How many filters do you need for your compressor?
It’s one of the more common questions that compressed air operators face when optimizing their operations and trying to improve systems productivity. And it’s a question that must be answered by examining the type of application the company is completing and how filtration systems might improve that application. Within this blog post, we’ll the review the role filters play within compressed air systems.
Consider Filter Locations
The location of required filtration systems will depend on the type of application the plant is completing. Experts recommend that purification equipment is installed at the lowest temperature above the freezing point and downstream of the aftercoolers and air receivers within the compressed air system. This type of installation ensures that a larger amount of lubricant and water vapor is condensed during the removal process by water separators, particular filters and coalescing filters before the drying stages in the process.
It’s recommended that compressed air is treated prior to entry in the plant’s distribution system. The main benefit of this process is that it helps remove contamination that is already in the system and then reduces the urgency for significant system maintenance at a later date.
Bypass Lines Require Special Consideration
For those organizations utilizing bypass lines within their compressed air applications and around their purification equipment, experts say that teams should ensure adequate filtration is integrated within the bypass line to help prevent contamination of the system in the downstream areas.
High Efficiency Filters Required for Critical Applications
Critical applications should be closely analyzed to ensure the system is optimized to achieve high level performance over the long-term. Performance consistency and predictability is also imperative within the plant’s critical applications and filtration technology helps operators meet this persistent challenge. High efficiency filtration is required at the point-of-use within the compressed air system to help mitigate costs and ensure that optimal flow is reaching this area of the plant consistently. This level of filtration also helps prevent particulate matter from being carried over into the application.
By understanding the filtration challenges their company faces and reviewing the technology available to them, plant operators can ensure optimal performance within their applications. To discuss this process with a specialist, please contact our team directly!