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Compressed Air System Pressure Drop



A drop in pressure in your compressed air system is a lot like a drop in the stock market – you don't want either one of them to happen. However, there are steps you can take to drastically reduce pressure drop. Without a doubt, inefficiency in your compressed air system will ultimately hurt your bottom line.

Many of us have driven our cars with a slow leak in a tire. We may run it like this for several months. After all, it only costs us a dollar or so for the air. We know it consumes a bit more fuel because of the leaky tire, but it's not enough to really notice – at least right away.

To apply this same thinking to your compressed air system would definitely be a costly mistake. A well-designed 100 PSIG compressed air system exhibits no more than 7 PSI of pressure loss between the compressor discharge and the point of use. If your system exceeds this, then it is performing poorly and using excessive energy.

This is when a compressed air system assessment by a trained compressor expert can provide you with valuable answers to questions such as:

  • Is the compressed air piping and distribution system optimized?
  • Has the preventative maintenance schedule been followed?
  • Have the air filters been changed regularly?
  • How high is the artificial demand from leaks and inefficient use of compressed air?
    $$$ Alert! For every 1 PSI of excess operating pressure, air compressor power consumption increases by approximately 0.5%!
  • Is there proper storage to maintain proper system pressure?
  • Are the correct air system components in place and are they designed to work together efficiently to produce the air pressure and air quality needed for the operation?

Call your local compressed air system expert today so you can have the information you need for a system that works at maximum efficiency.

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