Relative Humidity vs. Dew Point in Compressed Air Systems

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Relative Humidity vs. Dew Point in Compressed Air Systems

  The importance of understanding relative humidity to dew point when working with compressed air systems. How many of you consider the relationship between relative humidity to dew point and the effect it can have on your compressed air systems? We spoke with several customers, and people who work in the industry, and we have discovered that many don’t understand how important it is to know both terms when talking about compressed air dryness. Knowing the relative humidity percentage and dew point temperature helps you ensure your compressed air systems are functioning properly and can help save you from costly... Read more »

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10 Tips for Getting the Most Life From Your Air Compressor

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10 Tips for Getting the Most Life From Your Air Compressor

You’ve made a sizable investment into your air compressor, so you’ll want to get the most life from it that is possible. Here are some simple steps that will help you achieve years of trouble-free operation. Follow instructions – It may seem obvious, but reading the manual for your air compressor is a small time investment with big payoff. You’ll learn the maintenance schedule as well as operating guidelines for your compressor. With this information, you can extend the life of your equipment and minimize downtime. Check oil levels daily – For compressors that use oil, check oil before every use.... Read more »

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10 Tips for Reducing Air Consumption and Energy Costs

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10 Tips for Reducing Air Consumption and Energy Costs

I bet as a business owner, or even as a great employee, you are always thinking of ways to improve your company’s efficiency. Compressed air is used in many different industries all over the world for a variety of critical operations. Read on to learn 11 tips for reducing air consumption and energy costs. Remember, compressed air is not only your 4th utility, but also your most expensive utility. 1. Eliminate pressure drop: A few of the major contributors to pressure drop are inadequate pipe sizes, undersized and dirty filtration, excessive filtration, inadequate storage, and air compressor maintenance issues. 2. Install low... Read more »

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Inappropriate Uses of Compressed Air

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Inappropriate Uses of Compressed Air

We all know what it is to go from room to room at home turning off all the lights that the kids left on. We are sensitive about the thermostat setting at home during the winter, keeping it lowered at night or when not home for an extended period. We fix the drippy kitchen faucet, or the toilet that runs continually. These are examples of cost cutting measures to keep our utility bills more affordable. But what about your compressed air system at your place of business? Compressed air is your fourth, and most expensive, utility. Minimally, it costs you electricity to... Read more »

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Complete Guide to Buying the Best Industrial Air Compressor

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Complete Guide to Buying the Best Industrial Air Compressor

Air compressors range from large-scale industrial machines to small portable units. Purchasing the right machine for your need requires knowing the basics of how an industrial air compressor works and understanding your application. Whether you want to use an air compressor to power air tools or to apply a smooth paint coating, you must know how the different technologies available will affect your application. Types of Air Compressor Systems When you plan to purchase an industrial air compressor, your first task is deciding the type of the air compressor that you have to buy. In terms of design and principle... Read more »

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Industrial Air Compressor Maintenance: It’s Time for Spring Cleaning!

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Industrial Air Compressor Maintenance: It’s Time for Spring Cleaning!

 You may still have frost outside, but spring is just around the corner. When you’re planning your spring cleaning, don’t forget your compressed air system. Spring is the perfect time to assess your industrial air compression system and perform critical maintenance to make sure it is ready for the hot summer months ahead. A thorough spring cleaning of your industrial air compressor and other compressed air system components can prevent expensive repairs and eliminate costly downtime.   Of course, you should be conducting most routine maintenance checks daily or weekly throughout the year, following the preventative maintenance guidelines in the user... 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—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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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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2021 ComEd Compressed Air Energy Incentives

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2021 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 incentive 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. Starting in January 2021, ComEd has expanded their Small Business Program, which offers additional incentives, to companies with peak demand up... Read more »

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Xcel Energy Compressed Air Incentives for 2021

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Xcel Energy Compressed Air Incentives for 2021

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 incentive 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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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 Energy®. Focus on Energy can help manufacturers save thousands of dollars in energy bills by improving the efficiency of their compressed air systems—often at 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 and... 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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Why Do I Need a Backup Air Compressor for My Business?

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Why Do I Need a Backup Air Compressor for My Business?

How does a backup compressor help my business? Let’s use a manufacturing business as a perfect example; compressed air is vital for operations, and if it goes down, you may as well turn off the lights and count your losses. You will soon find out that besides losing production uptime when the compressor is down, it may also spoil the current product that is in your lineup when you go down. For example, if a food manufacturer goes down, not only do they lose the hours of production that they are down, but whatever is currently in their production line... Read more »

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4 Techniques to Determine Accurate Compressed Air Needs

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4 Techniques to Determine Accurate Compressed Air Needs

How to know the right amount of compressed air your facility needs. There are many ways and methods that can be used in determining how much compressed air is needed to supply your facility, and believe it when we tell you – Getting a properly sized compressed air system is very important. Why do we say that? Under-sizing an air compressor will cause the system not to work. Both over-sizing and under-sizing your equipment can lead to large budget constraints that management never likes to deal with. Over-sizing your equipment can be costly too due to long-term maintenance and higher... Read more »

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5 Questions to Ask When Deciding on a Rotary Screw Air Compressor

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5 Questions to Ask When Deciding on a Rotary Screw Air Compressor

1. How large is your demand? Rotary screw air compressors are especially durable and are able to handle large amounts of demand for extended periods of time. They are still more efficient and durable in smaller horse powers than piston compressors, but this is noticeable when getting into larger demands (i.e. 15 horsepower and more). Rotary screw air compressors are designed to run at 100% duty cycle, day in and day out. 2. Is lifetime cost important to you? While yes, a rotary screw compressor may have higher air compressor maintenance cost and/or initial capital cost, the lifetime expectancy is... Read more »

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6 Key Factors that Impact Where You Place Your Air Compressor

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6 Key Factors that Impact Where You Place Your Air Compressor

Your air compressor’s location in your facility is critical to how it performs. But do you know exactly what you need to consider when determining where your compressor should go? The location not only affects the compressor’s own functioning… it can affect your facility’s efficiency and your employees’ productivity, too! To help you find the perfect location for your unit, here are six key factors you need to consider before locking in its location. 1. Serviceability and Accessibility Your air compressor should always be accessible for servicing. A rule of thumb is to place your compressor somewhere that allows a... 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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Aire Insights – Artistic Finishes

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Aire Insights – Artistic Finishes

Artistic Finishes: Finding—and Fixing—a Pressure-Drop Problem Artistic Finishes creates custom floor moldings and accessories for professional builders and flooring companies. They depend on compressed air for all of their production and finishing lines. They called on Fluid-Aire Dynamics to help them correct 2 main problems: their header pipe configuration that was causing excessive pressure drop at the ends of their distribution lines; and their air dryer that kept getting clogged with debris from the air lines. Challenge: Excessive Pressure Drop and Equipment Shut-Downs Artistic Finishes has multiple automated spray booths, each with multiple airdrops to run conveyors, rollers, paint mixers... Read more »

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Aire Insights – Aurora Bearing

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Aire Insights – Aurora Bearing

Aurora Bearing Company: $4,500 Saved Through Leak Repair! Aurora Bearing Company had a large number of leaks in their compressed air system that added up to thousands of extra dollars on their energy bill. Fluid-Aire Dynamics fixed 150 leaks, resulting in a reduction of 64,660 kWh and energy savings of more than $4,500 annually. Thanks to an energy incentive program offered through ComEd, the cost to Aurora Bearing was $0. Challenge: Aging Pipes with Lots of Leaks Aurora Bearing produces precision rod end bearings and spherical bearings for the aerospace, military and industrial markets. Their plant in Montgomery, Illinois houses... Read more »

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Aire Insights – Bolke-Miller

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Aire Insights – Bolke-Miller

Bolke-Miller Company: Compressed Air They Can Count On For Bolke-Miller Company, reliable compressed air is a necessity. The Waukegan, Illinois-based company is a contract food re-packager for some of the biggest names in the industry—and downtime is not an option. When they opened their third facility in Waukegan in 2019, they came to Fluid-Aire Dynamics for a compressed air solution they could count on. Challenge: Reliable Compressed Air for Food Packaging Lines Bolke-Miller uses compressed air to power equipment throughout their food packaging lines, including conveyors and robotic arms for picking and packing individually wrapped items, closing and sealing boxes.... Read more »

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