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Webinar: How to Improve Energy Efficiency in a Compressed Air System

An On-Demand New Equipment Digest-hosted webinar, sponsored by Kaeser Compressors

Date: This webinar is available on-demand.
Originally Broadcast: Tuesday, March 12, 20192:00 p.m. EST (GMT -5, New York)
Duration: 1 Hour
Event Type: On-Demand Webinar
Cost: Free

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Compressed air is vital for industrial manufacturing processes and is quite often referred to as the fourth utility. At the same time, it is a very heavy energy consumer. The US Department of Energy estimates that half of all compressed air is wasted due to leaks, artificial demand, and inappropriate uses.

This presentation covers key strategies for improving energy efficiency in compressed air systems. It covers ways of providing immediate, medium-term, and ongoing savings opportunities.

Join compressed air experts, Grayson Atkinson, Neil Mehltretter, and Werner Rauer as they discuss proper design of air system supply, the key elements of a worthwhile compressed air audit; and best practices for distribution piping.

Specific topics include:

  • The impact of oversizing compressors
  • The differences between unit and system controls
  • Setting the proper plant pressure
  • The value of performing a compressed air audit
  • Advantages and disadvantages of piping materials
  • Elements of a good leak detection program




Grayson Atkinson, System Design Supervisor, Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

Grayson Atkinson has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University. As Kaeser’s System Design Supervisor, Grayson analyzes compressed air assessment results to find areas for cost reduction and system optimization. Additionally, Grayson is responsible for reviewing in-house system drawings and designing systems that follow best practices to meet a wide range of demanding applications and installation challenges. Grayson completed the DOE Compressed Air Challenge I and II and is a Master Certified System Specialist through Kaeser’s Factory Training Program.

Neil Mehltretter, Engineering Manager, Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

As Engineering Manager, Neil Mehltretter is a key player in Kaeser’s Technical Department with responsibilities including product management, system design, and more. An authority on compressed air assessments, Neil has conducted and supervised thousands of industrial compressed air studies, helping users achieve significant energy savings and operational improvements. He has authored several nationally published articles on compressed air system optimization and is a frequent presenter on energy efficient system design. In addition to his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Florida, Neil is AIRMaster+ certified, has completed the DOE Compressed Air Challenge I and II, is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM®), and is a Master Certified System Specialist through Kaeser’s Factory Training Program.

Werner Rauer, Rotary Screw Compressors Product Manager, Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

Werner Rauer is the Product Manager for oil-injected and oil-free screw compressors at Kaeser Compressors, Inc. With over 30 years in the industry, Werner has gained extensive experience trouble shooting air systems large and small and a deep knowledge of effective compressed air system design. An active leader in the Compressed Air and Gas Institute (CAGI), he helped develop the widely used CAGI compressor performance datasheets and supported the development and implementation of ISO 11011 and EA4 - the new generation of compressed air energy audit standards. He also chairs CAGI’s Engineering Committee for rotary/positive displacement compressors. Werner has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, has completed the DOE Compressed Air Challenge I and II, and is a Master Certified System Specialist through Kaeser’s Factory Training Program.

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