Intec Group, LLC: $18K in Annual Energy Savings

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Intec Group, LLC: $18K in Annual Energy Savings

Chicago-area injection molding company Intec Group, LLC. is saving thousands on their annual energy bill by upgrading to a VSD compressor and VSD dryer from PneuTech. Thanks to energy incentives from ComEd, they saved thousands more on their purchase. Their new compressor allows them to ramp up production when needed while reducing energy consumption, maintenance costs, and compressor wear and tear.   Pete Bardgett, the Business Development Manager for Intec Group, says, “These cost savings helps Intec continue to be more competitive in the marketplace when quoting new opportunities; this directly offsets the continued increases of electricity. If our competition is not... Read more »

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Data Logging: The Key to Compressed Air System Optimization

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Data Logging: The Key to Compressed Air System Optimization

Management guru Peter Drucker famously said, “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” That’s true for nearly everything—including your compressed air system. Data logging can help you measure—and manage—compressed air system performance. By understanding how and when your compressed air system is using energy, you can discover opportunities for energy savings and optimization. What is Data Logging for Compressed Air Systems? What is data logging? Very simply, it is the practice of measuring system performance by attaching meters, gauges, or sensors to a system for an extended time while it is in operation. Unlike spot checks, such as a single... Read more »

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How to Choose the Right Size Compressed Air Piping and Why It’s Important

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How to Choose the Right Size Compressed Air Piping and Why It’s Important

What size piping do you need for your compressed air system? Understanding how to properly size pipes for compressed air can improve the overall efficiency of your system. Correctly sized compressed air piping will help you save money and ensure that you always have the PSI you need to run machines and tools at the ends of your lines. Here’s how to determine the right diameter compressed air pipes for your system. How Pipe Size Impacts Compressed Air System Performance  Sizing air compressor piping comes down to two factors: how much air are you trying to move? And how far... Read more »

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Why Choose or Upgrade to a Variable Speed Drive Air Compressor?

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Why Choose or Upgrade to a Variable Speed Drive Air Compressor?

There is really only one key difference between fixed speed and variable speed drive ; Variable speed drive (VSD) rotary screw air compressors are an increasingly popular choice for companies seeking to reduce energy costs and qualify for energy company incentives. How do you know if a VSD air compressor is right for you? Learn the benefits of VSD, when to use a VSD vs. a fixed speed compressor, and why you may want to consider using both. What is a Variable Speed Drive Air Compressor? A variable speed drive (VSD) controls the frequency supplied to the drive motor on the air... Read more »

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What is the Best Piping Material for Compressed Air Systems?

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What is the Best Piping Material for Compressed Air Systems?

By Derrick Taylor, Director, Fluid-Aire Dynamics What is the best pipe material to use for a compressed air system? Manufacturers have many options when it comes to compressed air piping materials. As with most decisions, the choice in piping material comes down to tradeoffs between cost, performance, longevity and aesthetics. Here are some of the most common materials used for compressed air piping and the pros and cons of each. Plastic Pipe Plastic compressed air piping is cheap, lightweight, easy to install and non-corrosive. However, not all plastics are the same. If you are using plastic piping, it is important... Read more »

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Aire Insights – B&R Grinding

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Aire Insights – B&R Grinding

B&R Grinding: Taking the Time to Get Things Right When Julio Espino, the General Manager of B&R Grinding, started researching options for a new compressed air system, Fluid-Aire Dynamics wasn’t on his radar. A tip from an industry contact prompted him to seek us out…and he says he knew right away that Fluid-Aire was different. “You could tell they really cared about getting things right. They weren’t just trying to make a sale.” Challenge: Finding the Right System for the Job B&R Grinding specializes in high-precision grinding and turning of steel, stainless, beryllium and plastics for specialty applications, including aerospace... Read more »

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Buy Now, Deduct Equipment Purchase in 2022

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Buy Now, Deduct Equipment Purchase in 2022

Buy Now, Deduct Entire Equipment Purchase in 2022 Are you considering a major fixed equipment purchase soon? Thanks to Section 179, there’s never been a better time to purchase capital equipment. If you install a new compressed air system in December, you could possibly deduct 100% of your purchase for the 2022 tax year. Here’s how the Section 179 deduction works and how businesses can benefit. Note: We are not your tax advisor. Please check with your accountant to make sure your purchase qualifies. What Is Section 179—And Why Should You Care? Section 179 of the U.S. Tax Code allows... Read more »

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Air Compressor Preventative Maintenance Without the Hassle

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Air Compressor Preventative Maintenance Without the Hassle

Air compressor preventative maintenance (PM) is essential for the safe and efficient operation of your compressed air system. But most facility maintenance technicians don’t know all the ins and outs of proper air compressor equipment maintenance. Here’s what building managers and maintenance staff should know—and how you can reduce the burden of compressed air system PMs. Why Air Compressor Maintenance Matters A poorly maintained air compressor will end up costing your company money, both directly and indirectly. Some of these costs include: Higher energy costs due to overloaded filters, blockages, inadequate lubrication, and other problems that cause your air compressor... Read more »

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ComEd Compressed Air Energy Incentives

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ComEd Compressed Air Energy Incentives

Northern Illinois manufacturers can save thousands of dollars in energy bills by improving the efficiency of their compressed air systems. Thanks to energy incentive programs from ComEd, optimizing your compressed air system may cost little or nothing. ComEd offers several energy incentives and rebate programs for manufacturing customers in Northern Illinois. These programs pay for leak detection and repair as well as providing rebates for Variable Speed Drive (VSD) compressors and other energy-saving upgrades to your compressed air system. ComEd has expanded their Small Business Program, which offers additional incentives, to companies with peak demand up to 200kW per month!

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Xcel Energy Compressed Air Incentives

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Xcel Energy Compressed Air Incentives

Compressed Air Energy Incentives from Xcel Energy for Minnesota Manufacturers Minnesota manufacturers can save thousands of dollars in energy bills by improving the efficiency of their compressed air systems. Thanks to energy incentive programs from Xcel Energy, optimizing your compressed air system may cost little or nothing. Xcel Energy offers several energy incentives and rebate programs for manufacturing customers in Minnesota. These programs pay for compressed air efficiency studies and provide rebates for Variable Speed Drive (VSD) compressors and other energy-saving upgrades to your compressed air system. Xcel Energy Incentive Programs for Compressed Air in Minnesota Xcel Energy, like many... Read more »

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How Much Are Compressed Air Leaks Costing Your Facility?

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How Much Are Compressed Air Leaks Costing Your Facility?

Are You Letting Money Escape Into Thin Air? If your compressed air system has unrepaired leaks, the answer is yes. Leaks in your compressed air system may be increasing your compressed air energy bills by more than 30%. Since compressed air is usually one of the largest energy expenses for a manufacturer using air-powered equipment, that represents a significant opportunity for energy savings. Fortunately, finding and fixing compressed air leaks is a relatively simple and cost-effective process. Thanks to energy incentives provided by most energy suppliers—including ComEd in Northern Illinois—you may even be able to get compressed air leaks fixed... Read more »

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Reduce Plant Pressure to Save Money and Energy

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Reduce Plant Pressure to Save Money and Energy

Is the PSI of your compressed air system too high? As many as 80% of manufacturers are running their systems at a higher PSI than necessary for their production processes. Reducing the PSI of your plant may be your largest—and easiest—an opportunity for energy savings. Best of all? Many of the things you can do to reduce your plant pressure are very inexpensive — or even free!

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Oil/Water Separators for Compressed Air Systems: Complete Guidelines

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Oil/Water Separators for Compressed Air Systems: Complete Guidelines

Do you need an oil-water separator for your compressed air system? The answer is probably yes. An external oil-water separator is essential for proper maintenance of your compressed air system and compliance with environmental regulations for disposal of compressed air condensate.   What Is an Oil/Water Separator?  An oil-water separator (sometimes called a condensate separator) is exactly what it sounds like: a device that separates oils and lubricants from liquid water. The oil-water separator collects condensate from your air compressor, tank, filters, and dryer, and removes the oil from the water prior to putting it down the drain. It also eliminates... Read more »

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Relative Humidity vs. Dew Point in Compressed Air Systems

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Relative Humidity vs. Dew Point in Compressed Air Systems

Do you know how to calculate dew point and relative humidity for your compressed air system? Understanding these measures and how they are related will help you maintain your compressed air system at optimal performance. To minimize condensation problems in your system, it is important to know how much moisture is in the air vs. how much moisture the air is capable of holding. Measuring or calculating your dew point and relative humidity (RH) can help you avoid problems with your compressed air system and production applications. Here’s how to know if your pressure dew point is too high—and what... Read more »

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Can PVC Pipe Be Used for Compressed Air?

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Can PVC Pipe Be Used for Compressed Air?

If you are using PVC or CPVC for your compressed air system, you may be putting people and property at risk. PVC is not a safe or approved material for compressed air piping. In fact, the use of PVC piping for compressed air can lead to dangerous or deadly explosions. Here, we’ll explain the problems with PVC, why it should never be used to conduct compressed air, and what you should do if your current system contains PVC.   Why PVC Pipe Should Not Be Used for Compressed Air Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and its cousin, chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC), are... Read more »

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Fluid-Aire Dynamics Welcomes New Sales Director

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Fluid-Aire Dynamics Welcomes New Sales Director

New Role Positions Compressed Air Leader for Growth, Market Expansion  Fluid-Aire Dynamics, a leader in the compressed air industry, is pleased to welcome a new sales powerhouse to their team. Jeremy Gaitsch has been named National Sales Director. In this newly created role, he will lead a team of Sales Engineers and Business Development specialists and oversee the company’s growth strategy in their primary markets of Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and now Detroit. Fluid-Aire Dynamics specializes in design, sales, installation, maintenance, repair and parts for rotary screw air compressors, serving manufacturers and other industrial compressed air users in their core markets.... Read more »

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Focus On Energy Compressed Air Incentives for Wisconsin Manufacturers

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Focus On Energy Compressed Air Incentives for Wisconsin Manufacturers

Wisconsin manufacturers can save energy and optimize their compressed air systems with the help of rebate programs and financial incentives from Focus on Energ®. Focus on Energy can help manufacturers save thousands of dollars in energy bills by improving the efficiency of their compressed air systems—often at a minimal cost. When you partner with Fluid-Aire Dynamics on a Focus on Energy project, you only pay the costs over and above the incentive, keeping your up-front costs to a minimum. What is Focus on Energy? Focus on Energy is Wisconsin’s statewide program serving the customers of the 107 participating Wisconsin electric... Read more »

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How to Drain Your Compressed Air System

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How to Drain Your Compressed Air System

Draining excess water from your compressed air system is very important to maintain the longevity of your system and keep moisture out of your compressed air supply. Fortunately, draining condensate from your compressed air system is easy with either manual or automatic drain valves. Learn why draining your air compressor, air dryers, receiver tanks and other components of your compressed air system is important, what kind of drains you need, and how often to drain your air system components. Why do I need to drain water from my compressed air system? Draining the condensate that builds up inside your compressed... Read more »

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How To Adjust the Air Compressor Regulator

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How To Adjust the Air Compressor Regulator

How do you adjust the pressure of your compressed air for downstream tools and applications? A compressed air regulator allows you to control the pressure of air going into your air-powered equipment. Regulating the pressure (PSI) of the compressed air at the point-of-use can be important to protect pneumatic equipment and ensure the safety and efficiency of your operations. Here’s what you need to know about the air compressor regulator.  What is an air compressor regulator? The air compressor regulator is, as its name implies, a device that regulates pressure (PSI) for your compressed air needs. It controls airflow from... Read more »

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Ten Tips to Make Your Air Compressor Quieter

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Ten Tips to Make Your Air Compressor Quieter

How do you fix a noisy air compressor? Industrial air compressors can produce a lot of noise, but there are ways to quiet the din. Sound insulation, sound absorption, vibration dampening, and general maintenance can make a big difference in actual or perceived noise levels from the compressor. Here are ten tips for muffling a loud air compressor and creating a quieter, more pleasant workplace. 1.    Choose a quieter compressor model.  Noise levels for an air compressor can vary quite a bit between models. Rotary screw air compressors typically operate within a range of 70-75 dB—equivalent to standing next... Read more »

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