Compressed air motors are widely used in industrial applications and for a variety of tasks. They offer various advantages, such as: flexibility of implementation, reliability, easy to transport, store and maintain. Moreover, a compressed air motor is an excellent alternative to electric motors in terms of lower cost. However, compressed air systems can be expensive if not managed properly, which is why users need to be careful concerning quality and reducing their production cost.
Designing Your Compressed Air System
A compressed air motor is a critical part of the whole system. For the whole system to work properly and be cost effective, a compressed air motor needs to be of good design that can meet the special needs of your applications. There are six basic elements that must be evaluated and implemented into final layout considerations to provide you with the maximum efficiency and optimum results. They include:
- Compressed air quality
All these elements must work together so the system can reach optimal performance levels.
What Is Your Compressed Air Demand?
Although determining the real demand on your compressed air circuit can be difficult, it is a vital first step. The fact is, air demand usually fluctuates significantly but, if actual flow demand is determined at certain time period, distribution and storage system can be designed to suit demand without installing additional compressed air motor.
The best method of creating demand over time in an existing circuit, is to monitor the air flow with the help of a flow meter. Flow meters can be installed at diverse points in the system, but are often installed in the main headers. You can then evaluate the recorded data (air pressure and flow) to determine the flow pattern.
Improving the Energy Efficiency
- List all your air applications and their design, CFM, and pressure. Once you determine this, you can then calculate the power consumption before making any alterations in the circuit. You can use a KWH meter to accomplish this procedure.
- Determine and keep track of leaks. Leaks are simple to find because they are audible without the use of any special instrument.
- Repair any leak that was found. You should start with the largest air leaks and then move on the smaller ones.
- You should also analyze if a compressed air system is the best energy source to apply to your business operations.