HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog

Driving Efficiency With Hydraulic & Pneumatic Systems

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Oldest First|Newest First|Threaded View
TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
Working with what you have
TJ McDermott   10/18/2012 10:19:43 AM
NO RATINGS
With regard to pneumatic systems, the single largest cost in any plant is - LEAKS.  Walk through any plant, paying attention to your ears.  You will hear, EVERYWHERE, the hiss of leaking compressed air.  That sound is money being literally thrown away.

If one wants to save energy, reduce consumption, then the leaks must be found and fixed.  Only after the plant floor stops hissing would optimizing the pneumatic system for efficiency make sense.

It's analogous to proper tire pressure and fuel economy.  Keeping tires properly inflated is probably the simplest way to improve fuel economy, but is the most ignored.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Working with what you have
Charles Murray   10/18/2012 5:29:33 PM
NO RATINGS
Pneumatic component suppliers are painfully aware of the leak issue, TJ. But while they've improved on the problem, they still haven't eliminated it, even after many years of trying.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Working with what you have
Rob Spiegel   10/22/2012 8:36:38 PM
NO RATINGS
TJ, I wasn under the impression this area of plant inefficiency -- leaks -- was showing some real improvement. Perhaps I'm mistaken.

TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Working with what you have
TJ McDermott   10/23/2012 12:36:37 AM
NO RATINGS
Walk through a plant off-shift, or third shift, and listen to the not-silence.  Big factories, small mom-and-pop operations, it doesn't matter.

 

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Working with what you have
Rob Spiegel   10/24/2012 12:37:24 AM
NO RATINGS
Seems like this is a problem that could be fixed without getting fancy, TJ. But again, I may be mistaken. Is the solution more expensive than the inefficiencies of the problem?

TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Working with what you have
TJ McDermott   10/24/2012 12:47:45 AM
NO RATINGS
The solution can be as easy as some pipe sealant paste or tape, or repairing/replacing a cracked hose.  A single 1-mm air leak can cost $200 / year (based on calculations found on the net).  One leak may not sound like much, but even a small plant will have multiple leaks. Just 5 is a $1000 per year, and that is if they're as small as 1 mm.

 

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Working with what you have
Rob Spiegel   10/24/2012 5:00:31 AM
NO RATINGS
Sounds like the cost of a repair would pay for itself, TJ. As for sounds in plants, I've heard some complaints from baby boomer plant managers who say that the young engineers coming into the workforce rely too much on computer technology and they're not learning to tell the health of the plant by sound and vibration.

Partner Zone
More Blogs
Here's a list of engineering and tech jobs ranked by outlook, work environment, stress, and income.
The Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan, a government-funded research organization, is aiming to improve laser technology to raise sintered material property performance.
CFD, FEA, and simulation software have accelerated time-to-market in product development and put the CAE analysis “knobs and levers” in the hands of design engineers.
Transfers the control of a large number of motion axes from one numerical control kernel to another within a CNC system, using multiple NCKs, and enables implement control schemes for virtually any type of machine tool.
Industrial trade shows, like Design News' upcoming Pacific Design & Manufacturing, deserve proper planning in order to truly get the most out of them as marketing tools. Here's how to plan effectively.
Design News Webinar Series
1/28/2016 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
12/8/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
2/18/2016 11:00 AM PT | 2:00 PM ET
2/24/2016 11:00 AM PT | 2:00 PM ET
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jan 11 - 15, Designing ARM Devices Using Segger Tools
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7 | 8 | 9


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2016 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service