If you are looking to purchase an air compressor, you most likely will also need a compressed air dryer. Water is a natural by-product of any compressed air process. When air is compressed, the moisture that is naturally present in the air is also compressed. When air leaves an aftercooler and moisture separator, it is typically saturated and as it cools while moving through distribution piping, it can condense, causing corrosion, contamination and other detrimental effects that result in low productivity, high maintenance costs and excessive downtime.
Here are the main two types of air dryers available depending on the type of air compressor you have:
Refrigerated Air Dryer
A refrigerated air dryer helps remove moisture from your compressed air system, that can be damaging to your equipment if not taken care of. The dryer cools incoming air which condenses the moisture into liquid that can then be drained from the unit. Outgoing air is heated so as not to allow the pipes to sweat.
Desiccant Air Dryer
A desiccant air dryer, also known as a regenerative dryer, works differently than the refrigerated air dryer.
In a desiccant air dryer, air passes through a pressure vessel that is filled with an absorbent material, which reduces the dew point. There are two cylinders, and while one is drying the air the other is regenerating. A desiccant air dryer can either be heated or heatless, depending on the type of air compressor you have.
To insure that your system doesn’t suffer these costly effects of moisture in compressed air, consider the compressed air dryer that’s right for you. We offer a full range of dryer types and various sized systems. To learn more about a specific dryer, click on a link below.
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