In the manufacturing space, water can easily become problematic as it turns into condensation when your air compressor is in use. Small to medium-sized businesses may need to turn to alternative methods as they budget toward purchasing a dedicated air compressor dryer for their operational needs.

With our expertise, we have put together a helpful guide to different types of compressed air drying methods that you can consider.

Aftercooler (Air-Cooled)

This strange-looking piece of equipment can seem highly technical but has a simple setup. Warm, compressed air fills the bottom of the machine and then works its way through the internal tubes before exiting into the moisture separator. During this process, most “water” is reduced in the air and filtered out.

Aftercooler (Water-Cooled) 

Similar to the air-cooled system, water-cooled aftercoolers are frequently used in various industries because they give you better control over the outflow of air. The machine uses a specific liquid coolant that passes through a multitude of components and draws out the heat of the compressed air.

Refrigeration Drying 

Another popular method is making use of refrigeration drying to address condensation buildup in your facility. It is further separated into cycling and non-cycling systems, but they share the same methodology in that they both cool compressed air almost to freezing temperatures to push out as much water as possible.

Desiccant Air Dryers

Desiccant dryers provide you with the clean, dry air you need to extend the life of your equipment and ensure the quality of your end product. All air dryers incorporate unique, patented technology and energy-saving options. 

While this is not an exhaustive list of alternatives, it can give you a better understanding of the processes and systems used. Depending on your choice of air compressor drying method, you will find that specific methods can have significant advantages, from low maintenance and readily available equipment to cost-effectiveness,

With the high costs associated with running a full-on production facility, regardless of the nature of your business, you are aware of how expensive equipment can become, although buying the appropriate machines is beneficial in the long run for cost savings and optimized efficiency.

This informative article can help guide you into making a considerable decision for your business, whether for the short- or long-term. 

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