Advantages of Using Flow Meters to Reduce Pressure Drop
Plant operators rely on plant air pressures to maintain properly working equipment and systems. One of the most common problems affecting processing plants that utilize compressed air systems is the ability to maintain reliable air pressure throughout the distribution system. Insufficient air pressures may be due to undersized distribution piping, but it’s more commonly found that the cause is flow restrictions in the distribution system such as filters, check valves, and fittings, as well as flow meters and gauges. Leaks in the distribution system actually rank low as the common cause of “pressure drop”. Pressure drop is the loss or reduction of pressure from the compressor discharge to the actual point of use. The system will appear like there is a lack of air pressure but the real problem is pressure drop, which will cause excessive energy consumption. This white paper will explain the causes of pressure drop, a variety of solutions and ultimately how to eliminate costly downtime.