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Energy conservation – compressed air

After electricity, compressed air is the mostly widely used energy utility. It is also by far the costliest utility in financial, energy and environmental impact terms. This is before leakages. When leakages are taken into account the figures are staggering.

Mines and industry on average lose between 35% and 50% of compressed air output due to system leakages and losses in one form or another. Net efficiency is exceptionally low. This situation usually prevails because of ignorance.

Martec service providers equipped with ultrasonic detectors can readily detect a 0,1mm diameter leak @ 1 bar pressure at a distance of 15m. And we can do this in a noisy factory environment.

Our ultrasonic leak detection service is completed during normal production and in normal operating conditions. No shut downs and no production interruptions necessary. All leaks are tagged and documented and a complete report is included.

Even greater direct benefits apply to gas and steam system leaks.

Finding and eliminating vacuum leaks can significantly improve production processes. Martec also provides an audit service and Compressed Air Management Program (CAMP) aimed at keeping savings in compressed air systems sustainable.

The MIEO is the Mining and Industrial chapter of the SAEE (South African Association for Energy Efficiency) of which Martec is a founding member. The MIEO is a made up of a group of energy conscious companies active in the supply of energy efficient products and services to mining and industry.

The MIEO arrange several specialised seminars around the country focused at how to find savings in major energy consuming plant items.

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