With energy costs skyrocketing the importance of implementing a leak detection and repair program for your compressed-air system becomes readily apparent. Especially once you consider that compressed air on average is about 10% of your electricity bill. Add a leak or several air leaks and your electricity bill can go through the ceiling.
Compressed air leakage is the major contributor of energy loss in compressed air systems. A typical plant may lose up to 30% of its compressed air through poorly maintained pipe joints, fittings, couplings and equipment.
Since air leaks often get progressively worse over time it is entirely possible that you have not correlated your rising electricity bill to a compressed air leak(s). In fact, you might have blamed your service provider erroneously.
While actively listening for air leaks is your first line of defense, this method has a small degree of effectiveness. The human ear has limitations, especially in a noisy environment. It is generally accepted that leaks up to 6 scfm can go undetected by the human ear.
Our technicians use state-of-the-art ultrasonic leak detectors. These detectors transform leak sounds so that leaks that were previously undetectable are clearly audible. Once we find the leaks we will record, tag, and quantify them for you.
Where to do we typically find leaks?
- Aging pipework (corroded joints and take off points)
- Flange connectors (gaskets and pipe dope that need replacing)
- Fittings (worked loose)
- Flexible hoses (cuts and splits due to wear and tear)
- Couplings (damaged seals)
- Drain valves
- Pneumatic components including tools, valves and actuators.
If we find any leaks during our survey we recommend that you repair them quickly. The cost of letting us repair the leak(s) is almost always far less expensive than allowing the leak to continue. Let our factory trained technicians do a professional job and save you money.
ACF Inc. is a company that supplies reliable Air and Gen systems to maximize your profitability. We do this through a total solutions approach and by developing solid customer relationships. Let us help you keep your business running. Call us today @ 866-308-7133 to find out how we can serve you.
Bill Hogan, Marketing & Technology