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feature | compressed-air systems
Cut
Ed Duda & Mike Kusch
Motion
Compressed
Air GHG
Emissions
This roadmap helps you cut air-system waste, implement
monitoring systems, and improve overall performance.
SUSTAINABILITY HAS BECOME
dominantly relevant in the industrial
revolution and manufacturers are supporting
the overall impact of environmental and
social responsibility. Environmental, social,
and governance (ESG) policies are sweeping
through every organization because
stakeholders require more than profi tability.
In today's culture, creating a dynamic vision
and embracing environmental and social
impact on a daily basis are essential.
Compressed-air systems continue to be
one of the highest industrial utility expenses,
while being one of the most neglected, from
a maintenance perspective. Th ese systems
provide signifi cant opportunities to achieve
gains in effi ciency and ongoing sustainability.
Identifying the waste and developing
projects to decrease or eliminate it are
crucial initial steps for GHG reduction.
Once the waste has been addressed, the
necessary next step is installing a monitoring
system to ensure the demand is maintained
moving forward.
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ESG ROADMAP
Developing an ESG roadmap for
compressed-air systems can be achieved
in four steps:
1. Engage a qualifi ed partner to support
achieving ESG goals.
In the past twenty years, proper monitoring
has been le┼┐t out of compressed-air
projects. Less than 5% of customers properly
monitor their systems. Some even reach
the point of mistreating them. Without the
required real-time data for key operating
variables, this leaves customers susceptible
to many issues. Operating a compressed-air
system without a comprehensive monitoring
system is the equivalent of running your car
without any modern advancements in GHG
emissions, sensors, or gauges. Inevitably, the
vehicle will operate ineffi ciently, run out of
gas, overheat, or worse. Developing a relationship
with a strong partner will help you
identify where waste occurs in the system,
how to overcome the waste, and how to
monitor and maintain ESG commitments.
Above. Identifying waste and decreasing/eliminating
it are crucial initial steps for greenhouse
gas reduction in compressed-air systems. Install
a monitoring system to ensure system improvements
are maintained moving forward.
Right. By addressing mechanical issues in a
200-hp compressor, a facility experienced a
signifi cant increase in overall system effi ciency.
Image courtesy of Motion
2. Understand where supply- and
demand-side waste exists.
Compressed-air systems are divided by
supply and demand. Th e supply consists of
the equipment required to generate and treat
the air, while the demand comprises various
end users. According to a recent Department
of Energy (DOE) survey, 10% of all
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