Everyone wants to save money. But when it comes to a compressed air system, what’s the best way to do it? I recommend looking for inspiration in a nice, big piece of pie.
Compressed air system costs can be broken down into three basic (and broad) categories: equipment purchase price, maintenance, and electricity. Here’s an example from The Compressed Air Challengeto illustrate the cost breakdown for these three categories over the ten year life of a system:
These costs are for a 500 hp compressor, running 3 shifts, 7 days a week, with electricity costs at $0.05/kWh.
You can tackle where to focus your energy optimization efforts like you would eat a pie—go for the biggest piece.
Many people make the mistake of nibbling away at the lifecycle costs pie by slicing and dicing the maintenance costs. This doesn’t work for two reasons—first of all, in the grand scheme of things, maintenance costs are really just a small bite. Cutting those costs won’t have a major impact on the lifecycle cost of the system. Secondly, preventive maintenance is key to ensuring your equipment is running as efficiently as possible and it prevents unscheduled downtime and improves the longevity of the equipment itself. This is not the area you want to try and save a few bucks—it will end up costing you down the road.
Equipment selection is also not a place to try and squeeze out some savings. You might pay up front for quality, but chances are, it will last longer and also run more efficiently, saving you money years down the road.
If you want to make a lasting impact on your bottom line, grab your knife and fork, pull on up to the table and dig in to the energy slice of the pie. There are any number of ways to improve energy efficiency, such as:
- Fixing leaks,
- Examining control strategies,
- Replacing manual and timed condensate drains with demand drains.
If you aren’t sure where to start, consider doing a compressed air assessment.
A good assessment from a reliable provider can help identify areas for optimization and outline steps for achieving the efficiency gains. Keep in mind that quite often assessment findings make it possible to lower the system operating pressure, which means lower energy costs, less wear and tear on components, and lower maintenance bills.
So when it comes to cutting costs for your compressed air system, don’t be shy—go for the biggest slice—and do it with gusto. The improved uptime and reliability you’ll enjoy as a result from optimizing your system will be the whipped cream on top of your deliciously efficient piece of pie.
By: Wayne Perry
Press Release, March 26, 2015
CASCO USA honoured with Industry Supplier of the Year in the Northeast Oil & Gas Awards
The Oil & Gas Awards announced this year’s annual Northeast Oil & Gas Awards recipients in recognition of those companies who excel in the key areas of Health & Safety, Operational Excellence, Innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Stewardship.
CASCO USA attended the 3rd Annual Northeast Oil & Gas Awards and received the Industry Supplier of the Year on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The annual Northeast gala ceremony was held at the The Westin Convention Center – Pittsburgh, 1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222, where hundreds of oil and gas executives gathered together to celebrate Operational Excellence, innovations in technology, CSR, Health & Safety and Environmental Stewardship.
The Industry Supplier of the Year Award recognizes suppliers of materials and equipment to the oil and gas industry. Companies who have demonstrated reliability, gone the extra mile to provide the oil and gas sector with impressive customer service and can show details of their CSR initiatives are rewarded. CASCO USA scored highest in the category with such remarks from the judges as:
“Great supplier in the Northeast region, offering seminar education sessions and a tailored approach to the provision of compressed air systems.”
“Leading equipment supplier with audited bespoke solutions. Extremely comprehensive submission, with strong supporting documentation.”
About the Oil & Gas Awards
The Oil & Gas Awards recognize the outstanding achievements made within the upstream and midstream sectors of the North American oil and gas industry. The Awards are a platform for the industry to demonstrate and celebrate the advances made in the key areas of environment, efficiency, innovation, corporate social responsibility and health and safety. The Awards show the industry’s motivation to develop by recognizing and rewarding the efforts of corporations and individuals. For more information about the Oil & Gas Awards, all regional awards and award categories can be reviewed on their website at www.oilandgasawards.com.
CASCO USA has been named a Northeast Region Supplier of the Year Finalist by the Oil and Gas Awards!
This honor is in recognition of our quality products and services provided to the oil and gas industry, including:
- KAESER Service and Instrument Air Compressor Systems
- Yamada Air-Operated Diaphragm Pumps
- Weir High Pressure Pumps
- Goodyear Hydraulic and Industrial Hoses and Assemblies
- Sauer Medium and High Pressure Compressed Air Systems
- Custom Engineered and Fabricated Packaged Systems
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AEP Has committed to our upcoming seminars as well, and will be on hand to discuss energy rebate opportunities with our customers in AEP’s service area.
Find more information on the upcoming seminars here.
Two new seminar dates have just been added.
- Wednesday May 28th in Cleveland, Ohio
- Thursday May 29th in Pittsburgh, PA
This is a great opportunity to gain some insight on solving compressed air issues while also saving energy.
Representatives will also be on hand from Sodexo and CLEAResult (rebate program administrators for FirstEnergy) to discuss opportunities for energy rebates for your facility!
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