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Hitachi Industrial Products Application - Compressed Air

A clean, safe, reliable, and efficient utility

Overview - Production facilities often call compressed air the fourth utility, behind electricity, water, and natural gas. It is used in a wide range of applications from material transfer and powering pneumatic tools, to valve and damper actuation to name a few. As an essential component of many production processes its safety, cleanliness, and reliability can make or break production targets. In addition, industrial compressed air systems are a large consumer of energy so a focus on system efficiencies delivers significant energy savings.

Application Challenges

Production facilities that use compressed air effectively usually account for:
- System leaks
- Matching pressure to application load demand
- Generated heat and energy recovery
- FDA air quality regulatory requirements
- Compressed air treatment (drying / filtering)
- Unnecessary continuous operation
- Ambient inlet air conditions
- Inefficient air distribution system design
- Inconsistent maintenance
- Improper compressed air uses
- Noise

Application Requirements

Products that contribute to compressed air systems should deliver:
- Energy efficiency
- High reliability
- Class 0 air quality
- Ease of operation and maintenance
- Low noise and vibration
- Variable speed control option
- Environmentally friendly fluids and materials
- Low operating/maintenance costs
- Long maintenance cycle
- Long lasting consumable parts
- Pressure and capacity versatility/flexibility

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Food Safety

Food Safety

Food industry professionals should define a specification for compressed air purity based upon the three system types

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