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Top 5 Designs for Compressed Air Systems

The design of a compressed air system can have a big impact on business. Compressed systems that are not designed properly can reduce productivity, impair tool performance, and even cause your energy bills to be higher than they should be. Furthermore, the design of an system can impact safety and the system's longevity. In order to be most efficient, six fundamental items must work together, including: supply, storage, air quality, control, management, and distribution. These items are addressed in the five top designs for compression systems. Demand This type of system design ensures optimal performance at certain flow rates and pressure. In order to make that happen, equipment and tools must work effectively within a certain narrow range of pressure. If uniform pressure cannot be accomplished, however, the system can be adjusted to use regulators for reducing the pressure as necessary so that the system can operate at higher temperatures. Air Quality Another design considers the compressed air's quality. Maintaining the proper quality involves measuring oil content, solid particles, and dew point. Contamination levels are then evaluated based on the dryer, filtration system, compressor, and other related components. Achieving higher quality ultimately requires using more expensive equipment. Air Supply In order for a compressed system to work properly, supply must meet demand. If supply and storage are not optimized, pressure fluctuations can occur as a result, which reduces the system's productivity and increases system operating costs. Line pressure is generally used to manage a system's operating conditions. An increase in line pressure causes reduced compressor output. Single compressor solutions are better for smaller compressed systems where the system operates at full capacity. Multiple compressors, on the other hand, can produce many different advantages such as flexibility and changing patterns of use. Air Storage In order to properly store air, a compressor system must be sized correctly. Sizing depends largely on the receiver tank, which contains the majority of the system's storage capacity. If the system is sized correctly, it will work more efficiently and reduce excessive cycling. Additionally, tanks that are sized properly have sufficient storage capacity to handle peak energy demands. Otherwise, a drop in pressure can result from air being drawn from the system if it exceeds the system's capacity. Air Distribution This type of system provides a sufficient supply of air at the right pressure level to all demand points within the system. Poorly designed systems can reduce productivity overall and interfere with performance. They can also waste energy, which in turn causes higher energy bills and increases operating costs. Minimizing leakage and avoiding drops in pressure are key for creating a system designed for proper distribution. These five air compressor designs will help to improve productivity, lower energy bills, and minimize waste in a manufacturing process.

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