Siyaram Silk Mills Limited has installed AIRnet, a modular compressed air piping system from Atlas Copco, at its plant at Tarapur, Maharashtra, India. AIRnet delivers quality air from the compressor to the point of use, and will offer annual energy savings for the plant of up to 56,000 kWh.
Established in 1978, Siyaram is a market-leading manufacturer of yarns, home furnishings and garments. The companys plant is equipped with the latest machinery for textile manufacture. Easy installation, efficient operation: Installing AIRnet is fast and simple as no welding, gluing or crimping is required. AIRnets modular system of corrosion-resistant anodised aluminium pipes are highly durable and feature self-aligning, fully sealed polymer fittings with integrated O-rings that eliminate any possibility of leaks.
The low friction factor of aluminium and the seamless connections minimise pressure drop. This, combined with bigger inner diameter, ensures high efficiency. In compliance with industrial standards, AIRnet pipes are pre-painted in blue (for compressed air) or green (for nitrogen gas) for easy network identification.
Energy savings and reductions in CO2 emissions: At Siyaram, the AIRnet piping system is connected to an Atlas Copco 250 kW Oil Free Air Compressor ZT 250 which enables the pressure drop by 0.2 bar, results in energy saving of 3.5 kW per hour. The compressor runs for about 8,000 hours per year, therefore annual savings in energy consumption will be close to 56,000 kWh. In turn, this reduces CO2 emissions by 54 tonnes per year which, over 10 years, is equivalent to planting 2,400 trees.
"Our relationship with Atlas Copco goes back more than 20 years," says PK Archarya, Senior President (Technical), Siyaram Silk Mills Limited. "When we need air, it is always supplied by Atlas Copco equipment. We believe in Atlas Copco because they are a quality supplier. Their services are good. They are way ahead of any other suppliers and just a phone call away. When we decide to expand further, we will definitely use Atlas Copcos AIRnet system."