Paul Clark - Business Line Manager - CTS Sales and Marketing, Atlas Copco, explains how compressed air systems health checks and energy audits carried out in an industrial environment can reduce costs, improve environmental performance, and help deliver energy efficiency improvements.

Which Standards have an impact on your business as an end-user? BCAS reports.

The British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) is urging food producers to consider the benefits of onsite nitrogen generation, to help mitigate the risk of CO2 gas shortages in the future. PWE reports

Typically, a fifth of UK industry’s electricity bill is attributed to the production of compressed air, but it is a sobering fact that a substantial portion of the generated power dedicated to its production is energy wasted. So how is a VSD compressor different from a conventional fixedspeed unit? PWE reports

Roy Brooks, technical development officer for the British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) outlines some of the latest advice in working safely with compressed air.

Lentus Composites (Lentus), manufacturer of composite products, assemblies and systems, has benefitted from a bespoke compressed air solution from CompAir, which is expected to cut the business’ compressor maintenance costs by 80%.

Compressed air accounts for a significant part of total energy costs for industrial manufacturers - typically about 12% and may be as high as 40% in some facilities. This means that any compressed air energy savings that are achieved will have a big impact on a factory’s total energy consumption and CO2 emissions. PWE reports

PWE takes a look at how to select the right blower technology for industrial effluent treatment plants.

Contrary to what some might think, compressed air is not free. In fact, for what it takes to produce it, to what is generated it is often considered the most expensive utility in a typical manufacturing facility. Air Compressor experts have also estimated that as much as 30% of the compressed air generated is lost via leaks in the compressed air system.

The British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) is reiterating its advice to compressed air users to adhere to air treatment best practice during the Coronavirus pandemic. PWE reports.

Social responsibility is forcing manufacturers to find new ways of reducing their carbon emissions and energy consumption. Obvious steps like the use of low-energy light bulbs and automated heating offer some immediate carbon savings. But even once these steps are taken, there remains a pressure to reduce further. PWE reports.

Compressed air has critical roles to play in brewing operations but poses a major threat if it becomes contaminated. PWE reports

Optimising a compressed air system’s performance is not just about the compressor unit. Where it is installed and how the associated infrastructure is designed also has an impact on a system’s energy efficiency, how quickly a business will see a return on its capital investment, and in some cases, even its ability to comply with environmental controls. Martin Chitty, business development manager at Mattei UK, explains how to choose a suitable site to install a compressor.

Central controllers are the backbone of an optimised compressor installation, managing the whole compressor room, matching the air supply to demand while offering pressure stability, and contributing significantly to energy efficiency. Ken Revell, business line manager, compressor technique service division, Atlas Copco Compressors UK, says it is a proven fact that a 1bar pressure band reduction can achieve as much as 7% in direct energy cost savings.

BCAS looks at what to consider when improving the compressed air distribution system.

From water, steam and electricity to compressed air, PWE gives a brief history of the factory through the ages and the energy that powered production.

Brian Barnes, business line Manager compressor technique service operations at Atlas Copco, outlines air compressor oil and additive properties and their functions: to seal, cool, clean and reduce wear.

When purchasing new compressors, an increasing number of factory managers are stipulating ‘oil-free’ and ‘class zero’ requirements as part of the specification process. However, research shows that these products can be less energy efficient and cost more to maintain than oil-lubricated equivalents. Andy Jones, managing director at Mattei, considers how oil-free air can best be achieved.

If Industry 4.0 has so much to offer manufacturers, why are so few of them rushing to implement it? Plant & Works Engineering spoke to Carl Sharpe, UK & Ireland sales manager of compressed air specialist BOGE who has some practical, real-life examples to show how its benefits can easily be gained right now.

Andy Jones, managing director at Mattei (pictured), explores how a two-stage sliding vane compressor coupled with the novel intracooling system could present the compressor solution of the future.

What air treatment equipment is recommended for an industrial compressor? Andy Lill, business development manager for Quality Air, Atlas Copco Compressors UK reports.

BEKO Technologies has installed a compressed air desiccant dryer to help reduce energy costs in a dairy. This wholesale dairy concentrates in butter production, butter specialities, convenience products for the end consumer as well as market-oriented products for the catering industry. The dairy is a family owned business and their product comprises of an entire range of modern dairy products: From butter to milk by-products, including cheese, everyone will find something to suit their taste.

Gardner Denver has supplied a leading food packaging machine manufacturer with a solution to help ensure it meets required hygiene and safety standards. PWE reports.

Salmon producer Marine Harvest VAP (UK) has achieved annual energy savings of £21,000 after Atlas Copco updated its compressed air system with new technology. PWE reports.

Whether designing new systems, or reviewing existing systems, the first step should be to define exactly what are the compressed air purity requirements. Ensuring you have the correct advice is key and the dryer is only part of the process. The British Compressed Air Society (BCAS) reports.

Although screw air compressors account for a large share of the market, vane technology should not be underestimated when it comes to reliability and its ability to deliver in harsh environments. Andy Jones, managing director at Mattei, looks at how the design of vane air compressors improves energy efficiency without compromising on performance.

BCAS Board members spoke to Aaron Blutstein to discuss some of the keys issues and trends facing the compressed air industry.

Is an oil free air compressor right air for your application? The British Compressed Air Society reports.

Steve Matthews, QSHE Manager UK & Ireland, Atlas Copco, looks at the potential hazards involved in compressed air use and asks how aware is industrial management of the preventative measures that can be taken, the scope of current pressure regulations and the legal obligations of compliance. He outlines the safety responsibilities of the equipment manufacturer and all involved in the supply chain and examines whether the picture has changed from the past to mitigate any of these risk factors.

Richard Oxley, vacuum product manager for Atlas Copco UK, discusses which type of industrial vacuum pump is right for your application to assist end users in selecting the best type of equipment for their application.

For decision makers within the industrial maintenance market, the Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling users of compressed air services to manage, optimise and improve their processes significantly. Charles Joel, Global IoT and analytics director at Gardner Denver, explains how the industry can capitalise on these opportunities, the latest technology available to do this, and how digital data looks set to provide analytics with real value for those using compressed air services.

Atlas Copco has launched new large GHS VSD+ pumps, which it says is capable of halving central vacuum supply energy costs. PWE takes a look in more detail.

For industrial compressed-air plants, the cost of acquisition accounts on average for only about 30% of the total lifecycle cost. The remaining 70% - energy costs. The good news is: upgrading to the latest compressed-air technology can reduce those costs significantly. It is no surprise then that energy efficiency remained top of the agenda at ComVac, at this year's Hannover Fair.

PWE reports from this year’s Hannover Fair where Gardner Denver has launched a new, water-cooled oil-free compressor from its CompAir brand – Ultima - offering up to 12% improved energy efficiency compared to a conventional two-stage machine with a 37% smaller footprint.

Mark Ranger, business line manager, oil-free air division at Atlas Copco Compressors UK, looks at how to ensure the right compressed air for the food and drink industry.

Beko Technologies is a long-established, international developer and manufacturer of a specialist range of products for the treatment of compressed air. With filters, dryers, condensate management systems and sophisticated air measurement devices, its UK and Ireland operations has recently expanded into new premises in Redditch, Worcs.

Oil-free compressors are appropriate for hygienic applications such as food or pharmaceutical production and can be designed for maximum efficiency, says Mark Whitmore, general manager at BOGE.

Mark Ranger, UK business line manager, Atlas Copco’s oil free air division, takes a look at evolution and revolution in lower pressure air and rough vacuum generation.

European printing company, Polestar, is predicted to save more than £10,000 off the annual energy bill at its Sheffield printing plant by adopting a new VSD-driven vacuum pump from Atlas Copco. PWE reports.

Significant energy and carbon savings can be achieved by investing in a new, modern compressor, but the efficiency of any machine is largely dependent on where it’s sited, and the condition and layout of the pipework. Andy Jones, managing director at Mattei, explains more.

As the UK economy recovers, those in the manufacturing sector need to work together with education providers to close the skills gap and create a high-quality talent pool, says Andy Jones, managing director at Mattei Compressors.

To survive in a tough competitive environment, many manufacturers are searching for ways to achieve their energy efficiency and sustainability targets and improve the efficiency of machinery, in a bid to cut their production spend. Compressed air supply systems can be a source of wasted energy, especially if they have been in place for some years. Steve Sands, product manager at Festo, reviews how energy costs can be reduced by as much as 60% through optimisation at both the production and system level.

With so many potential contaminants in the atmosphere that can play havoc with air purity, Mark Whitmore, general manager at BOGE Compressors, explains how a compressed air supply can remain fit for purpose at all times.

MERU, a manufacturer of disability equipment solutions, while upgrading its production facility, required an improved compressed air set-up, which led to the installation of the Mark full feature unit.

As part of a strategy to further develop its specialist capability for renewable energy manufacturing, Mabey Bridge, a leading specialist supplier of high quality steel bridging, tubular structures and heavy plated steelwork, made a significant investment to add another 30,000ft2 to its Newhouse manufacturing plant, enabling the production of an additional 100 onshore wind turbine towers (more commonly referred to in the industry as canisters) per year. PWE reports.

Organisations that qualify for the ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) that are not fully covered by ISO 50001 must now carry out assessments every four years to determine their energy use and identify cost-effective energy saving measures. The new requirements are a golden opportunity to help reduce energy use, carbon emissions and costs, and can help to ensure that compressed air systems operate more efficiently than ever before, says Andy Jones, managing director at Mattei.

Greiner Packaging’s production plant in Northern Ireland is helping a local college cut its £40,000 annual heating bill by donating waste heat from its compressors and its process cooling installation. PWE reports.

When it comes to replacing your air compressor, there are two main rotary compressor options available: vane and screw. Both produce the same end result but how do the two compare in terms of energy efficiency? Andy Jones, general manager at Mattei, weighs the technologies up.

Iain Cameron, Meech business unit director, dicusses how Vortex technology can help companies reduce costs.

Diagnostic monitoring tools are firmly established as the guardian of efficiency in engineering industries, and continue to evolve to provide ever-greater performance and functionality. Good diagnostic information from compressors increasingly ensures that problems are detected early enough to allow planned maintenance intervention or repair to be carried out with minimal disruption, says Andrew Westwood, service manager BOGE Compressors.

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