Helping compressed air users identify cost savings

Paul Boughton
Parker Hannifin has launched an innovative new software programme to help engineers determine the volume of wasted air due to leaks and pressure losses in compressed air networks. 

Designed to estimate the associated annual costs, the Parker Transair Energy Efficiency Calculator gives decision makers an early indication of the savings to be made by opting for a modern and correctly designed pipe network, such as the Transair system.
This modular pipework system is rapid to fit, ensuring a leak free mechanical connection without the need for crimping, gluing or welding, and offers maximum flexibility in use, as all components are interchangeable and completely reusable.

Available in both aluminium and stainless steel, the Transair pipework is extremely robust, compact and lightweight, and has been developed to ensure optimal air flow performance; this effectively increases operating efficiencies, reduces energy consumption and cuts maintenance costs.
Compressed air energy consumption accounts for a significant share of production costs in the manufacturing sector and can represent on average between 15 and 40 per cent of a company’s total energy costs when produced by even the most modern of compressors. However, despite this, compressed air is often the least controlled and maintained energy source in industry.
Designed in partnership with internationally renowned test houses, the new software is fully verified and can calculate the potential gains of a new build project using the principal system characteristics, such as pressure, power or throughput, number of annual service hours, type of dryer, length of the main circuit, open or closed circuit and the diameter of the main circuit. For refurbishment projects, the software takes into account leakage rates or the age of the network, combined with the cost of electricity per kWh.
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