Airometrix also provides comprehensive and targeted compressed air training. Both in-field and classroom based training sessions are available using a flexible curriculum to present material tailored to the attendees. All training courses are provided in a vendor-neutral environment and are designed to educate end-users on how to operate their plant with higher reliability and lower costs. To date, Airometrix has provided more than 80 trainings to more than 3,000 end-users.


Compressed Air System Seminar

Plant Air: The Final Frontier

Speaker: Scott Stroup, President, Airometrix Mfg., Inc.


This course was created to provide knowledge to end-users, owners, operators and maintainers of compressed air systems and its related equipment. The goal of the program is to give end-users the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions on the efficient use of their most expensive utility. Attendees will also be challenged to think through the decisions they make to determine the root cause of the problem and not just treat the symptoms.


Part One: Understanding the Basics
  1. Cost of generating compressed air: Why is air compression so inefficient?
    a. Direct electric vs. compressed air
    b. Where is the energy going
  2. Why some compressor designs are more efficient than others
    a. Positive displacement
    b. Dynamic machines
  3. Electric drive motor energy, motor demand (kW), and low power factor
    a. kWh vs. demand
    b. Power factor
    c. Examples
  4. Compressed air terminology: understanding delivery terminology
    a. Terminology (ICFM, ACFM, SCFM, FAD)
    b. Application and misapplication
Part Two: Controls, leaks, and testing
  1. True cost of a mismatch between compressor selection and air consumption
  2. Effects of operating rotary compressors on part load for extended periods of time
  3. Multi-compressor sequencing
    a. PLC controls
    b. Which unit to baseload?
  4. Air leaks - big bucks down the drain
    a. Sources of leaks
    b. Cost of leaks
  5. System testing
    a. Quantifying air delivery and compressor performance
    b. Quantifying air leaks
    c. Quantifying plant consumption
    d. Troubleshooting
    e. Baseline your system and work to improve
    f. Verification of savings
  6. Compressor controls
    a. Inlet throttle
    b. Turn valve
    c. Load/unload
    d. VSD
  7. Centrifugal compressor
    a. Theory and operation
    b. Inlet guide vanes
    c. Performance testing
    d. Operations and maintenance
  8. Effects of elevation on compressor performance
Part Three: Looking on down the pipe …
  1. Importance and relationship of aftercooler, and dryers
    a. How dry does your air need to be?
    b. Refrigerated dryer
    c. Desiccant dryer
    d. Special considerations
  2. Rationale and economics of desiccant dryers on a year-round basis
  3. Effects of undersized piping, high air velocities, and pressure drop
  4. Drain traps and moisture removal techniques
  5. Air receivers
  6. Determining the proper air pressure for your plant
  7. Specialized equipment
Part Four: Application alternates and how to get projects approved
  1. Alternates to common air applications
    a. Electro-mechanical
    b. Hydraulic
    c. Low pressure blowers
    d. Air amplification
    e. Cooling
  2. Identifying system deficiencies and problems in your own plant
    a. Compressed air system audit
    b. Leak quantification and detection
    c. Misapplication of air
    d. Finding the root cause of the problem
  3. How to market a more efficient compressed air system to your boss

Reference data and copies of all the materials presented will also be supplied.