It’s been a hot and humid summer, producing more than double the normal amount of 90-degree days here in Michigan. And with September looming, you can bet that more are on the way.
This is bad news for compressed air systems. In order for compressed air systems to perform properly, the air must be dry. Once warn and humid Michigan air enters into a compressor, the vapor turns to liquefied water once the air gets too cold to retain any more vapor. Liquid in compressed air systems can block control air lines, damage air tools and cause seal and bearing damage to pneumatic cylinders. Moisture also can cause spools and pistons to pit. A sluggish or stuck cylinder could create costly downtime.
Fortunately, getting clean and dry air is pretty easy. Water separators such as Parker’s P3TF Bulk Liquid Separator remove bulk liquid contamination. Bulk liquids are large water droplets, as opposed to fine mist or aerosol. Sometimes referred to as a cyclone separator, the P3TF has an internal device that causes compressed air to spin. This forces water droplets to fall to the bottom of the separator and liquid is then purged from the air system with an automatic drain valve.
The P3TF should be installed immediately after the air compressor and before the air dryers as a pre-filter. The P3TF has high liquid removal efficiencies at all flow rates, is low maintenance, and is available in multiple port sizes. The P3TF also provides peace-of-mind as it extends the life of refrigeration and desiccant dryers.
A bulk liquid separator used in conjunction with standard air prep filtration and drying units will keep compressed air systems clean, dry, and trouble free.