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The electricity consumed by air compressors is a significant expense for any production facility. Effectively managing those costs can have a significant effect on bottom line profitability. The use of flow controllers and automation/sequencers will not only reduce the electricity consumed by the air compressors at your facilty, but it can also reduce total run time on the air compressors thus, reducing maintenance costs and providing redundancy.
Many production facilities operate at elevated pressures in order to satisfy periods of peak demand. This elevated pressure not only costs money in the form of electricity on the supply side, but it also increases the air consumption of leaks and unregulated points of use. When installed with properly sized control storage (air receivers), a flow controller will stabilize plant pressure, thus allowing demand (production) side pressure to be lowered without interrupting the process. The result is steady plant pressure and less compressed air usage which translates to electricity and maintenance savings as well as higher quality production due to stable delivery pressures. Zorn offers flow controllers from Quincy and ConservAIR.
Multiple machine installations can be problematic with regard to control of the system. Attempting to stage machines using only the local compressor controls often causes system pressure to vary greatly. Using a sequencer or, better yet, an intuitive PLC-based automation panel, will tighten up the pressure band between machine starts and run only the compressors needed to satisfy plant demand. The end result is lower energy costs on the supply side of the system and a more consistent air supply. Zorn offers sequencers from ConservAIR and both sequencers and PLC-based automation from Quincy.