Compressed Air Myths

Posted on: April 10, 2014

Myth:
Compressed air is not desirable source of power

Fact:
When properly applied, compressed air can be the best choice. It is a safe, clean source of power that is easy to use and maintain

Myth:
Compressed air is very expensive

Fact:
Like the other power sources (electric, battery and hydraulic), compressed air can be costly. Compressed air cost can be minimized through correct application, installation and maintenance.

Myth:
Compressed air is dirty

Fact:
This is generally not true. Poor system design or lack of basic maintenance can result in contaminated air at point of use

Myth:
More pressure is better

Fact:
Raising pressure system-wide will require more power on-line. Pressure problems are best solved at the point of use where they exist, not with more power in the compressor room

Myth:
Reducing compressor operating pressure will save energy

Fact:
How far pressure is reduced will determine the savings, the further it is reduced the less stable and reliable the system will become. The first time production is interrupted operating pressure will be returned to previous levels and savings will disappear

Myth:
Routine servicing is not required

Fact:
The longer you leave between compressor service intervals, the more likely it is that your compressor will break down. How long can you business run without compressed air? A dirty oil removal filter can increase your energy use by 2 percent and a clogged air/oil separator up to 5 percent