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Ask the Expert: Pneumatic or Electric Actuation: Which is Better?

Compressed Air and Actuation Technologies Bryan Kilgore, ERS, for Zondits Pneumatic actuators have had widespread use in the industrial space, particularly the food packaging industry. Pneumatic actuators offer low upfront costs for mechanical actuation. Electric actuators, however, are more energy efficient and are often seen as the more economical option when considering long-term energy costs. […]

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Air Compression Solutions Reduce Manufacturing Energy Costs

Boosting Energy Efficiency: Air Compressor Technology IEN, November 25, 2016 Faced with increasing competition, high energy costs, increased regulation and more aggressive sustainability goals, facility owners and plant managers are under extraordinary pressure to reduce costs, while achieving greater productivity and energy efficiency. Most industries use some form of air or gas compression to generate […]

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Size Matters: All Air Compressors Are Not Designed Equally

Sizing matters: How to avoid oversizing or undersizing your compressed air system Plant Services, April 7, 2016. Image credit: blickpixel Common downfalls of undersized and oversized compressors The most common issue resulting from under-sizing compressors is insufficient airflow to production equipment. Workers may complain that their tools aren’t working properly, or that low-pressure alarms may be […]

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A Compressed Air Energy Storage Technology Review

Compressed air sustained pumped hydraulic storage Intelligent Utility, March 15, 2016. Image credit: gr8effect The development of deep water compressed air energy storage (DW CAES) involves placing weight ballasted inflatable bags on the seafloor or submerged on a lake bed, with an air pipe connecting between ground level and submerged bags. It is a variation of […]

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Ask the Expert: Refrigerant & Regenerative Desiccant Compressed Air Dryers

What is the difference between refrigerant-type compressed air dryers and regenerative desiccant-type compressed air dryers? What are the advantages and disadvantages of one over the other? Karamvir Singh for Zondits, January 4, 2016 Answer: Let’s start by answering why you even need to dry the compressed air. The atmospheric air contains water vapor that begins […]