Have you heard of the Compressed Air Challenge? If compressed air systems are a part of your industry, the CAC is worth checking out.
The Compressed Air Challenge is a voluntary collaboration of industrial end-users; manufacturers, distributors and their associations; consultants; state research and development agencies; energy efficiency organizations; and utilities. The group’s purpose is to help users enjoy the benefits of improved performance of their compressed air systems. It’s a product-neutral organization so it does not endorse any products or services. Sponsors include the US Department of Energy and several utilities and utility associations.
The mission of the CAC is to be a resource for information and education helping users of compressed air systems improve efficiency and production and increase net profits. While it is a non-profit organization, they aim to remain financially viable by using sponsor fees and income from their trainings and resource tools to fund the organization’s operations.
The organization has developed a series of training seminars to help users evaluate their compressed air systems, reduce operating costs and improve productivity, product quality, system reliability, and competitiveness. Training seminars take place in locations around the country as well as a few in webinar format. Check out their calendar to find one that works for you.
You’ll also find information for ordering the Best Practices Manual that was designed to be a one-source manual addressing many improvement opportunities for compressed air systems. In the library section of the website you’ll also find sourcebooks, articles, fact sheets case studies and lots of other information.
They’ve created some pretty cool software tools as well. AIRMaster+ is a compressed air system assessment and analysis software package that will help you maximize the efficiency and performance of your system. And LogTool is a data importation and analysis software that complements AIRMaster+. It is designed to assist in the analysis of compressed system performance measurements.
Opportunities exist for sponsorships and affiliates if you’re interested in being a part of the initiative. You might also consider hosting a workshop or becoming an AIRMaster+ specialist.
Whether you’re an end-user, manufacturer, consultant or other business or organization interested in improving efficiency in the compressed air industry, we hope you’ll investigate the Compressed Air Challenge and see how you can make a difference. As a premier provider of PdM/Condition Monitoring Services including compressed air studies, Advanced Technology Solutions (ATS) can help your facility if you’re considering CAC activities or participation. You can find more information about these studies at our website.