Kaishan USA | March 27, 2020 | Uncategorized
Choosing the right air compressor is a decision that can have a significant long-term impact on your energy costs. Why? Compressed air generation accounts for as much as 30% of a facility’s annual electric bill.
However, the air compressor cost is a relatively small percentage of an equipment’s lifetime cost. In general, about 75% of an air compressor’s lifetime cost will go towards powering it, with the remainder typically split between the upfront equipment cost and maintenance and repairs.
You can manage the cost of generating compressed air by using several best practices. The first step is knowing how to calculate cost of compressed air, and using that information to set benchmarks and reduce energy expenditures.
In most manufacturing facilities, compressed air is necessary for most of the processes and operations, just like electricity and water. Compressed air is used for cleaning, powering pneumatic tools and processes, operating cleanrooms, cooling, and more. Without compressed air, a manufacturing facility would be rendered virtually inoperable. When you consider this reality, the need to efficiently manage the costs of generating that air makes more sense.
Let us first look at how to calculate the cost of compressed air, and then we will share some tips for reducing those costs.
You will need a few figures and specifications in order to make your calculations. These are:
With these figures in hand, carry out the following operations:
As you will see, multiplying this cost over the lifespan of a compressor, which can be as much as 20 years, accounts for a significant expenditure.
The following methods can help you lower your compressed air electricity costs:
Optimize operation time — Air compressors are almost always in operation longer than they are needed. Track operation time and determine areas of inefficiency that can be reduced.
Invest in more efficient equipment — Air compressors operate at different levels of efficiency, and more efficient equipment can sometimes require a greater initial investment. By doing the above math — even in a general way — you can quickly determine whether this investment will be worth it when considering operation costs.
Conduct proper maintenance — Proper maintenance, including regular filter replacement, cleaning, proper shutdown and other practices, can improve a compressor’s operation and efficiency, saving you money in the long run.
Kaishan Compressor USA offers a wide range of air compressors at different efficiency ratings. We are ready to discuss your requirements and help you select the right machine for you. For more information, contact us today.
Choosing the right air compressor is a decision that can have a significant long-term
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