The Art of Dryer Sizing

By: Michael Camber

Compressed air dryers are commonly rated to achieve a specific moisture level (e.g. 40°F pressure dew point) for a certain volume of air flow (cfm). This nominal flow rating is typically based on a set of standard conditions (100 psig, 100° F inlet temperature, and 100° F ambient temperature). In practice, your actual conditions can change from day to day and are rarely the standard conditions, and the dryer may be over or undersized depending on how it is selected. Continue reading “The Art of Dryer Sizing”

Don’t Bypass Reliability or Air Quality

By: Neil Mehltretter

One of the many considerations in putting together a compressed air system is whether or not to include manual bypasses around air treatment. There are different schools of thought concerning this practice, but before you go with including them for the sake of convenience, be sure to understand how it can affect your air quality. Continue reading “Don’t Bypass Reliability or Air Quality”

Don’t Throw Your Compressed Air Down the Drain

By: Michael Camber

If you’ve got a compressed air system, then you’ve got condensate. Hopefully, you also have condensate drains on aftercoolers, filters, dryers, tanks, and air lines throughout your system. Condensate drains are often overlooked but serve a vital function. Condensate is mostly water, but it also contains oil, dirt, and other materials. If you aren’t properly draining it from your system, you can contaminate your products and cause wear and downtime in your production equipment. Continue reading “Don’t Throw Your Compressed Air Down the Drain”

Receiver Tanks for Small Compressed Air Systems

By: Michael Camber

For many small compressed air users, the question of where to place the receiver tank in their system comes up frequently. It’s often taken for granted but the tank performs several vital functions and is worth talking about. Continue reading “Receiver Tanks for Small Compressed Air Systems”