute to problems with system operations, including:
- Fluctuating system pressure, which can cause air tools and other air-operated equipment to function less efficiently, possibly affecting production
- Excess compressor capacity, resulting in higher than necessary costs
- Decreased service life and increased maintenance of supply equipment due to unnecessary cycling and increased run time
Proactive leak detection and repair can reduce leaks to less than 10% of compressor output. The most common leak problem areas are:
- Couplings, hoses, tubes and fittings
- Filters, regulators and lubricators
- Open condensate traps
- Pipe joints
- Control and shut-off valves
- Point of use devices
- Cylinder rod packing
- Thread sealants
Once leaks have been repaired, the compressor control system should be re-evaluated to realize the total savings potential. Quincy’s patented, Frost and Sullivan award-winning EQ process evaluates the overall efficiency of your compressed air system based on “Best Practices” solutions. Please visit quincycompressor.com for more information on our patented EQ process.
References: Improving Compressed Air System Performance: A Sourcebook for the Industry, Motor Challenge and Compressed Air Challenge, April 1998.