Compressed air is often considered the "4th utility".  In unfavourable conditions, compressed air can be expensive but in the right circumstances it is incredibly economical and effective - especially if the air production, treatment and distribution components are perfectly matched with one another.

For many organizations, compressed air is often a relatively expensive energy source.  This means that, wherever possible, efforts should be undertaken to improve system efficiency and quality in order to reduce operational costs.

Experts have been arguing for years on the subject of the most efficient method of generating and treating compressed air.  At the heart of the matter lies the question: Which compressor system provides the most cost-effective way of producing oil-free compressed air?  Leaving aside the claims of individual manufacturers, there is no doubt that premium quality, oil-free compressed air can be achieved both with dry-running and fluid-cooled compressors.  Ideally therefore, the only factor to consider when selecting or evaluating an air system should be efficiency.

While capital cost on equipment is often the first consideration in any project, it is important to know the true cost of compressed air.  70% of the life cycle cost of your air system is the electricity used by the compressor to produce the pressurized air.  15% of the overall costs are attributed to the capital investment of the air compressor equipment and corresponding installation.  The remaining 15% consists of the routine operating cost for inspection, maintenance, repair, depreciation and insurance.

In understanding the above, it becomes readily apparent that choosing (and maintaining) the most energy efficient and effective compressor and compressed air treatment equipment will result in the greatest long term impact on your cost of compressed air.

Compressed air filtration and drying are also important parts of the air treatment process.  Condensation in the tank and air lines is a natural occurrence when compressing air and it must be removed from the air system in order to prevent corrosion and potential damage to system components and downstream equipment.    Moisture and contaminates in your compressed air system will result in the washing away of required lubrication, increased maintenance, sluggish pneumatic equipment, rust, instrumentation clogs, paint spotting, airline freeze-up and dramatically shortened tool / equipment life.  All of which can result in costly production downtime.

All of the above negative effects resulting from contaminated or moist compressed air will cost your facility money - therefore the following equation hold true: Poor Air = Repair Cost + Replacement Cost + Lost Production.

This should highlight the importance of careful selection of air compressors, dryers & filtration, proper maintenance of your equipment, and consulting experts when problems arise or making changes to your air system. 

Acme Concord Corp can definitely assist you with these critical items, not only through supplying high quality, efficient equipment and accessories, but also in the detailed analysis of your system (via various instruments and tools) as well as consulting with you - making recommendations for improving energy efficiency, effectiveness or reliability of your air system. 

Our staff has years of experience and education in the field of compressed air and we would be pleased to assist you in improving your use of the "4th Utility."

Please contact us to begin improving your air system and saving money! 

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