Electricity, space & ventilation. These are just some of the factors that need consideration before investing in a nitrogen generator and will ensure upgrading your gas supply is as hassle-free as possible.
Modernising your facility, by switching over from a traditional bulk nitrogen gas supply to a nitrogen gas generation system is actually a no brainer. It will put a stop to the endless admin, order processing and hazardous deliveries of bulk gas supplies to your facility – all of which wastes time, money & put your personnel at risk. Also, investing in a nitrogen generator means your site now has a guaranteed gas supply, which is never late and always available to deliver on-demand. Last but not least, you will make massive savings in the medium to long term – by never needing to pay for gas supplies again, you will significantly reduce your overhead and become a more efficient & sustainable operation.
So, making the decision to switch should be easy, right? Well, making the necessary changes can seem daunting, as it means stepping out-with your comfort zone & adapting from the way things have been done for years, if not decades. Why change when everything works? The answer is simple – because the benefits to your business speak for themselves & it could do so much better by taking control of something as simple as its process gas supply costs.
At Peak Gas Generation, we believe the decision is simple and therefore the process should reflect that too. That’s why we have put together a short list, so you know exactly what is required to upgrade your nitrogen supply to an on-site nitrogen generator system. Furthermore, by by choosing to work with Peak Gas Generation as your nitrogen gas supplier, the process will be even easier, as we will assist you at every stage.
Below is a basic list of requirements for uptake:
No matter which nitrogen gas supplier you choose, you will need to invest capital in the purchase & installation of an on-site nitrogen generation system. How much you will need to invest depends on the size of your operation, processing application requirements and any existing compressed air infrastructure – typically this means the investment cost of your system could range anywhere between £15K and £120K+. However, the good news is that with a Peak Gas nitrogen generator, our customers typically see a return on investment within 6-18 months, meaning that before long all the money you were spending on buying in gas supplies, starts adding to your business’ bottom-line.
To install a nitrogen gas generator system, you will need to allocate space within your facility – most likely in or around your plant rooms. How much space depends on the size of the system you require, as the footprint can vary based on the size of the infrastructure investment required. Determining the footprint of the system required for your facility and subsequently the space required to be allocated is easy with Peak, as when scoping your requirements, our technical specialists will visit your site and help to assess what setup will best fit in with your needs and limitations.
Environmental Control Systems
Most compressed air, filtration and nitrogen gas generation systems have specific environmental parameter recommendations for operation that must be adhered to. For example, ensuring ambient temperatures within the installation or plant room do not exceed 50°C and providing adequate ventilation & ducting for air compressors. Thankfully, the vast majority of facilities already have adequate heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in place – therefore, confirming suitability is largely a box ticking exercise. However, where there is uncertainty, our technical specialists will be on hand to advise and guide you on the system’s operational environment requirements.
It’s likely that your facility already has a full and expansive network of compressed air plumbing in place – most likely this will be for purpose of providing compressed air to operate pneumatic machinery; but also to transport the previously supplied gas throughout your facility to various points of use. Therefore, with this existing pipework in place, the investment on additional plumbing to connect up your new N2 generator should be minimal. However, it will be important to ensure that your existing piping network has been properly maintained, is leak proof and gets inspected on a regular basis. Thankfully your Facility Manager will most likely already have a periodic maintenance schedule in place, where this is conducted frequently enough to ensure all other machinery within the facility is capable of operation.
Like all plant machinery, your nitrogen generator system will need electricity to operate – so the main consideration here is whether there is an adequate supply of electricity, firstly, for any additional compressor that needs to be installed; and secondly, for all the various items of air filtration and of course the nitrogen generator. It should be noted that an air compressor typically requires a three-phase power supply, whereas air filtration and nitrogen gas generation systems require single-phase sockets – all ideally within approximately 1.5m of the planned installation location. As most manufacturing and processing facilities already have in-house air compressors and other electrical equipment, getting access to the required power supplies is often as simple as utilising what is already on-site or slightly modifying the existing connections to accommodate.
Optional - Existing Compressed Air & Treatment
Often a facility will have an existing & surplus compressed air supply, as well as many of the necessary air treatment systems – all of which can be utilised to feed your new N2 generator installation. If so then great! However, where this is not the case, this is not a problem either as Peak Gas Generation can supply all the required equipment alongside our nitrogen generator.
Confidence to make the change
Changing from your existing traditional methods of gas supply over to a N2 generator may seem intimidating, especially when you know that your existing approach currently works for you and that it is critical to the day to day operation of your business. However, the benefits are very real and very much achievable, all within a relatively short time, therefore these should not be overlooked. In a world where the drives for leaner manufacturing, processing efficiency, cost reduction, sustainability & low carbon footprints are increasingly at the forefront of every discussion, industry agenda & best practice, it makes more than just economic sense to make the decision to switch away from expensive & wasteful methods of bulk gas supply.
At Peak Gas Generation we will make the process of switching from your nitrogen gas supplier as simple as possible, keeping you fully informed and aware of what is needed throughout every stage. Thus ensuring you can invest in a Peak nitrogen generator with confidence and subsequently reap the many rewards of fully owning & meeting your requirements for process gas, in-house.
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Majority of industries buy nitrogen gas supplies via nitrogen cylinder packs, others meet their needs through liquid nitrogen dewars, micro-bulk tanks or bulk liquid nitrogen delivery. There is a better, more sustainable & safer option. Reduce the cost of nitrogen gas to your organisation & become self-sufficient. Find out how much you can save with a Peak nitrogen generator system.