Ten Tips for Quality Compressed Air

These suggestions are some of the most effective actions that a design professional can take to design a quality pneumatic-air system-and to ensure that it is maintained correctly...

03/01/2001


These suggestions are some of the most effective actions that a design professional can take to design a quality pneumatic-air system-and to ensure that it is maintained correctly:

  • Maintain a low dew point, but not lower than what is needed.

 

  • Filter the air of harmful particulates.

 

  • Avoid bypasses to filters and dryers.

 

  • Get as much of the oil out as possible.

 

  • Consider going to an oil-free system.

 

  • Convert to heat-of-compression dryers.

 

  • Consider a desiccant dryer for only part of the system, if only a small part is exposed to the outdoors.

 

  • Avoid installing a refrigerated dryer upstream of a heatless desiccant dryer.

 

  • Find and fix leaks.

 

  • Consider variable-speed-drive (VSD) compressors.

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