Leaks cost big money, compressed air systems are widely used throughout the industries and if not maintained and audited on a regular basis, are bound to have leakages which can contribute significantly to the facilities cost of energy.
Thus, it is essential to address this problem through the development of a comprehensive leak management program.These cost saving radiate out in the form of possible cost reductions of 25-50% and hence result in higher profit margins for the company.
Companies presently starting at Level 1 as seen in the image, are unaware of their current compressed air leakages and, with a proper leakage program in place can reach Level 4 eventually. The objective of a leakage management program is to to cut down the leakages and energy wastages in a plant to under 5%.
Leakages supervene when the compressed air systems are not maintained the way it is needed to prevent wastage of energy. The factors include :-
1. non establishment of cost of leakages,
2. no measuring and monitoring of the demand and supply,
3. poor optimization,
4. non established norms for air quality,
5. poor or no leakage management which can critically affect the system as a whole and may result in an increase in costs.