Reduce air compressor energy consumption and maintenance costs by purifying oil

Overview:

Compressed air is often referred to as the "fourth utility" and, like electricity, water and natural gas, is vital to most manufacturing facilities.

An ultra-fine particle filtration and ion-exchange acid adsorption system was installed on a rotary-screw air compressor at a large carpet-manufacturing plant. Data on fluid condition, pressure drop through the separator and maintenance labor was collected over a 2-1/2-year period. Compressor fluid life was extended by more than three times, separator life was extended by more than two and a half times, and energy consumption was reduced an estimated 3%. Total O&M savings from reduced fluid and separator usage, energy consumption, and maintenance labor exceeded $2,200 per year, yielding a 125% ROI and a payback of less than 10 months.

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