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Oversizing: A Widespread Compressed Air Problem That Is Costing You Time and Money

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Originally Recorded: May 20, 2020

Sponsor: Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

Speakers: Neil Mehltretter, Engineering Manager, Kaeser Compressors, Inc.
                       Werner Rauer, Rotary Screw Compressors Product Manager, Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

Moderator: Thomas Wilk, Editor-In-Chief, Plant Services

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A review of thousands of compressed air systems reveals that, on average, users operate below 50% of system capacity. Regardless of industry and application, oversized compressors are among the most common problems in air systems. Over sizing hits the bottom line in many ways, including higher purchase costs, higher maintenance and repair costs, higher energy costs, lost production due to pressure fluctuation and shorter compressor life.  In this webinar, compressed air experts Neil Mehltretter and Werner Rauer will address why oversizing occurs, how to identify oversized systems, how they impact productivity and profitability, and strategies to reduce the effects of this epidemic.

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Meet the Presenters

 

Neil Mehltretter, Kaeser Compressors, Inc.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®), is a CAGI Certified Compressed Air System Specialist, and is a Master Certified System Specialist through Kaeser’s Factory Training Program.

Werner Rauer, Kaeser Compressors, Inc.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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