Compressed Air Best Practices Magazine
Compressed Air Best Practices Magazine is a monthly resource for compressed air professionals, plant engineers, plant maintenance managers and general managers interested in optimizing compressed air systems. Each edition explores specific focus industries, which are significant users of compressed air. Guidance on compressed air systems includes: How to reduce related energy costs, How to improve productivity, What new technologies exist. Compressed air industry information is also offered with profiles of manufacturers and distributors in each edition.
Focus on Industrial Energy Savings
The mission of Compressed Air Best Practices is to help Energy Managers create Industrial Energy Savings.
Our content strategy is to provide Energy Managers with “Win/Win” project ideas and instructions. Content is provided to us by expert Energy Auditors and Energy Managers active in the field. These projects are focused on industrial manufacturing and process environments. In our definition, “Win/Win” projects provide attractive profits for the Company and for the Environment.
Industry has launched Sustainability Programs and Energy Management is an important component. Energy Teams, with one representative per plant, are focusing on reducing the kWh consumption of their facilities. We interview Corporate Energy Managers in feature articles so that Energy Teams may learn from their experiences. Some examples are:
The Energy Team at Briggs & Stratton facilities has realized energy savings of 30.1 million kWh over the last three years. This is the equivalent annual energy usage of 2,806 homes! (Interview article with Richard Feustel, Corporate Energy Manager, Briggs & Stratton, Nov-Dec 2009 edition)
RR Donnelley’s Energy Team did lighting upgrades in 57 plants, saving 91 million kWh in 2008 alone. This is the equivalent CO2 emissions of 12,492 cars! (Interview article with Michael Manzella, Chief Sustainability Officer, RR Donnelley, July 2009 edition)
Compressed air systems are known as the “4th Utility” in that they provide a powerful and flexible energy source supporting industrial processes. Ninety percent (90%) of our content educates Energy Managers on how to reduce the kWh consumption of their compressed air systems – while still capable of optimizing production output. Ten percent (10%) of our content provides case studies on how to optimize other industrial systems like lighting, cooling sytems, HVAC, boilers, steam, and water conservation.
Compressed air systems have been identified as a top opportunity to reduce energy costs. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that compressed air systems account for $1.5 billion per year in energy costs and 0.5 percent of emissions. It is further estimated that optimization of compressed air systems can provide energy efficieny improvements of 20 to 50 percent.
The team at Compressed Air Best Practices® is focused on helping Energy Managers create Industrial Energy Savings by providing educational content about compressed air systems. In order to help companies achieve “Win-Win” outcomes that reduce operating costs and minimize environmental footprints, we provide project ideas, training, tutorials and other educational materials about optimizing compressed air systems. With input from expert Energy Auditors and Energy Managers active in the field, our content offers insights into the industrial manufacturing and process environments.
As Sustainability Programs become increasingly important, Energy Management will continue to be a top priority for industrial manufacturing and processing companies. Specifically, Energy Teams are focusing on reducing the kWh consumption of their facilities. In order to help with that initiative, we interview Corporate Energy Managers so that Energy Teams can learn from their experiences.
For example, Compressed Air Best Practices® magazine interviewed the Corporate Energy Team Leader from Intertape Polymer Group (IPG) to learn about why the company was named a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the EPA. In the article, readers can learn about how IPG’s energy program helped reduce their energy intensity by 22 percent, resulting in savings of nearly $2 million since 2009.
In another interview, Compressed Air Best Practices® spoke with the Director of Global Energy Management at Corning Incorporated about the company’s adoption of a continuous energy management strategy for each of its facilities. Corning’s three focuses included ensuring a reliable energy supply, increasing energy productivity and operating as “green” as possible. As a result, the company was also named a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the EPA.
Known as the “4th Utility,” compressed air systems provide a powerful and flexible energy source for industrial processes. In order to better educate Energy Managers on how to reduce the kWh consumption of their compressed air systems, our content focuses on reducing energy costs and making processes more environmentally friendly—all while optimizing production output.
Compressed air systems have been identified as a top opportunity for reducing energy costs. The U.S. Department of Energy (EPA) estimates that compressed air systems account for $1.5 billion per year in energy costs and 0.5 percent of emissions. It is further estimated that the optimization of compressed air systems can provide energy efficiency improvements of 20 to 50 percent.
Our case studies focus on how to improve compressed air systems.