In Europe, approximately ten percentage of the industries energy usage is used for creating compressed air. Although used for many different applications, compressed air and pneumatics are most often associated with cylinders, actuators and compressed air driven tools. Therefore, it is common to think this equipment consumes the most compressed air. But, this is not the whole truth.
Identify compressed air users
Only 20 percent of compressed air is used by actuators and about five percent is used by compressed air driven tools. 15 percent is lost due to leakage. The biggest use of compressed air, utilizing 50%, is blowing with compressed air. If you think about it it’s not so strange. A cylinder doesn’t use nearly as much compressed air as a blowing application.
Therefore, the key to optimize compressed air usage is to identify all blowing applications. They are not only the applications that use the most compressed air, they are also the applications with biggest saving possibilities. If the compressed air is used in the correct way, it is possible to lower the compressed air consumption by 35 percentages.
This does not only mean energy savings, but also cost savings. Read more about how much compressed air actually cost.
Optimize blowing with compressed air
One simple way to optimize the usage of compressed air is to install an air nozzle. This will not only optimize usage, it also makes it possible to use the surrounding air, halving the sound level and minimizing the risk of occupational accidents. This is possible thanks to a special blowing technique. Read more about how it is possible to save 35 percentage of the compressed air.