Industry and the environment benefit from new air compressor technologies that enable energy efficiency, optimized performance and greater reliability

By: Rolf Paeper | Vice President, Product Management

Most industries use some form of air or gas compression to generate power to run equipment, tools and plant processes. It is an extremely convenient source of power, often referred to as the fourth utility. Yet, in many cases it is deployed inefficiently. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates 30 to 50 percent of compressed air power is lost during operation. Those losses can be a result of leaks, poor maintenance, bad system design, wasted heat and/or pressure losses.

Manufacturers are making strides to become more energy efficient, and energy standards are changing and becoming more challenging. Air compressor systems are vital to manufacturing industries, yet billions of dollars in the U.S. alone are wasted each year due to inefficient systems. It’s important that manufacturing facilities have compressed air systems that meet peak energy efficiency and performance targets. The article provides details about the Ingersoll Rand Next Generation R-Series line of compressors, which are helping businesses worldwide become more energy efficient.

This long-format article from Ingersoll Rand is written by a compressed air expert and specifically articulates the steps companies can take to make air generation more energy efficient and save resources. In addition, it extrapolates on what industry standards are in place and on the horizon.

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