What is Contaminating Your Compressed Air?

What is Contaminating Your Compressed Air?

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Clean, dry, oil free compressed air and gas is a basic need for many industries. One drop of unwanted oil can cause an entire automated process to malfunction. It can cause seals in pneumatic valves and cylinders to swell, resulting in sluggish operation – or in worst cases, complete seizure of moving parts.

3 things that can contaminate your compressed air system and ruin your product or processes:

  1. Solid particles come from ambient air contaminants like dust and from rusted, oxidized pipework. They will cause pneumatic equipment to malfunction, cause instrument and control failures, and contaminate end products.
  2. Condensed water droplets come from the humidity in ambient air. Water will oxidize pipework and pneumatic equipment, ruin paint finishes and end products.
  3. Liquid oil and oil vapors are introduced by compressor lubricants and by hydrocarbon vapors present in ambient air. Oil-free compressed air is particularly important in food and pharmaceutical processes.Compressed Air Filters effectively and efficiently remove solid particles, remnants of oil, water mist and other liquid from compressed air and gas which can…
    • wear out pneumatic machinery
    • block valves and orifices, causing high maintenance
    • corrode piping systems which cause costly air leaks
    • result in abrupt equipment stoppages, lost product, time and money