Particulate Filters

 Air-borne contamination from the atmosphere, such as dust, water vapour and hydrocarbons enter the air system through the compressor intake. The contaminants, usually 4 million particles per cubic foot, can easily pass through a typical compressor intake filter since over 80% of these particles are less than 2 microns in size. The compressor also contributes to the problem with wear particles, oil vapour and fine  aerosols that leak past glands and seals from the oil sump into the compression chamber. Such contamination in the air system can effect the efficient operation of various pneumatic devices and, over time, damage them. Compressed air filters that are installed upstream of the air devices will remove most of these contaminants. In addition, by design these filters will also remove most liquid water from the air line. The need for higher quality air is more evident today than in the past. To gain improved production efficiencies through automation, more sophisticated, technically advanced pneumatic equipment and instrumentation is being used throughout industry. Due to the critical nature of these applications, the need for extremely clean, virtually oil free air is required. Coalescing (oil removal) and oil vapour removal filters should be used for applications requiring high quality air.

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