“What happens to their production output when there is no compressed air?”
As maintenance and reliability practitioners, and condition monitoring technicians, our goal is to help our organizations achieve their operational objectives by improving equipment reliability and maximizing the effectiveness of an asset’s useful life.
Yes, today that one air leak is not the culprit of downtime, but what is that leak costing your organization over the asset’s total life? No, not energy consumption… Asset life! If it is standard for an unmaintained compressed air system to lose 30-50% of its production to leaks, then that means 30-50% of that air compressor’s life is spent producing compressed air that will never be used.
LEAVING LEAKS UNREPAIRED DECREASES THE EFFECTIVE LIFECYCLE OUTPUT OF THE ENTIRE SYSTEM.
What is a compressed air system made up of? Air compressors, filters, air dryers and condensate systems. These systems work 24/7/365. Replacing them is a Capex project, requiring considerable mechanical retrofitting and undoubtably days downtime.
Is wasting 30% of that asset’s useful life acceptable?
At SDT Ultrasound Solutions we enable our customers to achieve their operational objectives by improving the reliability of their assets. Our success is measured by the long-term implementation of our products, solutions and philosophies, and the impact they have on our customers’ sustainability, efficiency, reliability, and safety.
Compressed air equipment is likely critical to your output, if a simple method such as compressed air leak management can increase the output of your plant and reduce your overall operating expenses in energy and maintenance, shouldn’t we assign a higher value here?
By Steven O’Leary & Tristan Rienstra, SDT Ultrasound Solutions