This is usually a free service and it determines whether there is an opportunity to successfully complete a project that meets the client’s needs. That usually means whether or not an ROI project exists. This is an interview process where we discuss the potential goals of an audit and the characteristics of the demand, distribution, and supply side of your compressed air system. It usually takes 15 to 30 min. from someone that knows supply side and someone that knows demand side in the facility. The output report details the current cost of operation, the estimated potential for cost reduction, the evidence supporting this, and the suggested scope of work that is appropriate for this particular site. From a corporate perspective, this is a tool which can assess the opportunity at all the facilities and then assist in prioritizing on the plant by plant basis.
CAC will do any part of the project that the client doesn’t have the interest, capabilities, time, or resources to do themselves. This extends to the project itself. We can manage the entire project, assist in the project management, or even turnkey the project, thereby keeping our company on the hook for a successful outcome. This step would include an analysis and design of the objectives, work planning, risk management, estimating and acquisition of resources, directing of activities, controlling the project execution, tracking and reporting progress, quality management, identifying managing and controlling changes, project closure and communicating all the above to the stakeholders.
The audit is where the project is created at a conceptual level. During the audit we look at supply-side efficiency, supply-side clean up equipment, distribution pressure drop, demand, repair and maintenance procedures, and other areas of interest that show up as we dig into the system. The output report consists of an executive summary the financial impact of a project, and an action plan with budgetary numbers. Written material, drawings, charts, and spreadsheets are included in the report in most cases to illustrate and explain what was found and why certain recommendations were made. The idea behind this is that anyone within the facility for maintenance, to design to production to finance all can read the same report and have a common understanding of how the system operates.
Many clients implement projects and get outstanding results just to see the system revert back to the norm in just a few years. CAC offers a complete line of customizable post project actions which are designed to keep the hard-earned savings that the project help the company realize. This eliminates the need for future audits and instead provide more frequent and precise feedback as to system operation as well as reducing on site work to activities such as annual inspections only. For more information regarding the various activities within sustaining services, please contact CAC.
The purpose of the Detailed Design is to turn the conceptual ideas in the audit into precise and specific instructions and specifications for the trades and the OEMs who will support the project. During detailed design, the auditor reviews original audit, confirms the original findings and creates the scope of work for the mechanical, electrical, plumbers, controls as well as specifications for any equipment providers. In many cases, we will conduct the bid meetings and answer any design questions and as an option we can even review the bids. The output report for this step includes the design basis specifications, the shutdown work, mechanical scope of work, electrical scope of work were detail, control scope of work, equipment specification, and civil scope of work when necessary. This would include written instructions, drawings, pictures and any other pertinent information to the various interested parties.
Compressed Air Consultants offers additional services along with our Compressed Air Audit. It's Important for every compressed air system to have a quality leak study program. CAC can perform a one time leak study or establish a program with the company for routine compressed air leak studies. Another important precaution you must take, especially if the manufacturing process involves the food services, is compressed air quality testing. CAC can test your compressed air quality as a one time process or establish a program with the company for routine compressed air quality testing. Contact CAC if you are interested in any of the additional services we offer.