How to Save Time and Money by Monitoring Your Air Compressor

Posted on: April 23, 2020

When you invest in equipment for your operation, you’ll want to make sure it works in an efficient manner for an extended period of time. This is especially true for air compressor systems, which, if monitored properly, can last you for years with standard recommended maintenance.

Taking an active role in your system can also help alert you to inefficiencies that can cost your organization a considerable sum of money. It’s estimated that $3.2 billion is wasted each year by compressed air systems in the United States.

In addition to the lost revenue inefficient compressor usage causes, environmental damage occurs as a byproduct of a wasteful drain on natural resources.

Help save your organization money and reduce your operation’s overall environmental impact. Let’s take a look at the specifics behind monitoring your compressed air system and the benefits of proactive system monitoring.

Not Using Your Air Compressor System? Turn It Off

Think about your home’s heating system during the winter. Would you run it at 80 degrees 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even when you’re not home? If you did, you’d be wasting a tremendous amount of energy, and your utility bills would likely be quite high.

A similar situation exists for many compressed air system managers. According to the Compressed Air and Gas Institute (CAGI), compressed air systems on average require 60 to 100 hours a week of full capacity usage. If you’re using your compressed air system more than that — especially when it’s not needed — you’re wasting energy resources and driving up your organization’s utility costs beyond where they need to be. Take a proactive role in managing your compressed air system’s usage, and you’ll benefit from increased savings and efficiency.


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How to Monitor Your Air Compressor System

Data logging is a highly effective method for ensuring your compressed air system is operating at optimal efficiency. Many compressor systems offer computer software that allows you to track usage in real time, helping you understand how your compressors are working and identifying which areas don’t need to be utilized.

Another way to keep track of your compressor’s efficiency is to establish a baseline. You can do this by first finding out what the standard rating of your system is in kilowatts, then comparing it to the actual output of your compressors at any given time via your electrical grid. If over time you notice that your compressor system is not matching or close to the manufacturer’s stated output rate, it’s time to consider a repair or upgrade.

Quincy Compressors: Highly Efficient Compressor Systems

Quincy Compressor has long maintained a reputation for manufacturing industry-leading compressor units that combine durability with highly efficient operation. We have provided machines for a wide range of applications and are sure to have a compressor that suits your particular organization’s needs. Our new models come equipped with our Airlogic 2 controller, which empowers you to easily access data to make critical operating decisions with intuitive controls.

If you’re in the market for a new compressor or compressor system, contact us today.