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Even with a properly installed refrigerated air dryer located at or near the air compressor site, the fact that your plumbing is exposed to the changes in temperature will allow moisture to reappear along this route.  Even worse is when the plumbing is allowed to sag or have low spots to drop around a structure or object.  This low spot will, over time fill with moisture, and perhaps compressor oils, that at some point will move down stream into your pneumatic tool, or spray paint application, all at one time.  The best advice to make sure this does not happen is to install a properly sized compressed air filter at the point of use.

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Compressed Air Filter Applications

The need for filtering compressed air to make it usable is vast. Compressed air is not usable as a utility directly from the compressor source.  It needs to be prepared and cleaned by a compressed air filter or dryer to various levels of cleanliness, depending on the task at hand. Spray painting, blasting, pneumatic tool preservation, surface preparation, pneumatic controller protection, and worker safety are just a few of the needs for clean, compressed air.

In today’s workplace, compressed air is the other utility that must be prepared to a level of cleanliness necessary for the task at hand. It seems to be the utility that is most often used and normally given the least attention or thought.

Often compressed air is overlooked and misunderstood. The use of compressed air is an ever increasing demand. That said, compressing air and sending it downstream through a system of plumbed lines is not a usable commodity. When we compress the ambient air, we squeeze the water moisture that is held in the air, into the tank where it becomes liquid. This liquid mixes with the oil used to lubricate the compressor. Then this oil/water moisture travels downstream and picks up contamination from the lines and hoses, which is all then deposited into the tool being used or the object subjected to the compressed air stream. All of these issues are not acceptable.Diagram of compressed air filters and hoses

What makes an effective compressed air system?

The proper planning, sizing, and filtering are all a necessary part of the equation in putting together an effective compressed air system. From the compressor type and size, to the storage vessel, to the pre-filtration, to the plumbing type and style to run the lines, to the final point of use filtration, all components are unique and deserve the proper attention to detail to expect clean and dry compressed air when and where it is needed. Standard filters will not provide the clean dry air expected. Our patented two stage filter unit will perform like a coalescing filter to provide the removal of liquids and contaminates regardless of the flow rate up to its rated capacity.

The result desired by cleaning the compressed air is to provide a quality result and at the same time protection for the worker and their air driven tools and equipment to achieve the desired results. Our patented two stage compressed air filter functions as a coalescing filter.

Walmec North America is ready to help you with your needs to provide the right compressed air filtration and systems, to assist you in providing the proper quality air for the need or task. Contact us today for more information about compressed air filters, compressed air dryers and absolute micron filters.

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