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Troubleshooting Guide: Key Causes of Compressed Air System Issues

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by Erin Hipolito
April 23, 2024

Troubleshooting Guide: Key Causes of Compressed Air System Issues

At Pye-Barker Engineered Solutions, we understand the critical role that compressed air systems play in industrial operations. As experts in providing parts and services for industrial machinery like pumps, compressors, blowers, and vacuums, we've encountered a multitude of issues that plague these systems. Understanding the root causes of these problems is crucial for efficient troubleshooting and optimization.


Root Cause #1 – System Design and Implementation

Design Flaws Impact Performance

The foundation of any efficient compressed air system lies in its design and implementation. Unfortunately, many systems suffer from suboptimal designs or improper integration of components. This haphazard approach often leads to underperformance and inefficiency.

Custom Solutions for Maximum Efficiency

Addressing system design flaws requires a customized approach tailored to the specific needs of your operation. At Pye-Barker Engineered Solutions, we prioritize understanding your unique requirements to develop effective solutions that enhance performance and reliability.

Root Cause #2 – Poor Integration

Seamless Integration for Optimal Functionality

A common pitfall in compressed air systems is poor integration of components. Unlike a cohesive design, where every part serves a purpose, systems often resemble disjointed assemblies of unrelated parts. This lack of integration results in inefficiencies and increased operating costs.

Achieving Synergy Through Integration

Our approach emphasizes seamless integration, ensuring that every component works in harmony to maximize efficiency and minimize waste. By aligning system components with precision, we optimize performance and reduce operational expenses.

Root Cause #3 – Ineffective Measurement

Importance of Accurate Measurement

Efficiency in compressed air systems hinges on accurate measurement and analysis. Yet, many organizations focus solely on individual component costs rather than overall system performance. This narrow perspective can obscure underlying issues and hinder optimization efforts.

Optimizing Output per Unit of Power

Pye-Barker Engineered Solutions advocates for a holistic approach to measurement, emphasizing output per unit of power as a key metric for system efficiency. By evaluating performance against initial design parameters, we identify opportunities for improvement and cost savings.

If your compressed air expenses are escalating, or if you're seeking to enhance system performance, Pye-Barker Engineered Solutions is here to help. Our team of experienced engineers and technicians can conduct a comprehensive audit of your compressed air system, pinpointing areas for optimization and guiding you towards optimal performance.

To schedule a no-obligation consultation, contact us at 404-531-1954 or email

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