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Rationalise your compressed air processes and reap the benefits

Do you use compressed air anywhere in your business? If you work in industry, the answer is most probably yes. Around 70% of industrial companies in Europe use compressed air in some part of their operation. That’s so much, that roughly 10% of all industrial electricity is used just to generate compressed air. In Europe alone. But this is a figure that can be reduced…

With so many users of compressed air, many could gain by overhauling their systems and their usage – whether the compressed air is used to blow clean, inflate, cool, move, lift or generate any other kind of movement.

The production of compressed air is an extremely inefficient process. In fact, as little as 5–6% of the ingoing energy actually results in usable compressed air. It’s quite simply one of the most expensive and energy-consuming systems used by man. Moreover, up to half of all compressed air production is unnecessary, since it never gets used. It normally disappears due to unnecessarily high pressure, incorrect use or leakage. Waste like this costs money.

Producing one cubic metre of compressed air per minute per year costs almost NOK 100,000. This means that one tiny leak 1 mm in diameter risks costing a company around NOK 7,000 a year.

Generally speaking, there is a lot to gain by continually checking your systems and how they are used, to ensure they are not leaking and the pressure is no higher than necessary. But you will also benefit by being aware that the way you use your compressed air also has an impact on your finances and the environment. Do you know where and how much compressed air you use, how your systems work and how this affects your bottom line and carbon footprint?

Having a well-lubricated system with no leaks or unnecessarily high pressure is a simple way to save energy – which in turn reduces costs and carbon dioxide emissions. Many companies use a mineral oil-based compressor oil out of habit, and are not aware of the benefits of upgrading to a synthetic oil. These include a longer life and therefore longer intervals between oil changes. Benefits like this help to reduce costs for maintenance work and lubricant purchases.

You can read more about our special lubricants here, specially designed to meet the high safety demands of the food industry, for instance. And of course you are always welcome to contact us.

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