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How to Improve Energy Efficiency in a Compressed Air System

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that half of all compressed air is wasted. While compressed air is necessary for industrial manufacturing processes, it is costly to produce. Attendees of this presentation will discover immediate and long-term strategies for improving compressed air efficiency based on leak detection, compressed air audits, and heat recovery.

Date: September 2, 2015
Time: 2 PM EDT (11 AM PDT)
Duration: 1 hour
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Compressed air is vital for industrial manufacturing processes and is quite often referred to as the fourth utility. At the same time, it is a very heavy energy consumer. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that half of all compressed air is wasted due to leaks, artificial demand, and inappropriate uses. This presentation covers key strategies for improving energy efficiency in compressed air systems. It covers ways of providing immediate, medium-term, and ongoing savings opportunities. Attendees will learn the benefits of adding a leak detection strategy to their plant; understand the key elements of a worthwhile compressed air audit; and discover how to turn their compressors into an energy source.

Key Take-Aways

  • Learn the advantages and disadvantages of piping materials
  • Understand the three methods of leak detection and the differences between them
  • Know what to look for in a competent compressed air auditor
  • Learn how to read an audit chart
  • Discover the basic ways heat recovery can be integrated into a plant


Michael Camber, Marketing Services Manager, Kaeser Compressors

A nationally recognized authority on the subject of compressed air, Michael Camber is Kaeser's Marketing Services Manager. He is KFaCT Master Certified, and has completed the U.S. Department of Energy's Compressed Air Challenge Level I and II training.

Neil Mehltretter, System Design Manager, Kaeser Compressors

Neil Mehltretter oversees Kaeser's System Design and Engineering group, which has conducted thousands of industrial compressed air studies and has helped users achieve significant energy savings and operational improvements. He is AIRMaster+ certified, has completed the Compressed Air Challenge curriculum, and is a Master Certified System Specialist through Kaeser's Factory Training Program.

Werner Rauer, Product Manager, Screw Compressors, Kaeser Compressors

Werner Rauer is Kaeser's Product Manager for rotary screw compressors. A 29-year Kaeser veteran, Rauer currently serves as the Chairman of the CAGI Rotary Positive Engineering Committee.