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Compressed Air Operations Manual

An Illustrated Guide to Selection, Installation, and Maintenance

Brian Elliott

Effectively Specify, Install, Maintain, Operate, and Improve Compressed Air Systems

This manual is essential reading for anyone requiring a concise working knowledge of compressed air systems, support equipment, and pneumatic applications.

A must read for those responsible for specifying a new system, maintaining or improving an existing one, or using delivered air for a given application, Compressed Air Operations Manual delivers the background information necessary to make informed, dollar-smart decisions regarding compressed air requirements.

Extensively illustrated and easy to understand, Compressed Air Operations Manual covers such key topics as:

  • Compressed air applications
  • Compressor types
  • The conservation of energy as it applies to compressed air, compression systems, and compressed air dryers
  • Designing or specifying compression systems
  • Evaluating existing systems

The author includes two compressed air projects that provide valuable hands-on experience along with tips and techniques that can be applied to both new and existing systems.

* Compressed Air History * Pneumatic Applications * Compressor Types * Compressed Air Sources * Compressed Air Dryers * Support Components * Pneumatic Controls * Electrical Controls * System Maintenance * Energy Management * System Models * Specifying a System * Air Audits



Chapter 1. The History of Compressed Air

Chapter 2. Compressed Air Applications

Chapter 3. Compressor Types

Chapter 4. The Conservation of Mass and Energy as Applied to Compressed Air

Chapter 5. The Compressed Air Supply

Chapter 6. Compressed Air DryersChapter 7. Support Components

Chapter 8. Pneumatic Controls

Chapter 9. Electrical Controls

Chapter 10. Maintenance

Chapter 11. Energy and Costs Associated with Compressed Air

Chapter 12. System Models

Chapter 13: Specifying a Compression System

Chapter 14: Conducting an Air Audit

Chapter 15: Single-Stage Home-Built Air Compressor

Chapter 16: Home-Built Compressed Air Drying System

Appendix A: Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations

Appendix B: Miscellaneous Technical Information

Appendix C: Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Laws and Regulations Concerning Compressed Air

Appendix D: Answers to Chapter Questions


Biographical notes:

Brian S. Elliott is Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing at Air-Options, Inc. With more than thirty years of experience, he is responsible for managing all engineering, manufacturing, field operations, and sales efforts within the company.

Brian also oversees all product engineering specifications, R&D, prototyping, testing, and production design activities on all new products.

Hardcover - 6 x 9-1/4 in.
407 Pages


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