Leaks can be found in most industrial systems, and some leak more than others. In fact, in a typical industrial plant, leaks can waste up to 50% of the compressed air produced by the compressor if it is not well maintained. You may easily spot leaks in your energy bill, however, trying to identify their location within your system will prove to be far trickier.
In a compressed air system, leaks can occur anywhere from the compressor to the points of use. Two of the most common areas for leaks to occur is within the compressed air line and fittings.An air line over five years old is likely to have leaks that account for up to 30% of compressed air usage.
Reducing leaks can improve energy efficiencies and by implementing a detection and repair program you can reduce leaks to below 10% of output. Your compressor system – and your energy bill – will thank you.
Any connections, hoses and fittings that are sized incorrectly can also lead to compressed air loss. Make sure your components are compatible to save you air and money.Not only do leaks waste energy but they can also contribute to other operational losses. Leaks can cause a drop in system pressure, which makes air tools less efficient and negatively affects production. Increased running time can also lead to additional maintenance requirements and a rise in unscheduled downtime.