Using Flow Meters to Improve Plant Efficiency

With commercial compressed air systems costing up to $200 per CFM per year, it’s worth taking a look at saving energy through proper design and sizing, as well as addressing leaks and inappropriate uses. Air Best Practices provides a great overview of how to use inexpensive flow meters to improve energy efficiency in your company’s compressed air system. The article quotes Jeff Wright of Compressor Energy Services in Merrimack, who has used flow meters to determine that up to 2/3 of all compressed air his clients generate goes to nonproductive uses. Wright says the meters can also be used to properly size compressed air systems, which can yield large energy savings.

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