How often are you having a compressed air leak survey?
Updated: Nov 15, 2022
AN AIR LEAK SURVEY IS ONE OF THE EASIEST WAYS TO SAVE ENERGY FROM YOUR COMPRESSED AIR SYSTEM
Compressed air system can be responsible for as much as 30% of a factory’s overall energy consumption. Wasting part of this energy through leaking compressed air pipework is simply throwing money away. Analysis your compressed air system is an excellent way to start the optimisation of your plant or manufacturing facility.
One of the simplest and most effective checks to make on your compressed air system is an air leak survey. Unfortunately, traditional galvanised steel compressed air pipework is prone to leaking after only a few years. From surveys, most older pipework systems leak on average 20% – 30% of produced compressed air, so it is clear potential savings are significant.
One of the most common causes of air leaks in older galvanised pipework is corrosion. This normally occurs in the threads at the joints. The corrosion causes the pipe to expand creating an air leak. However there are many other common causes of leaks in compressed air pipework. Faults include; faulty valves, leaks from mechanical damage (such as if a pipe gets knocked by a forklift truck), leaking hoses or nylon tubing, leaking quick release couplings or leaking connections to plant and machinery.
If you are thinking of having a compressed air leak survey please get in touch and a member of our team will be there to assist you.