For manufacturers concerned about energy costs and carbon emissions, examining their compressed air system is a good place to start. Andy Jones, general manager at Mattei, discusses a range of solutions available for increasing energy efficiency, and highlights some new innovations that are on the way.

In 2009 Atlas Copco supplied Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials (Mudanjiang) Co., Ltd., China, with a modular AIRnet piping system, which allows simple reconfiguration of the factory whenever required. Installed at the same time were ZT Series oil-free screw compressors enabling the company to meet the ISO 8573-1 “0” standard for oil content in the compressed air. Atlas Copco has now become a strategic global supplier to the Saint-Gobain Group.

PWE spoke with Philip McArragher, technical manager for HPC Compressed Air Systems, who explains there is up to 96% recoverable energy achievable from screw compressor installations.

Compressed air is often considered to be the industrial sector’s fourth utility, yet despite the wide scope of its use there is no formal training or accreditation requirement for operatives to ensure it is safely used and maintained. Here, Andy Jones general manager at Mattei, looks at why compressed air training is important, the voluntary schemes available and what can be done to improve the safety and performance of this essential equipment.

Chris Camsell, UK service manager at CompAir outlines the main approaches to correctly maintaining compressors and ensuring a reliable and efficient system.

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