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Is it really so Important that my Compressed Air is Clean and Dry?

Compressed air treatment is of number one importance in order to run your factory efficiently, both economically and ensuring output. Effective compressed air treatment protects the machinery that you will have spent thousands having designed, installed and maintained. Minimising machinery downtime ensures good throughput. By using clean, dry compressed air, your plant operating costs will be reduced. Within this blog we will discuss the reasons why using clean and dry compressed air is really so important.

In order to understand why compressed air treatment is paramount, it is best to understand what would happen if you didn’t treat your compressed air: Dirt, water and oil- the 3 enemies to your compressed air. These are the 3 nuisances to your air compressors, and letting them inside the system will mean that they will become deposited on the inner surfaces of your fittings and pipes, which in time would cause an increase in pressure drop in the line. Having reduced pressure at the point of use results in a lower performance efficiency, which in the end amounts to money lost in lost production time, and extra maintenance costs. Having water in its liquid form contaminate the pipes leads to corrosion, which of course means parts will need replacing quicker, and particles of corrosion can damage the equipment by blocking valves, fittings and instrument control lines. In cold conditions, the water can freeze, also leading to blockages.

Interestingly, in the past water within compressed air plants was tolerated. To avoid frozen water blocking pipes, alcohol was added into the production line, and heaters were used to separate water and contaminants. But as the use of air compression systems has increased and the introduction of much more sophisticated controls and devices, the need for these not so effective traditional methods of air compressor treatment to be improved, became much greater. The latest air compressor technology has helped to produce clean and dry compressed air by developing different solutions: including compressed air dryers, oil filters, dust filters, water taps.

If oil contaminant is a major problem in your compressed air treatment it will be worthwhile in investing in additional filtration which can remove oil levels down to 0.003 PPM , its always worth speaking to an expert to discuss an effective air compression treatment plan tailored to the needs of your specific factory.

Atmospheric dirt and dust, and water will affect all air compressors whether oil lubricated or oil free; so for all compressed air systems, finding a suitable compressed air treatment plan will always be necessary. Consulting an experienced air compressor engineer will be useful as there are many different options to ensure air purity, such as:

• Aftercoolers: which reduce the temperature and water content of the compressed air.
• Bulk Liquid Separators: these remove condensed liquid in the distribution system.
• Particulate Filters: these removed solid particulate contaminants and separate bulk liquids.
• Coalescing Filters: these remove liquid aerosols and particles.
• Refrigeration Dryers
• Desiccant Dryers
• Membrane Dryers

A well designed compressed air system will ensure that the compressed air treatment takes place before the air enters the distribution system. Often compressed air is used for numerous applications within one factory. So ensuring the compressed air is clean and dry guarantees the most economical solution, and protects all parts of the compressed air system.

Glaston Compressor Services Ltd has a large team of experienced and highly qualified service engineers who service, maintain, supply, and design compressed air systems across the whole of the UK. Glaston’s focus is always on finding the most energy efficient way to meet your output goals, whether in the food, packing, or automotive industry- Glaston supplies air compressor solutions to a diverse range of industry types. Bringing together nearly 40 years in industry, Glaston is the ‘go-to’ name for air compressors, and is proud to be an authorised distributor of the world class HPC Kaeser Compressors.

To find out more about compressed air, vacuum blowers and nitrogen generation, contact Glaston today.

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