There are currently two ways to go about inspecting a facility’s compressed air system, according to airenergy.com.au. The first way, a simple compressed air system assessment, can provide improvements and insights on the efficiency and function of the facility. The second way is a comprehensive air system audit, which will attempt to delve into root causes that can interfere with compressed air quality and pressure.
Which, however, would be best to use on your facility?
Compressed Air System Assessment
A standard assessment of the compressed air system is the first phase of a facility analysis. A compressed air expert will utilise readily available statistics from the monitoring department along with partial measurements to determine areas for improvement. It can expose many hidden problems including system instability, leaks, potentially inappropriate compressed air uses, capacity control problems and maintenance issues.
This basic stage of analysis can help considerably decrease maintenance and energy costs, as well as instances of unscheduled downtime. Given that this assessment neither consists of an action plan to resolve problems nor does it cost much, it is an ideal starting point for various analysis procedures.
Compressed Air System Audit
A compressed air system audit probes deeper as compared to a standard assessment. Therefore, only highly experienced compressed air auditing professionals can perform the audit. Instead of simply checking the entire system, it delves further into system specifics. This includes identifying system problems, setting customer objectives, using measurement and data logging to establish a baseline and searching for solutions that align the demand side with the supply side for efficiency, reliability and optimal performance.
Which Is Right for You?
When the compressed air in your facility is the lifeblood of your business, it is important that you take care of your compressors to prevent it from breaking down at the height of production. Regardless of whether you go with a simple assessment or pull out all the stops with an audit, it is always a good idea to keep an eye on your system. Preventive maintenance reduces the likelihood of poor air quality, pressure drops and leaks.