Compressed Air Systems


1-day course

CPD Credit: 6.5 hours, C1

Course Overview

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.

Course Aim

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 working with pumps across the biopharma, food, water and wastewater, chemical and power generation sectors.

Trainer's Profile

Ger Nagle

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 TU Dublin in the department of Mechanical Engineering. He lectures modules on Fluid Mechanics and Unit Operations. Gerard has a M.Sc. in Process Systems Engineering from Cranfield University.


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

“Informative and enjoyable”

“Very good, very engaging, very thorough”

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email