Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems


Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems

0.8 CEU / 8 PDH


9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 / Atlanta, GA 
(held in conjunction with WEEC 2012) 
Workshop held at Georgia World Congress Center

Register for Workshop



This is a one-day introductory course designed to teach facility engineers, operators and maintenance staff how to achieve 15-25% cost savings through more effective production and use of compressed air. Participants will learn how to:

  1. Calculate the energy cost of compressed air in their facility;
  2. Improve compressed air system efficiency and reliability;
  3. Identify inappropriate uses of compressed air;
  4. Establish a baseline by which they can measure improvements in compressed air performance and efficiency;
  5. Match system supply to actual production requirements for pressure and flow;
  6. Find and fix leaks;
  7. Establish a leak prevention program, and
  8. Better control compressed air to improve productivity and profitability.

When you register, you will be sent an information packet including materials you will complete prior to the training. This information will be critical as you use data to calculate cost and performance in your specific facility.



Why Care About Air?

  • Compressed Air Challenge questionnaire
  • Pre-workshop assignment

Understand Your Demands

  • What is demand side?
  • Typical components of demand
  • Inappropriate uses of compressed air
  • Common leak locations and how to fix them

Are You on Base?

  • Baselining basics and techniques

Lunch (60 minutes)
Stay Under Control

  • Controls, part-load efficiency, and storage
  • Using controls - pros and cons

Maintain System Efficiency

  • Simple, quick cost cutting measures
  • System demand profile

Get With the Plan

  • Seven Step Action Plan
  • Personal action plan

Summary and Evaluation



Joe Ghislain is currently Manager, Lean Supplier Optimization –Powertrain and a 6-Sigma Black Belt in Ford Motor Company's Lean Supplier Optimization Group. He has had over 23 years in the Automotive Industry and over 29 years experience with Energy, Powerhouse Operations, Compressed Air Systems, and Operational/Manufacturing Efficiency Improvements. Some of the positions he has held include: Licensed Stationary Engineer, Power House Chief Engineer, Corporate Energy Engineer, Manufacturing Planning Manager, & Manager of Energy Efficiency Programs where he was responsible for developing and implementing energy management programs to reduce energy cost and usage through increased operational efficiency and improved energy practices (including compressed air system improvements) within all of Ford's plants and divisions globally.

Joe has been part of the Compressed Air Challenge since its inceptions, serving on the Project Development Committee, Technical Advisory Committee, and as the End User Representative on Board of Directors. He is an instructor for both CAC Fundamentals and Advanced Compressed Air System Training and contributed to the development of both courses, as well as the Improving Compressed Air System Performance: A Sourcebook for Industry a CAC/ DOE Publication.

Joe received his B.S.E.E.T. from DeVry Institute of Technology and his M.A. in Business Management and Energy from DePaul University. He is a Registered Environmental Manager through NREP and both a Certified Energy Manager and Certified Sustainable Development Professional through AEE. Joe has authored/co-authored many technical papers on Energy and compressed air that have been published by a number of sources including, AEE, ACEEE, ECEE, SAE, SME and Plant Services.

Joe serves on several energy committees including US Council for Energy Efficient Manufacturing, ISO 50001 US Technical Advisory Group (TAG), ANSI-GTEEMC Energy Management Standard Consensus Board, and ASME Industrial Energy Systems Assessment Committee.