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COMPRESSED AIR LEAK DETECTION

 

Many companies use compressed air as an energy carrier. Although the tariffs for compressed air are a multiple of the rates for water and electricity, the costs of compressed air in a company are often underestimated.

The costs of compressed air production can be broken down as follows: 75% for energy, 13% for investment and 12% for maintenance.

If we look at it in a different way, we can say that no less than 10% of the total electricity bill goes to the production of compressed air and that unfortunately 20% of this costly energy is lost. So a great deal of money simply vanishes into the air.

 

 

 

The problem

Many companies are suffering from compressed air leaks without being aware of it.

Since compressed air leaks can guzzle 30% to 40% of total consumption, they cost a company a lot of money.

An example of the costs of this unnecessary energy consumption: A leak of 1 mm at 6 bar already costs €144 per year, and at 12 bar that becomes €480 annually.

Only 20% of all leaks are audible to humans. After all, leaks produce ultrasonic sound, which is sound with a frequency higher than 20 kHz. The human ear only has a hearing range between 15 Hz and 20 kHz.

It is therefore strongly recommended that you call in an expert, to increase productivity and reduce production costs.

The solution

Detecting compressed air leaks results in savings of 30% to 40% in most cases. Detection is based on measurement of the noise produced by a leak. In most cases, the machine or installation does not have to be shut down because of background noises. The sensors are very sensitive in terms of decibels, but they are targeting a specific frequency range (38-42 kHz).

Compressed air leak detectors convert the ultrasonic signals into audible frequencies.

By using a parabolic sensor, leaks at a great height (up to 50 m) can also be detected.

Uptimise not only detects the compressed air leaks, but also repairs them. Our experience has taught us that the investment in the measurement and repair is recouped within a few months up to a maximum of one year. Furthermore, it will continue to pay off. After all, the savings will last longer than a year.

It is strongly recommended that you have your compressed air installation inspected periodically. The benefits are obvious. Not only is your energy bill greatly reduced, but a properly maintained machine or installation also lasts longer and has a higher capacity.

We can therefore conclude that reducing compressed air costs is undoubtedly profitable and often leads to large savings with short payback times.