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 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.
Leaks can make the future Bleak. Cost reduction aims at the elimination of wasteful elements in a planned method which are an integral part of the LMS program. A continuous monitoring system in place is also needed to identify and arrest the compressed air systems from leakages on a daily basis. This moves the company's energy management initiative to the next level as can be seen in the image. Optimization of all compressed air applications is a mandatory energy saving measure which can follow after the LMS program is complete. Besides measuring real time of all critical parameters, a well supervised system can achieve the magic figure of a less than 5% leakage rate. A cost effective leak management program should be a part of an overall program aimed at improving the performance of compressed air systems making it more efficient.