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Best of the Worst: A look at common mistakes in compressed air systems

What were they thinking!? This webinar will look into common mistakes compressed air users make and how a few simple steps could prevent downtime, costly maintenance repairs, or even having to replace your compressed air system.

Date: June 6, 2019
Time: 2 PM EDT (11 AM PDT / 8:00 PM CEST)
Duration: 1 hour
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Compressed air experts Neil Mehltretter, Grayson Atkinson, and Tom Butchers will review some common "fixes" that compressed air users make that often end up causing bigger headaches. Between these three, they have seen it all, from a compressed air system buried in powder to oil thicker than molasses due to improper maintenance, and multiple mistakes in between.

The webinar will look at how short cuts in maintenance and electrical supply can cause future problems. The webinar will also cover how overlooking the compressor room environment-including temperature, other equipment, and accessibility-as well as improperly sized and installed ventilation can impact your system in unexpected ways. This presentation also covers oversized compressed air systems and how the lack of proper controls can severely impact your system's reliability.

The webinar will offer real world examples and demonstrate how saving a few dollars and making a few shortcuts upfront can end up causing expensive equipment failures and downtime. Your compressed air system is vital for plant production. Use this webinar to learn from the mistakes of others to help you improve your system's reliability and efficiency.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand how proper maintenance can impact performance
  • Understand the importance of proper electrical supply
  • Learn best practices for compressor room design and combatting ambient conditions
  • Find out the impact of oversizing compressors
  • Know how proper controls can impact compressor efficiency


Grayson Atkinson, System Design Supervisor, Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

Grayson Atkinson has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University. As Kaeser's System Design Supervisor, Grayson analyzes compressed air assessment results to find areas for cost reduction and system optimization. Additionally, Grayson is responsible for reviewing in-house system drawings and designing systems that follow best practices to meet a wide range of demanding applications and installation challenges. Grayson completed the DOE Compressed Air Challenge I and II and is a Master Certified System Specialist through Kaeser's Factory Training Program.

Tom Butchers, Technical Service Representative, Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

Tom Butchers serves as a Technical Service Representative for Kaeser Compressors, Inc. providing installation and service support to field service personnel. With over 23 years in electrical and field engineering support, Tom has provided technical support expertise for a wide range of industries including semiconductor tooling and static and rotary uninterruptible powers supplies, frequency converters, and synchronous generators in the power quality field. He has also served as a data center facilities technician supporting CRAC systems, chillers, UPS systems and emergency diesel generators before joining Kaeser Compressors in 2015.

Tom holds a Journeyman Electrical License from the Commonwealth of Virginia and in 2008 completed an inside wireman apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). He is also a 10 year veteran of the US Navy, where he served as an Electronics Technician aboard submarines.

Neil Mehltretter, Engineering Manager, Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

As Engineering Manager, Neil Mehltretter is a key player in Kaeser's Technical Department with responsibilities including product management, system design, and more. An authority on compressed air assessments, Neil has conducted and supervised thousands of industrial compressed air studies, helping users achieve significant energy savings and operational improvements. He has authored several nationally published articles on compressed air system optimization and is a frequent presenter on energy efficient system design. In addition to his Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Florida, Neil is AIRMaster+ certified, has completed the DOE Compressed Air Challenge I and II, is a Certified Energy Manager (CEMĀ®), and is a Master Certified System Specialist through Kaeser's Factory Training Program.