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3 Ways to Determine Your Current Compressed Air Demand
September 04, 2020

At a certain point, any industry that utilizes compressed air may come across issues of inefficiency. Most of the time, people blame their industrial air compressor for consuming too much power. However, much of this should actually be attributed to misuse and poor maintenance. It is vital to correctly calculate your air demand and adjust your operating procedures in order to minimize wasted air and make the air compressor process more efficient.


Computing your air demand starts from gathering a few data points, such as the compressed air flow rate and measuring your air requirements.


Now, you might be wondering how to get or calculate your compressed air requirements. There are many different methods and tools you can utilize, depending on your specific needs and your industrial air compressor system. Some methods will need more expensive tools or services than others while some provide more accurate results. Here are the three options you can try to help you find the load profile of your system.


Option #1: This method involves timing the load and unload cycles of your industrial air compressor while noting down the receiver volume as well as the pressure during loading and unloading. The advantage of this option is that it provides quick estimation of the capacity of the compressor and demand of the system. However, it is not as accurate as the other methods.


Option #2: This option requires you to get assistance from a professional who will connect a data logger to your system for a certain amount of time. It will gather data points about your compression operations, including the trends and fluctuations that occur within it. As such, it provides a more accurate calculation of your current air demand.


Option #3: Among the other options, this method provides the most accurate information. An inline flow metering device is used which logs data onto it electronically and collects long-term data over a long period of time. You can then use the information it provides for your ongoing monitoring to help you make modifications to your industrial air compressor system.


Whatever the case, the best course of action is consult with a professional. Get in touch with the technicians at ReapAir Compressor Services, who will be able to provide you with advice.


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