5 reasons to data log your compressed air system

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The efficiency of your compressed air system has never been more important. And we’re not just talking about for production purposes. Energy costs are continuing to rise every year. Alongside the increasing environmental responsibility for businesses.

Potential savings are no longer good enough. You need cold, hard data to prove that you will reduce the carbon footprint of your business, while returning money to your bottom line.

To get the most out of your compressed air system, data needs to be collected. This identifies inefficiencies and highlights adjustments to save money in the long run.

Data loggers collect and store information relating to a compressed air system’s pressure, temperature, dew point and flow rate. Carbon reduction is also monitored. Data loggers should be fitted for at least 7 days, so that the system can be accurately monitored.

While air compressors are rated by manufactures, it’s useful to know how this reflects on your complete functioning system.

The data recorded gets analysed to show whether any cost savings can be achieved. But how else can you use data loggers?

1. Establish a baseline

One of the most important steps of managing a compressed air system is to develop a baseline. This acts as a point of reference to make comparisons from.

The relevant units of measurement are:

  • kilowatts (kW), which is the raw amount of power being consumed
  • kilowatt hours (kWh), which is a standard unit for understanding energy consumption.

Understanding the kWh usage of your system is important as this is what energy companies base billing on. You’ll also want to establish how many kilowatts of power are required to for the compressed air necessary to power your operations.

If your system is not performing like the manufacturer’s specification, there is most likely a problem.

Minor deviations from your baseline may also help highlight opportunities for change. For example, during weekend reduced production.

2. Troubleshoot problems

Data loggers are useful for troubleshooting, particularly after a system problem has occurred. It is easy to review the data sets to determine what was happening at the exact time of the problem.

Want to read the other 3 reasons? Read the full blog over on our website: https://www.directair.co.uk/news/5-reasons-to-data-log-your-compressed-air-system/

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