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Stop leaks, avoid energy waste

17 December 2019

Energy sustainability is a hot topic for companies looking to curb soaring costs as well as demonstrate their commitment to environmental best practice. Yet many may be wasting thousands of pounds a year on energy as a result of air or steam leaks. Oliver Pogmore, of AVT Reliability, explains how ultrasound technology can help avoid energy waste and increase operational efficiency.

For industries which use compressed air or steam in their processes – and that is the majority – the energy wasted as a result of leaks can be significant. 

Most leaks are small in nature, which makes them both difficult to detect and easy to overlook or, in some cases, simply to ignore. But when considered collectively over the course of a year they can cost companies tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of pounds. To ignore them is to ignore the potential for quick-win operational efficiencies, improved safety, extended equipment lifespan and long term cost savings.

Leaks can be caused by a range of problems typical to any plant, including pipework corrosion, vibration from unsupported pipework, or insufficiently tightened fixings. But the end result is the same. The compressor runs less efficiently, more pressure is placed on the motor running it, so more energy is needed to maintain continuous production. 

Read the full article in the January 2020 issue of DPA.

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