Whether you feel it or not, there is always water in air. As the temperature changes, the moisture in the air will also change. The hot, humid days in New York can create moisture in all kinds of places. One of these common places is your Atlas Copco air compressor.
While it is impossible to completely prevent water in you compressed air system, you can get rid of most of it. This can be done in stages in your Atlas Copco compressed air system.
Because air compressors are used for a variety of applications, there are many solutions for drying compressed air. Depending on your location and application of your compressed air, we can find the best solution for removing water from your compressed air system.
1. Drain the Air Compressor Tank
The first and easiest step to take is to drain your tank. Keeping moisture out of your airlines begins with frequently draining our air compressor tank.
If you are having a difficult time reaching the tank’s drain valve, there are drain extension kits that help with accessibility. Additionally, there are automatic tank drains that you can set timers to that will drain the tank for you.
Atlas Copco offers a wide range of refrigerant dryers that are a cost-effective solution. While moisture is inevitable, there are simple solutions such as refrigerant dryers that are designed to effectively dry your compressed air.
3. Improve Air Quality with a Filter
Adding filtration to your system will further improve your compressed air system. This is especially necessary for those of us in New York, where we are subject to the summer’s high heat and humidity.
Pre and final filters will not only protect the dryer, but will remove water and particles. As stated above, compressed air is naturally contaminated with water and particles. For this reason, simply adding a filter will help dry your air.
Dangers of Untreated Compressed Air
When the air is compressed, the moisture and particle count will increase. Oil and water will condense into droplets, and then mix with particles. When you do not dry or treat your compressed air, this sludge mixture will get into you compressed air system. This can effect your final product by damaging pipework, tools, and compromise your daily activities.
Poor Air Quality = High Costs
As stated above, these fine particles and water vapor can create a sludge-type mixture. This sludge may seem harmless at first, but it will build until it costs you hefty repair and replacement costs.
Some expensive problems associated with not treating and drying your air can be tool and equipment breakdown, reduced power, quality degradation of your final product, pipe corrosion, and loss of valuable compressed air.
Dry Air Will Save You Money
Drying you air will protect your pipes, protect your production, and ensure that your system is running seamlessly.