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Compressed Air Systems

  • Date(s)
    Tuesday, 18 February 2020
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members:  €345
    Non-Members: €425

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    7 hours   C1

Learning Objectives

Compressed air systems account for 10% of all electricity and roughly 16% of all motor system energy use with 70% of all manufacturing plants having some form of compressed air system. In the UK, it is estimated that many unmanaged systems waste 30-40% of the compressed air produced. Compressed air is unique in that it is generated onsite, rather than supplied, which means that it can be a major part of the energy consumption of a plant, and it is seen as the fourth utility.

This course is for those who want to gain knowledge about compressed air. This course will introduce the main principles and uses of modern compressed air systems.

It will focus on compressor basics, capacity controls, air treatment and distribution systems and how to measure and create a baseline of system performance, and determine the impact of different compressor control types. ISO 11011 will be used as a basis to assess the energy efficiency of a compressed air system. This standard sets out requirements for conducting an energy efficiency assessment covering 3 aspects of compressed air systems - Supply, Transmission and Demand. It also covers analysis of the assessment data, documents the findings and accurately estimates the energy savings which will be achieved.


The primary objective is to give each delegate a fundamental knowledge of the basic principles of compressed air systems. It will look at an overview of compressed air and why it is used and focus on the various compressed air system components. An explanation of the important technical concepts relating to air quality and the use of ISO 11011 for conducting and reporting the results of a compressed air system assessment.

The course will cover, but is not limited to;

  • Properties of air
  • Demand and supply side
  • Compressed air generation
  • Compressor controls
  • Compressed air quality
  • Major components of compressed air system
  • Plantwide distribution of compressed air
  • Trap and drains operating principles
  • Leaks as a source of waste
  • Inappropriate uses of compressed air
  • Use of ISO 11011 for compressed air energy efficiency assessment

Who should attend?

This course is focused to the needs of chemical, instrumentation, maintenance, and mechanical engineers and technicians involved in the selection, sizing, specification, installation, operation and maintenance of compressed air systems. The industries that this course would be relevant to are the biopharma, food and beverage, water and waste water, pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing and power generation or any industry that uses compressed air.


There are no prerequisites necessary for this course.

Trainer's Profile

Gerard Nagle has previously worked for Emerson Process Management with extensive experience with Fisher control valves. He also has extensive experience with Farris pressure relief valves. Currently, Gerard is a lecturer in DIT Bolton Street in the department of Mechanical Engineering. He lecturers modules on Fluid Mechanics and Unit Operations. Gerard has a M.Sc. in Process Systems Engineering from Cranfield University.

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18 February 2020


"Informative and enjoyable"

"Very good, very engaging, very thorough"

Ruth Fennell, Fingleton White: "Excellent overview of compressed air systems. Very good for those who have no technical experience/knowledge of CAS."


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