More on Compressed Air Leaks…

Thanks to an informative business meeting earlier this week in Barrie, ON; LCA will be offering Ultrasonic Leak detection services to our customers. Thanks to Iain, Biren and Steven for the eye opening information and showing me just HOW much money we can potentially save our customers.  In some of their recent case studies they were able to shut off 2 of 3 compressors for their customers!  Absolutely mind blowing!!

Iain posted recently on Linkedin and I will share here on our blog:

I’m very frank in my discussions with customers.  I have little understanding (and tolerance) for accepting leaks as a cost of doing business. As a former accountant, it boggles my mind that leaks exist on the scale they do.

Folks, compressed air is bloody expensive!  You wouldn’t tolerate $2,000 worth of parts disappearing from your warehouse every month.  You wouldn’t pay employees for 40 hours not worked.

Train someone on your maintenance staff to manage the leaks.  They don’t go away.  For every 3 repaired, another is formed.  Leak
management is proactive and no different than payroll management or inventory management.

Guess what is #1 on the Top 10 Air Audit Recommendations?


Ultrasonic Leak Detection

LCA is now offering Ultrasonic Leak Detection to our customers – #energysavings 

An excerpt taken from – regarding leak detection… number one on the “Top 10 Targets of Air Audits” – PLUG THOSE LEAKS!!!

1. Plug those leaks
“One of the most common problems is leaks,” says Wayne Perry, technical director, Kaeser Compressors ( “Studies indicate that as much as 35% of the compressed air produced in the market today is wasted to leaks, and everyone has leaks.” Identifying and correcting them may save not only the purchase price of a compressor, but reduce the amount of energy needed to run the compressor.

“It has been our experience that plants which have no formal, monitored, disciplined, compressed air leak-management program will have a cumulative leak level equal to 30% to 50% of the total air demand,” adds Henry van Ormer, engineer and owner of Air Power USA ( Every 8 cfm to 12 cfm leak can cost you $800 to $1,200 per year.

Van Ormer suggests setting up a short-term leak inspection program so that every sector of the plant is inspected once each quarter to identify and repair leaks. “Inspections should be conducted with a high-quality ultrasonic leak locator during production and nonproduction,” he recommends. “A record should be kept of all findings, corrective measures and overall results.”

Afterward, he suggests setting up programs to monitor the air flow to each department and making each department responsible for identifying its air usage as a measurable part of the expense for that area.

If you get rid of leaks, you might cause other problems. “Elimination of waste, such as leakage and artificial demand, may result in reduced loading on compressors that are not equipped to turn down efficiently,” says Mike Bakalyar, manager, enhanced services, Gardner Denver ( Dynamic efficiency may actually degrade, resulting in very little positive effect on energy usage (Table 1). Waste has been reduced, but the cost recovery shifts to compressor controls.

CP Compressors Canada a Div of Atlas Copco Canada


Did you know that CP Compressors Canada is a division of Atlas Copco Compressors Canada ?  As a master distributor for CP Compressors Canada, we are pleased to offer our customers access to one of the leading companies in the design and manufacture of industrial compressors, including tank-mounted and dryer versions.

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