Evolution of compressed air management

It is easy to assume that not much has changed in the world of compressed air systems, but product innovations and compressed air users’ new level of awareness about energy efficiencies are driving change continuously.

Equipment design innovations

Compressors continue to improve in performance as modern designs take advantage of newer materials and manufacturing procedures. Specifiers of air compressors and dryers compare equipment and choose the best units for the specific applications in terms of efficiency and performance. The energy characteristics of equipment combined with the variety and range of sizes enables your solution to be tailored specifically to your precise needs. Many customers are also now more aware of the lifecycle costs associated with compressed air, so are more keen to trade initial costs against the running cost to help them with their equipment choices.

Continuous system monitoring

It was often the case that very little compressed air energy and flow data was collected from compressor rooms. However, now one of the first steps we take at Cambs Compressors is to accurately log the usage, leakage and operational efficiency of the compressed air system. Often fitting out customer systems with modern electronic sensors that measure all manner of key performance indicators. It also means companies can now calculate how a given piece of equipment will actually affect their system, so they want data gathered to feed the simulation of various equipment conditions and this enables them to make the most informed choice.

Compressor control

Immediate and significant energy savings can be had with a little attention to how air compressors are controlled. Cambs Compressors are focused on developing awareness to help industrial users realise the high cost of compressed air and figure out what to do about it in their organisations. One solution is to use artificial intelligence to better control compressed air systems with smart combinations or different sizes of compressors. Having a selection of smaller units operating more efficiently can be better than having just one big unit.

Demand-side reduction

Energy can be saved by more efficiently producing and conditioning the compressed air on the supply side, but often the biggest savings will come from reducing compressed-air demand. Users need to be aware of how much compressed air they are wasting, this means looking beyond air leaks and wasteful uses. Equipment manufacturers are now starting to develop excellent solutions to help reduce compressed air consumption.

Compressed air system and air quality auditing

The development of the compressed air auditing and assessment has become a specialist area within the sector. Cambs Compressors offer unbiased advice and analysis of your infrastructure, air quality and energy usage. The compressed air industry is changing in a good way. We’ll help you keep an eye on new developments to avoid getting left behind!


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