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Saving Electricity by Intelligent Control of Compressed Air System : Week 6/18/2013

In our last article, we discussed about ‘Life beyond Air-Audit’. This article showcased how the findings of Air Audits can be used in practice to improve the operations, reduce the energy consumption & increase profitability. In this article, we will discuss more about Air Sequence Control and subsequently would also discuss some more interesting ideas for better compressed air management to improve the operations, reduce the energy consumption & increase profitability

Intelligent control of compressed air system

With today’s technology it is possible to have a good intelligent compressor control unit to efficiently and economically manage the compressed air system. This control unit can pro-actively and dynamically determine the compressor’s use for the required system load and can keep the compressed air system operating in a narrow band. It can also be setup to automatically change the compressor sequence based on a settable order, day and time.

What can you get with such Intelligent Control

 

  • Touch screen HMI display
  • Pressure schedule specification
  • Target pressure setting
  • Pressure band setting
  • Individual compressor priority selection
  • History & trending display
  • Web based control features
  • Configuration and information menus
  • Continuous system pressure display
  • Full range diagnostics
  • Maximum system pressure safety setting
  • Individual compressor information
  • System response tuning
  • Pressure sensor calibration
  • Power failure auto restart
  • Security feature
  • Auto default to local control
  • Day and time clock

Benefits of Intelligent Control

  • It would be possible to connect to any type of Rotary/ Reciprocating compressor & these controls could be expandable up to 12 compressor
  • One can match compressed air supply to compressed air demand - dynamically
  • It is possible to utilize the most energy efficient combination of compressors to satisfy that demand
  • We can save energy costs by improving the efficiency of our compressed air system
  • It is possible to schedule preventive maintenance actions, thereby avoidance of costly breakdowns
  • One can control supply-side air pressure to a narrow band
  • It can integrate and manage the operation of up to 12 compressors
  • It is possible to achieve even run-time distribution of equivalent-size compressors
  • We can minimize final system pressure fluctuations, thus improving plant production

In our next article, we will discuss more about some more interesting ideas for better compressed air management to improve the operations, reduce the energy consumption & increase profitability