MechChem Africa

In today’s manufacturing environment, compressed air is an essential power source and therefore its quality requirements are vital. Even when meeting operational requirements, air moving through pipelines can lay down more moisture through condensation than what is acceptable, causing costly damages to production machinery.

SMC Pneu Brian AbbottBrian Abbott, product manager at SMC Pneumatics (seen here) says that a simple solution which is often overlooked to avoid damage and downtime is a quality refrigerated air dryer. “Water carried with compressed air to the production systems can cause significant damage to the valves, cylinders, fittings and more. Components tend to rust and lubrication is rinsed out for a significantly shorter life span and slower production,” Abbott explains.

It is in fact, impossible to produce compressed air without depositing water into the system and as such, loss of income, replacement of parts, low levels of productivity and damage to the production system will prove more destructive than condensation itself to any business.

SMC’s refrigerated air dryers chill the air to 3° C reducing the water content in the compressed air to around 6 g/cm². The surplus water is drained directly from the refrigerated air dryer, and dumped via an auto drain.

Refrigerated air dryers are a cost-effective means of providing air with pressure dew points of 3 to 10° C, thus meeting the requirements of ISO 8573-1 moisture classes 4 to 6. All energy-efficient SMC refrigerated air dryers feature compact and quiet construction, stainless steel heat exchangers, Montreal Protocol-compliant refrigerants and low pressure drops.

“Models are available to meet various regional requirements in standard inlet temperature designs as well as high inlet temperature models.”

SMC's IDH series of compact air dryers offers stable, compressed air temperature control with its integrated heater, regulator, dryer, and filter. The IDH air dryer delivers a constant volume of compressed air at the correct temperature, dew point, pressure and cleanliness, regardless of external conditions or seasonal climatic conditions. Due to its compact size, and the ventilation holes being on the front and top, the IDH can be installed closed to a wall or panel.

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