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Comprehensive Air Audits and System Controls

Ultrasound World VII Program Abstract

Presentation: Comprehensive Air Audits and System Controls
Presenter: Wayne Perry, Technical Director for Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

Abstract: Kaeser Compressors is a leader in providing reliable and energy efficient compressed air products. At the same time, we recognize that having efficient components is only part of the efficiency picture. The greatest efficiency gains are achieved through proper system design.

Taking control of the demand side of compressed air systems is the first priority. The presentation will address several system design topics including compressor controls (including variable frequency drive) and flow controls.

Another key topic will be system controls. System splitting and multi-unit master controls have a major impact on both system reliability and energy efficiency. Master controllers optimize the control strategy and use compressors at their most efficient design point or turn them off, and allow the system to generate compressed air at the lowest acceptable pressure.

In addition, we will cover compressed air audits. Improved air audit techniques have greatly increased our ability to understand what’s happening in the system. They routinely help identify issues such as high leak demand, control problems and poor practices. The data can be fed into optimization models that provide the best mix of energy efficiency, pressure control, reliability and backup in accordance with the user’s priorities.

Bio: Wayne Perry, Technical Director for Kaeser Compressors, Inc.
Wayne Perry has 25 years’ experience in all aspects of the compressed air business. Mr. Perry is currently Technical Director for Kaeser Compressors, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Kaeser Kompressoren GMBH. As Technical Director, he has strengthened Kaeser’s systems approach by developing and implementing a system-based technical training program for company representatives. Mr. Perry also worked with Kaeser Compressors and the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) to develop and implement Kaeser’s USDOE Allied Partner agreement. As an Allied Partner, he served on the USDOE’s Best Practices Advisory Committee to help shape future program initiatives.

Mr. Perry is Kaeser Compressor’s representative to Compressed Air and Gas Institute (CAGI), a former chairman and current member of the Energy Awareness Committee, and Vice-Chairman of the Rotary Positive Section, which develops standards and performance reporting for rotary screw compressors. In addition, Mr. Perry was actively involved in the formation of and served as CAGI’s representative on the Board of Directors for the Compressed Air Challenge.

The Georgia Tech Energy and Environmental Management Center recently asked Mr. Perry to join their Consensus Board to review and comment on energy management standards developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology, including ANSI/MSE 2000.

Mr. Perry is a CAC/DOE Qualified AIRMaster+ Specialist and has provided extensive technical review of CAC and USDOE publications on compressed air system efficiency.

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