Tagged under: compressed air

Compressed air safety in the workplace

December, 15 2021

Compressed air is commonly found in many industrial workplaces and is used for a variety of different manufacturing and operational applications. While a quality compressed air system can be easy to implement when you have the right supplier on hand, how to safely use compressed air in the workplace is critical. If used incorrectly, compressed air systems have the potential to cause serious damage – not just to the compressor equipment, but to staff as well.

What materials should you use for compressed air piping?

June, 18 2020

Compressed air piping is essential for your compressed air system to operate – without compressed air piping, there’s no way for compressed air to get to where it needs to. Piping that’s inefficient for the job at hand or faulty could result in lost pressure, contamination and wasted power so it’s important to make sure that the piping you’re using is suitable for your factory or plant.

If you’re needing to install a new compressed air system or perhaps overhaul what you already have then it’s important to make sure that all components of your compressed air system are in correct working order – and that includes the piping that you use!

Why you can't afford an old air compressor

February, 13 2020

Maintaining the efficiency of a compressed air system is a constant battle, with leaks, lost efficiency, oil or water ingress and increasing power bills being a considerable source of the problem. 

Compressed air systems consume 10% to 15% of all industrial electricity. And yet, compressed air is an inefficient form of energy – 90% of the input energy used is discharged as waste heat. This is not only costly from a sustainability standpoint – wasting energy means wasting money. Over a 10-year period, electricity costs make up 76% of a factory’s operating costs. In many cases, the electricity used by a compressed air system in a factory makes up the largest percentage of an increasingly expensive electricity bill. 

4 ways to make your factory more energy efficient

January, 21 2020

No matter how big or how small your factory is, there are always things that can be done to make it run more efficiently. Whether you’re looking to cut back costs or reduce your energy bill, there are a number of things that can be done to aid in an efficient workplace.

While you may not be able to implement all of the below, they provide a good outline of what you should be checking in your factory to make sure it’s running as efficiently as possible, as well as offering some suggestions for activities you can implement to help reduce costs. Here are 4 ways you can make your factory more energy efficient.

Compressed air quality standards

November, 27 2019

If you work in a business that manufactures food and beverages, pharmaceuticals or electronics and you require the use of compressed air then you will no doubt know the importance of having high quality compressed air on hand. Compressed air can contain unwanted substances like oil and water, so it’s important that the compressed air you’re using is up to the required standard for the job. Poor quality compressed air can affect operations and, depending on where you’re using the compressed air, these unwanted substances can impair your production results, staff health and end up costing you more money.

6 Ways To Save Money In Your Factory

June, 28 2019

1. Reduce power costs

One of the most inefficient energy uses in any factory is compressed air, however it is a vital component of most manufacturing environments.

What Is The Best and Most Efficient Compressed Air Piping?

June, 28 2019

Are you asking yourself that question right now? Is your compressed air piping letting you and your company down with air leaks, sags, moisture, and other troubles that you just DON’T need?


November, 23 2017
The essence of a good compressed air investment is regarded as “lifetime cost”. Lifetime cost is a combination of initial capital cost, energy cost, maintenance costs and any other associated remedial costs, all added together over the lifetime of the system. It is no surprise that Pneutech Au Air reticulation system provides among the lowest of lifetime costs when compared with equivalent systems in today’s industry.
Remember: “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price has been forgotten”.


November, 08 2017
In today's health and productivity-conscious environment, the quality of your compressed air is very important; both for the long-term operation of your pneumatic tools and equipment, and for ensuring your team are looking after their own respiratory systems by breathing safe air.

Compressed air quality is often neglected or not given enough attention.


High quality compressed air will directly reduce the maintenance and breakdown costs of your pneumatic machinery while enhancing the performance and longevity in the process.
Good compressed air will also reduce rust and dirt build-up in your piping system, which over time adds to the deterioration and failure of the plant being operated.

It's the difference of breathing air on a dusty construction site, or in the middle of a clean, dry forest.


There are several areas we look at when checking compressed air quality:
  • Water content in the air.
  • Dew point/pressure dew point.
  • Oil content in the air.
  • Dust/contaminations including micro-organisms and odour.
  • Minor gases - Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Carbon Monoxide (CO), and Oxygen (O2) levels.

All these elements together contribute to the overall compressed air quality.
Oil and contamination-free air is a mandatory requirement for breathing air today, either direct within the vicinity or through air fed masks.

High quality compressed air is also a prerequisite for the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries of today.

High quality compressed air means:
  • Healthier, safer and more productive staff.
  • Higher product quality.
  • Higher plant reliability.
  • Higher longevity.
  • Lower maintenance costs.
  • Lower breakdown costs.

Oil-lubricated the compressors are the most common type. They use oil to lubricate the moving parts of the motor. This means that the breathing air comes in contact with the oil, and there will always be a little oil that leaves the compressor together with the air (called oil-carry-over). This oil (although a very small amount per litre) needs to be removed, for the safety of those breathing in the vicinity or via air fed masks.
CO and CO 2 can be sucked in by the compressor from the outside air. There is a risk that compressors can suck in exhaust fumes or other environmental contaminates from the area it is located.

Bottom line: Think to yourself "what is important to us?" If that includes looking after your staff, saving money, and complying with Health and Safety practices, then let us help you make informed decisions about your current compressed air set-up by testing your air quality.


September, 06 2017
At Industrial Air Systems we have the systems in place to keep your compressed air equipment running reliably and at peak efficiency! With full time service coordinators and managers on staff, we make things happen! Customers taking advantage of our preventative maintenance programs are satisfied customers and experience increased productivity.