THE CLIENT

PET Power Containers, a Canadian manufacturer of PET plastic containers.

THE SITUATION

PET Power Containers wanted to expand its 24/7 manufacturing capabilities with additional blowmoulding equipment. Since compressed air is a key component of their manufacturing processes, PET Power contacted CRU AIR + GAS to conduct a thorough audit in order to accurately assess the facility’s current compressed air system and its ability to handle the expanded compressed air needs.

THE AUDIT

CRU AIR + GAS inspected the compressed air system at PET Power Containers using both supply and demand analysis methods. During the audit project, we found that the plant’s two reciprocating air compressors were running inefficiently. Additional issues were found within the facility’s piping and drains, resulting in large amounts of moisture build-up and the need for manual draining. Thanks to the detailed audit by CRU AIR + GAS, PET Power not only learned that the existing system was clearly unable to accommodate the planned plant expansion, but they also gained expert advice into the most cost effective ways to improve production efficiency and the ideal air compressor expansion options for their facility.

THE RETROFIT

PET Power Containers RETROFIT system consisted of the following equipment:

  • A new three-stage, oil-free, variable speed drive reciprocating air compressor, designed specifically for PET blowmolding applications.
  • A new 1000 cfm cycling refrigerated air dryer to replace the two older air dryers.
  • New zero air-loss drains to remove all moisture while eliminating compressed air discharge when purging.

CRU AIR + GAS was also able to reduce system pressure to the lowest possible target pressure, plus repair leaks found in the compressed air pipe distribution system for a further reduction 15 to 20 cfm.

What
Clients Say

“For almost 15 years, CRU AIR + GAS has been our primary compressed air service provider… they balance their focus on efficient compressed air production with our demanding production requirements.”
RC – Maintenance Supervisor
“With the only CEM, CEA, and Qualified AIRMASTER+ Specialist in Ontario, CRU AIR + GAS’ compressed air auditing was comprehensive and easy to understand. Our expectations were high and we were not disappointed!”
TS – Operations Manager
“With CRU AIR + GAS’ help, we were not only able to operate year-round without any lost production time, but could start planning for a move towards optimizing our compressor system to maximize its energy efficiency.”
VP – Maintenance Planner
“[CRU AIR + GAS’] technicians are knowledgeable and available 24/7. Response times are less than an hour even in the middle of the night.”
HS – Maintenance Manager
“CRU AIR + GAS proposed a BOGE SLF 51-3 variable speed drive compressor project. When our LDC’s 3rd party reviewer tried to reduce our Save ON Energy Incentive, CRU AIR + GAS was relentless in arguing the case for the original estimated incentive. In the end, we secured a LARGER incentive than originally estimated. We couldn’t be happier with the final result!”
PL – Plant Manager
“[CRU AIR + GAS] don’t just come in and change spare parts when doing PM service. They examine the entire compressor system and make suggestions they feel will benefit our compressors in the long run. We highly recommend the CRU AIR + GAS team to any company looking for a trustworthy and knowledgeable compressed air service provider.”
RZ – Maintenance Manager
[CRU AIR + GAS’] local approach to the compressor industry provides us with fast, efficient service when we most need it, and their PM department ensures that our maintenance staff is made aware of upcoming service requirements for proper maintenance planning
JD – Corporate Engineer

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