Pneu­matic en­ergy sav­ing so­lu­tions for ev­ery in­dus­try

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En­ergy sav­ing has be­come more than just a catch phrase. It is some­thing which ev­ery busi­ness needs to con­sider in terms of cost and pro­duc­tiv­ity. With the grow­ing en­ergy cri­sis and de­pleted nat­u­ral re­sources busi­nesses have had to find ways of sav­ing money and re­duc­ing en­ergy con­sump­tion while help­ing the en­vi­ron­ment at the same time.

How­ever, it is the sum to­tal of look­ing at an en­tire sys­tem which yields the best re­sults. Re­plac­ing one or two items in the sys­tem with en­ergy ef­fi­cient com­po­nents will make very lit­tle dif­fer­ence to the over­all con­sump­tion. It is es­ti­mated that a medium-sized busi­ness com­pany loses al­most 20 per­cent of en­ergy used.

Dur­ing the Ky­oto Cli­mate Change con­fer­ence which was held in Ja­pan two ob­jec­tives in terms of the re­duc­tion of en­ergy use and cost were iden­ti­fied: More ef­fi­cient use of direct oil and elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion. To con­trib­ute to the con­ser­va­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment with the re­duc­tion of CO2. Ac­cord­ing to re­cent re­search in Europe, there are cur­rently more than 320 000 pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties which use com­pressed air sys­tems. In to­tal the an­nual es­ti­mated con­sump­tion of elec­tric­ity in Euro­pean in­dus­try is 400TWh which is di­vided into three main cat­e­gories with re­gards to en­ergy: coolants – 30 per­cent, com­pressed air – 20 per­cent and oth­ers – 50 per­cent.

The re­quired elec­tric en­ergy re­quired to pro­duce com­pressed air for such fa­cil­i­ties con­sti­tutes al­most 20 per­cent of this to­tal in­dus­trial con­sump­tion.

POS­SI­BLE EN­ERGY SAV­INGS IN PNEUMATICS:

In an av­er­age fa­cil­ity, 70 per­cent of com­pressed air is used in blow­ing ap­pli­ca­tions, 10 per­cent in ac­tu­a­tion and the re­main­ing 20 per­cent is lost through leaks.

By fo­cus­ing specif­i­cally on th­ese sys­tems, one could eas­ily achieve en­ergy sav­ings of be­tween 5 – 50 per­cent.

The first step in con­serv­ing en­ergy would be to look at the re­duc­tion in air for blow­ing pro­cesses and de­tect­ing air leaks.

The sec­ond anal­y­sis re­veals that 20 per­cent to 50 per­cent of the air con­sump­tion mea­sured as leak­age is di­vided into 25 per­cent for con­nec­tors/ adapters, 20 per­cent for con­nec­tion, 30 per­cent for hos­ing and 25 per­cent for other types.

SMC will be pre­sent­ing a talk on En­ergy Sav­ing at the up­com­ing FoodTech Pack­Tech in Auck­land, New Zealand on Wed­nes­day 12 Oc­to­ber at 11:45 at the ASB Show­ground.

SMC Sales Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and En­gi­neers are able to as­sist cus­tomers in con­duct­ing full plant au­dits to as­sist with op­ti­miz­ing sys­tems for bet­ter en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity.

EN­ERGY SAV­ING TYPE 2 PORT SOLENOID VALVE VXE

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