What is the first step to improving your system performance, reliability, efficiency and control?
The best practice is to baseline your existing system. You can make improvements, but without a baseline analysis, your efforts may go unnoticed. IAC recommends a complete system air audit for this step. IAC has Certified U.S. Department of Energy AIRMaster+ Specialists on staff. Our audits and assessments are performed according to the principles and guidelines put in place by the Compressed Air Challenge (www.compressedairchallenge.org) and from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Compressed Air Supply & Demand Audits
Compressed air is one of the largest single costs to manufacturing facilities. It is often referred to as the 4th utility. As compared to power, water and gas, compressed air is typically generated on the site.
The importance of properly determining your specific demands weigh high on this system because unlike other systems, you pay for what you don’t use in many ways. So what is your risk? From our experience, it could be up to hundreds of thousands of lost profits per year.
Demand side audits will ultimately reduce your dependency on compressed air. It is the first step in a full system evaluation. One of our System Specialists will spend time evaluating your current compressed air usage including inappropriate uses, pressure problem areas, the distribution system and leak rate. We will establish a baseline to measure success.
The supply side audit will be conducted once we have implemented the demand side recommendations and have determined the lowest possible compressed air usage. Our attention now focuses on your supply side, inside the compressor room, to determine the opportunity for generating compressed air at its lowest cost.
WHAT CAN YOU GET FROM AN AUDIT?
Our goal for performing compressed air assessments and audits is to provide tremendously accurate results to save plant facilities thousands of dollars a year and to assist plant personnel with critical information for the decisions pertaining to future growth and efficiency. In order to provide this information, we use these base guidelines:
1. Document compressed air current costs.
2. Identify the range of flow rates experienced.
3. Document pressure variation throughout the plant.
4. Evaluate resulting compressor loading, part-load and unloading patterns.
5. Identify problems and root causes.
6. Evaluate options for improvements & cost savings.
Typically, the specific goals change from site to site depending on expectations and goals set by the customers which are determined in a preliminary "walk-through" meeting with our Compressed Air System Auditor. We specialize in analyzing and transposing the data into a report that you can understand and use to your benefit. We take pride in our work and give you our analysis backed by proof which includes graphs, tables and actual data. Upon completion of the audit or assessment, we will schedule a meeting to go through the audit results with you.
Our goal is to help you reduce the highest portion of your total cost of ownership. In an inefficient system, energy costs can consume up to 88% of the total cost of ownership of a compressed air system.
Our system assessments have proven to save facilities up to 50% of their costs associated with their compressed air system, but have also improved the quality and reliability of the compressed air delivered.
Our Systems Specialists
Our team consist of 100% Qualified US Department of Energy AIRMaster+ Specialists who are committed to providing you a product neutral solution that is guaranteed to earn you savings! Our Specialists have a combined 110 years of experience in the compressed air and vacuum fields.
Please contact us for more information or a personal visit from one of our System Specialists.