FLUID POWER: Daniel E. Cook, president and CEO of Proportion-Air Inc. recently announced the introduction of the new MizAir® energy savings device for Air Operated Double Diaphragm (AODD) pumps. The product will save up to 50 percent of the energy used by AODD pumps.AODD pumps use a tremendous amount of compressed air to operate and are notoriously inefficient. The most effective way to make AODD pumps more energy efficient is to better manage the air they consume. The obstacle has always been that no two AODD pumps are the same, making it nearly impossible to design a product that consistently works. Until now.
MizAir is a patent protected electro-pneumatic “smart” device. It uses “fuzzy” logic to analyze each stroke of the pump and “learns” the pump’s unique characteristics. MizAir then automatically makes internal adjustments to reduce the air consumption of the pump by as much as 50 percent, therefore reducing the energy required to run it by the same amount with little to no effect on pump throughput, fluid flow or flow rate. On approved pumps, no pump modification is necessary. MizAir is literally plumbed to the air input side of the pump and provided with 24V dc power.
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