Compressed Air Challenge Newsletter Summer 2011

 The mission of the Compressed Air Challenge (CAC) is to be the leading source of product-neutral compressed air system information and education, enabling end users to take a systems approach leading to improved efficiency and production and increased net profits.  We hope this newsletter serves these goals and provides value to you, our most important customer.  Please feel free to provide any feedback about this issue to:

Join us at the WEEC in Chicago...
 We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with the Association of Energy Engineers to present our popular Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems seminar as a pre-seminar workshop at the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) on October 11th.  Also, part of the conference proceedings on Friday October 14th is a Compressed Air Best Practices track sponsored by one of our affiliates, Compressed Air Best Practices Magazine. This track features two of our Certified L1 instructors, Wayne Perry and David Booth. For more information click here.
Valuable Reference Manual...
 Our best seller Best Practices for Compressed Air Systems manual is THE best source for information on compressed air systems and compressed air systems optimization.  Get your copy today. Click here to get more information and order.
How Much is Your Compressed Air System Really Costing
Compressed air equipment is rarely installed with instrumentation that can supply a baseline to monitor system energy performance and related expenses. End-users are often blind to the real operating costs—and may be unaware of the consequences of the problems plaguing their systems and associated compressed air-powered machinery. Studies have shown that a few hours of basic awareness training can go a long way in increasing system efficiency. Read the rest of this article in Maintenance Technology Magazine.
Recover Waste Heat....
When air is compressed, it heats up – it’s simple physics. The heat energy is concentrated in a decreasing volume of air. To maintain proper operating temperatures, the compressor must transfer the excess heat to a cooling medium before the air enters the distribution system. As much as 90% of that heat can be recovered for use in your operation. If you can supplement or replace the electricity, gas or oil needed to heat water for washrooms, or direct warm air into a workspace, warehouse, loading dock or entryway, the savings can add up. To view the story click here.
New CAC Affiliates
We are pleased to announce that we have two new affiliates; Chemical Engineering Progress Magazine and Tennessee Valley Authority.  Print magazines, online magazines, associations, public entities, energy efficiency programs, utilities and compressed air equipment manufacturers/distributors can now apply to become CAC Affiliates.  
On approval these organizations will receive discounts for online training, be listed on the CAC website and be allowed to display the CAC Affiliate logo among other benefits.  A $1,500 fee applies. To apply contact us.
September - WE Training

 Our next session of  Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems WE (web-edition) is starting September 12, 2011.  This popular course is delivered over the internet and is highly rated by our participants.  Additional benefit: A free copy of our Best Practices Manual.


 We have scheduled one more WE seminar for 2011, starting on November 9.   Visit our Training Calendar for more information. Should you wish to be notified about future training please visit this link and sign-up to be notified 

Did You Know?

 If you are having trouble finding and assessing compressed air system service providers we can help.  We have developed Guidelines for Selecting a Compressed Air System Provider to help you understand what to look for when choosing your provider and what to ask for when requesting various levels of analysis when hiring a system auditor.  To download this document click here.
 In partnership with the Department of Energy the Compressed Air Challenge offers a Sourcebook for Industry.  Entitled "Improving Compressed Air System Performance" this free information resource can be downloaded from our website.  In it you will discover a key introduction to compressed air systems, and a 12 step opportunity road map that will cover basic topics to help you understand how much compressed air costs to produce and what to do about it. Click here.

Looking for a seminar leader to facilitate your CAC training?  A complete list of instructors is available here.

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