Without a doubt, the most direct route to a more efficient compressed air system is to look beyond your air compressor, focus in on your air pipe distribution system, and assess whether it is designed appropriately for your application. The more efficient your compressed air pipe system design, the more efficient your compressed air system.
So, what’s a properly designed and efficient compressed air pipe system design? There are a few principles at play, but it all comes down to utilizing a larger diameter air pipe, reducing T-fittings, and leveraging a looped, or parallel air pipe system design.
Why are we urging compressed air system managers/owners to first look beyond the air compressor at their air pipe distribution system? Unfortunately, most of the applications that our compressed air system auditors come across in the field exhibit an air compressor struggling to meet the demands of production, not because it is undersized, but because of problems found within the air pipe distribution system itself. These costly scenarios could easily be prevented by looking at the air compressor as one piece of the puzzle, and adopting what’s called a ‘total system approach’ to compressed air distribution system design.