A little bit of knowledge is said to be a dangerous thing, so the key to success is to get a lot of knowledge. Knowledge = Power when it comes to your compressed air system, or should we say it may lead to a “reduction in power.”
A very big driver in causing companies to start to improve their compressed air system — and to follow through with projects — is awareness. Compressor operators, maintainers and compressed air users in your company need to realize that compressed air is a very inefficient way to transmit energy to tools and machines, especially if the production equipment is not running right and levels of waste in a plant are high.
Learning why compressed air costs so much, and some of the efficiency and improvement measures that can be applied to reduce these costs is so valuable that it can literally save you thousands of dollars per year in operating costs. On top of that, it can improve your system pressure and air quality.
Two organizations offer world class training on the subject of compressed air. The Compressed Air and Gas Institute (www.cagi.org) offers an online training program to take you from zero to about 40 miles per hour in your compressed air system knowledge. To gain further insights, accelerating between 40 and 70 miles per hour, the Compressed Air Challenge (www.compressedairchallenge.org) offers their Fundamentals of Compressed Air systems seminar, a one day basic awareness course on compressed air system efficiency. And to get you up to take-off speed, CAC’s Advanced Management of Compressed Air Systems two-day seminar is offered for those who want to dig into the details.
A training calendar is here: https://www.compressedairchallenge.org/calendar
Coming soon, these courses will be requirements for Certified Compressed Air Practitioner status after a final exam, for those looking to gain special status proving their knowledge.