Pneumatic Energy Efficiency

Substantial savings can be achieved with pneumatic energy efficiency.   Use the guidelines below to gain awareness of the energy consumption of your pneumatic equipment, so you can optimise its air consumption and start reducing your energy-related costs

The special care taken with raw materials is rarely applied to our energy.  Generating just what you need, is the first step to energy-efficient use. It is certainly not simple, as oversupply is not something you can spot easily.

There are 5 critical steps to Energy Efficiency from SMC

SMC VBA Series

  1. Generate

Generating just what you need, is the first step to energy-efficient use;

Pressure Boost –VBA Series provide high pressure only where it is needed

Double Power Cylinder – MGZ Series Double the force with a single actuator

Air Saving Speed Controllers – AS-R & AS-Q Reduce pressure for non productive cycles

Stand-by valve – VEX-X115 Series Modulate the air entry

Vacuum Unit – ZK2 Series  avoid continuous air waste


2. Recover

Trying to recycle the energy required in a productive process has an exponential effect on the plant’s efficiency.

We’re convinced that this is the path to be followed by industrial systems. It’s up to you to actively take part of it.

Recover what you generate at energy generation processes, or during its usage.

  • Re-use the generated heat – That heat can simply be reused for any other operation, such as warming water (thorough a heat exchanger) or heating up the plant (through hot air distribution).
  • Recover the released air – Have you ever considered recovering the air from your cylinders?

3. Monitor

Which of the machines in your factory are the heaviest consumers, do you know how your consumption fluctuates.  Detecting mismatches or unexpected waste, giving you the visibility to further improve performance.

Digital Flow switches, available for heavy, medium and light flow Digital Flow Switch

Fluids Pressure Centre -Remotely monitor the pressure with the PSE57# Series

Digital Pressure Switch – Measure air pressure from -101 kPa to 2 MPa  IES20 

Automatic Leak Detection System – Export a detailed report with exact leak value and location ALDS PDF 

Analogic Pressure gauge – Effect instant checking  G36- L

4. Use

Use only the essential level of pressed air you require; energy inefficiency in a plant is frequently the consequence of misuse bolstered by the popular belief that “compressed air is free.”

Misuse or sensible use, what’s your situation?  Are your components sized correctly?  Is the air distribution system designed taking into account energy efficiency?

When acquiring a new component, do you consider the ones with an energy-efficient design?

Use only the essential Discover products 

5. Think

To genuinely implement efficiency in our facilities, we need to try to see the energy-efficient potential in our day-to-day working activities and decisions.

Think of energising your efficiency.

In other words, Think efficient is what really helps us to come full circle. All the solutions offered in the 4 previous steps (Generate, Recover, Monitor & Use) have not been thought out as a random and unconnected set of actions, but rather than as a continuum.