Compressed Air Workshop

Memphis, Tenn., August 23, 2010 — With the current green initiatives to use compressed air systems optimally, Process & Power Inc. and Ingersoll Rand Industrial Technologies are sponsoring a one-day workshop on “How to Optimize Compressed Air Systems.” The workshop, which will be offered Sept. 28 in Paducah, Ky., and Sept. 30 in Springdale, Ark., will focus on the fundamentals of compressed air systems, typical areas of inefficiencies and optional opportunities for improvement.
“At Process & Power, we continually seek innovative ways to help our customers operate efficiently,” said Stuart Bassett, president of Process and Power Inc. “Our goal with this workshop is to help companies gain more knowledge of compressed air systems and to learn how to apply it to achieve a financial and competitive edge in their industry.”
The workshop is ideal for plant and production managers; plant, manufacturing and energy engineers; and maintenance supervisors and personnel. Workshop attendees will gain a better understanding of the influence of compressed air on the price and quality of producing goods and services; learn how to break down the demand on constituents to elevate the potential for savings; learn the practical and efficient application of compressed air, including sizing components, differential pressure and dedicated storage; and learn the fundamentals of the various types of compressors and compressor controls.   
Using classroom instruction and small team problem solving, the workshop will be flexible enough to meet the needs and capabilities of participants regardless of their experience. Topics to be covered include “The Business of Compressed Air,” “Piping Systems,” “Capacitance and Storage,” “Identifying Pressure Issues” and “Designing a Reliable and Efficient System.” Included in each workshop session will be many examples, case studies and working exercises. Instructors will be available for specific problem solving and questions after each session.

“Compressed air, known as the fourth utility, is an essential element in a wide variety of operations in the manufacturing and process industries,” said Lee Majors, Vice President of Technical Services. Compressed air production is often one of the primary energy expenses in an industrial plant, he added, explaining that in a typical plant, compressors use 20-40% of the total electricity consumed. “It is estimated that energy costs of an average compressed air system could be reduced by 20-30% with a potential annual savings in the tens of thousands of dollars for many companies.”
John Lyons, a compressed air system auditor with Ingersoll Rand Industrial Technologies, will lead the seminar. He has more than 27 years of experience in the compress air industry, including eight as a compressed air systems auditor. Lyons has audited more than 240 systems of various complexities and sizes up to 5,000 hp, making him one of the most diverse compressed air system auditors within Ingersoll Rand.
The daylong workshop is being offered Sept. 28 in Paducah and Sept. 30 in Springdale to make it conveniently available to as many companies as possible, Bassett said.

The $225 workshop cost includes lunch and all materials. For more information and to sign up online to attend the workshop, visit or call Process & Power at (901) 362-5500 or 1-800-264-8939.