Compressed air is highly versatile and is used in a range of industries to power various types of machinery and equipment. However, these industries are said to be “responsible for a significant proportion of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions”. The government stated in their Carbon Plan that energy efficiency needs to increase across all sectors in order for the UK to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050. This means energy use per capita will need to be a fifth and a half lower than it is today. If you use compressed air, there are a number of simple actions you can take to improve your energy efficiency, such as ensuring regular maintenance is carried out on the air compressor, reducing air leaks, and heat recovery from the compressor motor etc.
These checks are crucial to carrying out on your equipment; according to the Energy Saving Fact Sheet by Carbon Trust, “compressed air leaking through a single 3mm hole could cost you over £500 per year!”
Once these actions are carried out, you must look deeper into the equipment being used and consider whether these are the most efficient available. There are a number of different pneumatically driven products used within the manufacturing industry and Air-Operated Diaphragm Pumps are one of the most expensive to run. An average 2” air pump running all day during the working week can cost in excess of £2000 per year, so to invest in a more efficient Diaphragm Pump could not only make a huge difference to your emissions but also your energy costs.
You’re probably thinking, “are they going on about their Low Energy Pump AGAIN?!”…well, yes, we are! When we have a product this good, why wouldn’t we keep talking about it?! We only want the best for our customers, so we feel it’s important we tell you everything you need to know about our Low Energy Air Pump (LEAP), because, at the end of the day, we don’t NEED to push our LEAP Technology; it sells itself, we’re just trying to help you! So why not read on? We think you’ll like what we have to say… LEAP can reduce your production energy consumption by up to 70%, meaning you can save money on your energy bills. How you ask? Let’s talk you through it…
LEAP’s bar starting pressure is 0.1 Bar – the lowest starting pressure of ANY pump on the market! Put this up against a standard Air Operated Diaphragm Pump, and it won’t get going until it hits 2 Bar! That’s quite a gap, isn’t it? Our Low Energy Air Pump was independently tested in a large factory, see the results for yourself here: LEAP Beats Leading American Diaphragm Pump!
The Low Energy Air Pump Technology has been designed and manufactured in house by our very own Tapflo UK engineers. We’re extremely proud of our technology and believe that any of you out there working within a business using Diaphragm Pumps should certainly be considering our LEAP Technology.
Your old Diaphragm Pump is producing unnecessary costs for your company!
It’s very easy when you’re given a budget at work to get a product that fits usage requirements and financial constraints, but how often do you think about the product you’re buying in the long term? How often have you considered trying to get products over your budget approved because you know that in the long run, it’ll save the company money?
Whilst industrial pumps have a longer life span, sometimes of 50 years or more, making a rash decision to fit an initial budget could hang over your company, and your head, for 50+ years! Pumps that are driven by compressed air can add considerably to your yearly business costs, but if your application doesn’t require the power of a typical Air Operated Diaphragm Pump (AODD), then buying an AODD that fits your budget could be one of those rash decisions that we mentioned.
When purchasing a pump, it’s important to pay particular attention to the total Life Cycle Costs (LCC) of the pump. When calculating this, you need to consider factors including, but not limited to, the initial pump cost, installation costs, downtime costs, operation costs and energy costs. Our Low Energy Air Pump Technology (LEAP) can help to lower the LCC compared to a standard AODD. Here’s how…
We also offer a range of accessories that can be connected to your LEAP pump for extra energy saving.
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Tapflo’s Guardian System accessory is particularly helpful at reducing your Diaphragm Pump’s energy consumption and also aids in protecting the parts within the pump. We also supply accessories that can help improve the life expectancy of the pump and its parts which can aid in reducing the costs of repairs for the pump. Don’t let a tight budget decide what’s best for your company, decide for yourself by looking at all the facts. Invest in a pump that will look after your business.
Take a look at the graph below comparing the fluid flow against the air pressure required, between a standard Air-Operated Diaphragm Pump and Tapflo’s Low Energy Air Pump. At 0.5 Bar air pressure, our LEAP Technology kicked into action producing approximately 27.5 l/min. The standard Diaphragm Pump took quite a bit longer, not even starting to operate until it was supplied with 1.1 Bar air pressure, and was only able to produce 5 l/min.
This just goes to show that your standard Air Operated Diaphragm Pumps require a huge amount of energy simply to overcome the resistance within the pump. The energy required to do this is a direct correlation to the pressure you have to put into the pump. Therefore, by reducing the amount of air pressure required to operate the pump, you can significantly reduce the operating costs of the pump.
To put this in laymen’s terms: a Tapflo customer asked us for a 2” Diaphragm Pump to run continuously for 5 days a week, 48 weeks per year, producing 150 l/min at 1 Bar operating pressure. Based on the British Compressed Air Society figures of £0.01 to £0.03 to produce 1000 Litres of compressed air, a standard pump would cost an average of £1843.20 per year.
By converting to the LEAP Technology, this customer would save £652.64 a year per pump!
If only there was some kind of incredible, low energy technology out there to allow pumping at a lower air pressure… Hello?!
We have even taken it upon ourselves to test our Low Energy Air Pump against a standard Air Operated Diaphragm Pump for you in the video below, to prove just how good our LEAP Technology is!
If you’re STILL thinking “is LEAP right for me?” then go back to the top and read this over again… because Tapflo’s Low Energy Air Pump is taking over the pump game and you don’t want to get left behind!
If you’re pressed for time, then I have 3 simple questions for you.
If you answered yes to all of these questions, then a wise man might say that a smart air compression investment would be Tapflo’s LEAP Technology!
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