Ingersoll Rand Introduces Compressed Air Audits to Optimize Power Plant Systems

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Compressed Air Audits provide an objective road map that enables customers to address the risk of air system inefficiencies and allowing for a reduction in operating costs.

Compressed Air Audits provide an objective road map that enables customers to address the risk of air system inefficiencies and allowing for a reduction in operating costs.

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Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), a global leader in compressed air technology, leverages Compressed Air Audits to identify steps customers can take to mitigate risk, maximize reliability, improve efficiency, eliminate waste and reduce unnecessary expense. Preview Ingersoll Rand’s video on the power industry for POWER-GEN at http://vimeo.com/17529546.

Ingersoll Rand exhibited at POWER-GEN International, which attracted more than 1,200 companies from all sectors of the industry and more than 19,000 people. POWER-GEN provided a horizontal look at the industry with key emphasis on new solutions and innovations for the future. The industry’s fastest-paced, three-day information exchange was designed to share practical experiences, knowledge and ideas on the latest power industry trends and challenges.

A Compressed Air Audit analyzes the total process of producing compressed air: the compressors' operation, the quality of the air, the movement of air throughout the plant, and the alignment between demand, distribution and supply. Compressed air is considered the fourth utility next to electricity, water, and steam. In most industrial facilities throughout North America, compressed air is generated inside of the facility using an electrically driven air compressor supplied with electrical energy from the local grid. In these facilities, the cost of electrical energy is used to drive improvements to the compressed air system based on increasing quality and reliability by offsetting reductions in electrical energy.

“Compressed Air Audits provide an objective road map that enables customers to address the risk of air system inefficiencies and allowing for a reduction in operating costs. The steps outlined also focus on maximizing reliability and productivity of a customer’s air system which tie directly to uptime and their customer satisfaction.” said Al Giffen, Regional Air System Audit Manager for Ingersoll Rand.

In all cases, the goal of an Ingersoll Rand Audit is reduce overall costs by optimizing systems, lowering costs, increasing efficiency, building sustainability and eliminating waste. In some cases, taking compressors offline is recommended; in others upgrading aging or faulty equipment is deemed necessary. Solutions are always tied to the data and facilities' specific needs.

Ingersoll Rand's Compressed Air Audit service is already paying off for early adopters. For example, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, part of Touchstone Energy, a coal-fired power plant located on the southern bank of the Ohio River, began to see reliability and inefficient operating methods with its soot-blowing and instrument air systems.

A Compressed Air Audit revealed significant problems with the Spurlock Station plant's systems, resulting in a recommendation that adding air compressors would result in overall efficiency and cost savings improvements for Kentucky Power Cooperative. Ingersoll Rand Centac C1000 instrument compressors were selected from options offered by four companies because of its advanced cooler design, heavy-duty construction, best-in-class efficiency and easy access to rotating assemblies for maintenance.

Because Ingersoll Rand's auditors are leading experts in the field, they are able to analyze and optimize compressed air systems from all manufacturers -- Ingersoll Rand or otherwise. These auditors work in partnership with the industrial teams that operate the equipment day after day to ensure that all relevant information, systems and equipment are analyzed, and that proposed solutions meet the operational, financial and other needs of each particular facility.

Data from a Compressed Air Audit is collected and analyzed in order to generate solutions that:

  •     Effectively manage multiple compressors for maximum energy efficiency;
  •     Monitor compressed air system health without investing significant time or effort;
  •     Lower compressed air production, maintenance, and performance costs; and
  •     Ensure optimized compressed air systems continue to run efficiently and reliably over time.

Ingersoll Rand’s Industrial Technologies Sector provides products, services and solutions that enhance our customers’ energy efficiency, productivity and operations. Our diverse and innovative products range from complete compressed air systems, tools and pumps to material and fluid handling systems. We also enhance productivity through solutions created by Club Car®, the global leader in golf and utility vehicles for businesses and individuals. To learn more about Ingersoll Rand’s products and services, please visit our website at http://pressroom.ingersollrandproducts.com/.

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