maintenance white paper

3-Step Maintenance Control for Compressed Air Piping Systems

PDF - 12 pages - 2019 - English

Introduction or excerpt from the white paper

Compressed air represents about 10% of the total electricity consumption in the industry. A properly planned, optimized compressed air system will be effective and will limit compressed air production and distribution costs. In order to maintain the safety and performance of the piping system, and pneumatic tools and equipment, a routine maintenance control must be done regularly by the compressed air manager.

“Most facilities can easily save 10-20% of their compressed air energy costs through routine maintenance such as the fixing of air leaks, lowering air pressure, and replacing clogged filters.” – Natural Resources Canada, 2015

Why is it important to perform a maintenance check on the compressed air system?

  • To maintain the efficiency, performance and safety of the compressed air system, and of the pneumatic tools and equipment
  • To limit the costs associated with the production and distribution of compressed air (the fixing of air leaks)
  • To stay energy efficient over the years

Useful Tip

Take care and service all compressed air system equipment in accordance with the manufacturers’ specifications. In order to make sure that your compressed air system is energy efficient, do not hesitate to perform checks more frequently than what is initially recommended.

Optimization Guide for the Maintenance Manager

To help you optimize your compressed air installation and, thus, improve the energy efficiency and performance of your pneumatic tools and equipment, here is a 3-step maintenance control. Easily identify the product groups associated with each step of the inspection. Use the “Air Leak Report” guide available in the appendix of this white paper to identify the sources of pressure loss.

Step 1: Between the point of application and the piping system

  • Air preparation, hoses and couplers
  • Compressed air tools
  • Fluid power

Step 2: Main piping system

  • Compressed air piping systems

Step 3: Air exiting the compressor

  • Compressed air treatment

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