Compressed Air as a Utility - Serving Industrial Complexes and
Large Manufacturing Sites
Large volume users
of compressed air increasingly find that outsourcing the
ownership and operation of compressed dry air production systems
can provide many benefits. Consider the advantages of having UCA be
your compressed air provider.
With UCA, you can Elevate your
system's performance, so that you can focus on your core business;
Transform air compression from being a burden on your core operations;
and achieve greater Success for your company with UCA's lower air supply
costs and higher reliability.
UCA provides, operates, and maintains complete compressed dry air supply systems
consisting of air
compressors, air dryers, cooling towers, advanced
control systems for energy optimization, power control systems, and
buildings; all customized and optimized for the specific site and its
unique compressed air demand pattern.
will deliver your full range of volume requirements, at the
required pressures and quality, 100% of the time.
By choosing UCA as your provider of "over-the-fence"
clean, dry, plant air; large volume compressed air users benefit from
decades of experience of its personnel as suppliers of
air separation plants and equipment and the full range of related installation, operations
and maintenance services; while avoiding the
burdens of making initial and recurring capital investments and ongoing
internal operations and maintenance costs which are associated with monitoring
and maintaining a utility-like
plant air supply operation.
Air compression and drying systems, although critical to the operation of
many industrial complexes and manufacturing sites, are, for most
compressed air users, a
peripheral operation; not a core business
However, for UCA, installation and operation of compression and drying
systems are well-developed areas of design and operational expertise.
Compressed Dry Air as an "Over-the-Fence"
Utility from UCA?
UCA brings the
experience and perspective of an industrial gas company to its
compressed dry air supply services. Air separation plants are
routinely designed and operated to provide
100% system supply reliability. UCA dry compressed air solutions
build upon this experience base, and add controlled redundancy
coupled with partial load operation alternatives to
provide both high efficiency and high flexibility in its air supply
UCA on-site compressed dry air (CDA)
supply systems apply proven
industrial gas equipment design and selection criteria to the design, installation and
operation of its "over the fence', on-site, plant air
air supply solutions employ compression and drying components which individually
have very high reliability and availability. We enhance the robustness of the total supply system
with cost effective redundancy for key components, routine preventative maintenance
programs and optimized control systems.
When you choose UCA as your
compressed air provider, you can focus maximum attention and
resources on your core business - those
operations which your company knows well, and which make your
company unique. With UCA as your Compressed Dry Air provider,
compressed air can truly be considered by your core operations team
to be a "fourth utility" - reliable and cost effective.
Your company will no longer have
investments, and deal with unscheduled maintenance in what is should
be a utility system supporting your
You do not have
to worry about, and budget
for, unplanned maintenance of a company owned system.
Your key operations and maintenance personnel and resources can
focus on your core business activities and equipment.
than a plant air supplier to our customers - we are an operational partner.
UCA Brings Industrial Gas Company Expertise to Compressed Air Supply
Systems and their Operation
The supply and
operation of cryogenic air separation
plants, which produce nitrogen, oxygen and argon to support the operation
many types of industrial operations, are core business activities of
industrial gas providers.
UCA personnel understand that our customers must have a very reliable
source for these materials. UCA began as a specialized
off-shoot of UIG, which supplies and operates air separation plants
to support the operation of
chemical companies, oil refineries, steel mills and many other types
Every cryogenic air
separation facility has air compression and drying operations as
critical "front end" systems. The reliability and operational
flexibility of the entire air separation and purification system
depends upon ensuring reliable operation of these "front end" compression, drying, and impurity
The Industrial Gas Industry typically achieves 99.8% on-stream time
for air compressors, without
UCA incorporates this air separation plant engineering and operations experience
into the design, operation and maintenance of stand-alone dry
compressed air supply systems; while adding cost-effective redundancy and
the production rate flexibility needed to reliably deal with the demand
fluctuations of CDA users.
UCA dry compressed air
supply systems are designed around:
Quality equipment and component
Robust standards for the design of
controls, motors, electrical systems and cooling systems.
A design approach that focuses on
lowest energy cost coupled with system reliability, operability and
flexibility, plus ease of maintenance,
constructability, and longevity.
As a compressed air
supplier, UCA systems use the same proven techniques
employed in air
separation system design and operation:
Corporate safety standards and proven
industry practices assure safe and highly reliable
preventive and routine maintenance programs avoid unscheduled outages.
Remote monitoring and analysis
assist local operations personnel with
Automated call out systems alert
local, regional, and national backup and support personnel
to potential problems, assuring
rapid, targeted response to system warning messages and alarms.
Why Our Customers Choose UCA Air Supply Services
UCA is a partner
We adapt to customer specifications, terms and conditions, site
construction and labor rules, cyber-security protocols, etc.
Our customers trust that our equipment and component selection will be in
their best interest; reflecting careful assessment of what is
required to meet their current compressed air demand patterns and
their projections of future supply requirements in the most reliable manner.
Our customers value our design and operating experience when working to
define solutions for their requirements (purchase specs, scope of work, etc.).
We “speak the same language.”
the scope of work definition is out of the way, conversations often
lead to how to optimize NPV evaluation, IRR, total evaluated costs, base facility
charges, financing costs, permits, etc. – all typical conversation
in the air separation world.
Top class project engineering and operations ability
Proven, highly experienced technical experts from across the industry
We provide personal service, stand behind our work, are more flexible and, more
We provide the best project which supports current and future
the lowest total cost through efficiency and reliability
UCA Delivers What is Needed, When Needed
Audit and assessment of current compressed air demand patterns and
future supply requirements
Compact, durable designs with good access for O&M;
with location and layout optimized
Projects executed on-time and under budget with minimal effort on
the part of the customer
Smooth transition from existing air system to the new air
Sound maintenance planning, rapid
troubleshooting and response to emergencies, with prompt availability of
We will meet or exceed our system reliability targets
UCA is Committed
UCA is committed to provide more service to our
customers than others think necessary; to care more for our customers,
employees and community than others think wise; and to be more technically
innovative than others think practical.
ke a change for the better. Change to UCA.