What is the most cost-effective technology for drying compressed air?

Every compressed air system worldwide has differing application needs and usage demands. Compressed air systems account for a significant portion of a facility’s overall operating costs. However, by selecting the right compressed air dryer for the application and making sure that dryer is using energy in proportion to the demand wherever possible, can yield major savings over the life of the system.

The right type of compressed air dryer plays a significant impact on energy savings.

There are two categories of air dryers — refrigerated dryers and desiccant dryers — both are widely used in industrial applications. There is not a one-size-fits-all dryer solution, so both categories have their place in the market. Moisture creation in a compressor is unavoidable, but if properly treated, it will prevent damage to pneumatic machinery, air motors, valves and any other components, as well as avoid possible contamination of the end products.

Which compressed air dryer is right for you?

Selecting the proper dryer to treat wet compressed air is largely dependent on the specific requirements and moisture tolerance levels of the machines that utilise compressed air. Most industrial and manufacturing facilities can achieve such requirements with a refrigerated air dryer, while spray paint operations, laboratories and certain printing and pneumatic tool users require a desiccant dryer to supply critically dry air.

 

Refrigeration drying is the most cost-effective technology

Due to their large energy-saving potential, refrigeration dryers provide the most economical method for drying compressed air. Their basic principle is based on condensation via cooling. The DRYPOINT RA refrigeration dryers by BEKO Technologies are equipped with a BEKOMAT condensate drain as standard and prevent costly compressed air losses. Compressed air refrigerated dryers are suitable for use in industry, craft trades and workshops. Pressure dew points are between +3 and + 10°C.

 

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