If you have compressed air in your facility, you may also need compressed air dryers. How do you know if you require this equipment, and how do they work?
Here is all the information you need to know about compressed air dryers for your business.
The Purpose of Air Dryers
The purpose of air dryers is to suppress the dew point of your compressed air by removing water from it. Compressed air can contain moisture, which, under the right conditions, can reach the dew point temperature and condense into a harmful liquid. This can be a big problem, as it can contaminate your products or equipment, cause frozen pipes, lead to corrosion and lead to other issues.
What Do Air Dryers Do?
The action of your air dryer and the way it protects your compressed air from excess moisture will vary depending upon the type of air dryers you use. The standard types of dryers we use with compressed air systems include:
- Refrigerated Dryers – The most common type of air dryer you will see in an industrial compressed air system is the refrigerated dryer. These work on a simple mechanism of using one or more heat exchangers to cool down the hot compressed air, condense out the bulk of the water and remove the water through a separator equipped with an automatic drain. If you are looking for a reasonably-priced dryer and are not operating under extreme conditions where you need unusually high drying capability, these are often the best choice and most economical choice.
- Desiccant Dryers – If you are in an extreme situation where your air is subject to very low temperatures or your products or environment cannot tolerate any moisture at all, you may be better served by a desiccant dryer. These dryers use a material such as activated alumina to adsorb water from the compressed air. Desiccant dryers come in a wide variety of types such as as heated, heatless or blower purge models.
- Specialty Gas and Liquid Dryers – If your company works with exotic or dangerous gases or liquids that need drying, such as benzene, butane, hydrogen or landfill gas, there are specialty dryers designed to safely remove moisture from these products.
- Membrane Dryers – Membrane dryers are very efficient dryers that dehumidify and depress the dew point as the air comes into the system. They are becoming increasingly popular as they require no electricity, are easy to maintain and are quiet.
- Deliquescent Dryers – Deliquescent dryers are another brand of electricity-free, economical air dryers that work with a pressure vessel containing a dissolving tablet that absorbs water vapor.
Contact The Titus Company for High-Quality Air Dryers and Air Dryer-Related Products Today
The Titus Company, a leader in compressed air systems, has a wide variety if highly effective air dryers of all different types for you to choose from. To find the one that’s right for you, or for a free estimate on one of our air dryers for your business, contact us now.