The pneumatic industry is huge. Almost every manufacturing plant around the world uses compressed air in one way or another. EXAIR has manufactured Intelligent Compressed Air Products since 1983, and in that time we have gathered much information. We sorted this data and placed it in our Knowledge Base section for all to see. Now, if you have a compressed air system in your plant, EXAIR probably has information about usage, optimization, and application details where we were able to solve or improve the settings with cost savings, efficiency, and safety. In this blog, I will cover one section of the Knowledge Base categories; FAQs.
FAQs, or Frequently Asked Questions, is a library of inquiries that our customers have asked in the past. We compiled this collection that end-users, resellers, OEMs and distributors asked; and, we placed them in one area to be found quickly and easily. The FAQ library is located under Knowledge Base (reference photo above). We separated the FAQs by product groups to find more information like maximum temperatures, pressures, viscosities, etc. This in-depth assortment of information can help to swiftly answer some obscure questions that may be important for your application.
As an example, I recently received a call from a customer requesting information about the Reversible Drum Vac. This product is a two-way pump that uses compressed air to transfer liquid in and out of steel drums. They do not have any motors to wear or electricity to work; so, they are very reliably and long-lasting. This pneumatic pump works wonderful for transferring coolants. But this customer wanted to know if it can transfer hydraulic fluids; and if so, how fast. I was able to direct them to our FAQ library. We found that it can pump 10 gallons/minute or 38 liters/minute of hydraulic fluid. They also noticed that the Reversible Drum Vac can pump even more viscous fluids, like 15W40 motor oil. It opened their eyes on the capabilities of the Reversible Drum Vac for other applications in their facility.
Of course, Application Engineers at EXAIR are always available to answer questions about our products or about your applications. But if EXAIR is closed and you want to buy right away, the FAQ section could be a great place to find that “nugget” for a quick answer.
When it comes to generating compressed air there are many types of compressors to utilize within a facility. One of those types is a dual acting reciprocating compressor. This is a type of positive displacement compressor that takes advantage of a piston style action and actually compresses air on both directions of the stroke. Below you can see a video from a company that showcases how a dual acting compressor works and gives a good representation of how it is compressing the air on both directions of travel.
The reciprocating type of air compressor uses a motor that turns a crank which pushes a piston inside a cylinder; like the engine in your car. In a basic cycle, an intake valve opens to allow the ambient air into the cylinder, the gas gets trapped, and once it is compressed by the piston, the exhaust valve opens to discharge the compressed volume into a tank. This method of compression happens for both the single and double acting reciprocating compressors.
With a single acting compressor, the air is compressed only on the up-stroke of the piston inside the cylinder. The double acting compressor compresses the air on both the up-stroke and the down-stroke of the piston, doubling the capacity of a given cylinder size. This “double” compression cycle is what makes this type of air compressor very efficient. A single acting compressor will have an operating efficiency between 100 cfm / 23 kW of air while the double acting compressor has an operating efficiency between 100 cfm 15.5 kW . Therefore, electricity cost is less with a double-acting reciprocating air compressor to make the same amount of compressed air.
These compressors are ruggedly designed to be driven 100% of the time and to essentially be a Clydesdale of compressors. They are commonly used with applications or systems requiring higher pressures and come in lubricated or non-lubricated models.
If you would like to discuss air compressors or how to efficiently utilize the air that your system is producing so that you aren’t giving your compressor an artificial load that isn’t needed, contact us.
That’s right, just like your local cable or satellite TV provider, EXAIR offers On-Demand content that can be streamed and used for training, education, help with cost justification, or improve awareness around compressed air costs and safety.
The best part about this content is that you don’t have to pay for it, simply register on our website (where your information is not shared) and go to the Webinars section of our Knowledge Base. Then gain access to the library of five webinars that have all been broadcast around compressed air safety, efficiency, and optimization.
The current On-Demand offering is listed below:
Intelligent Compressed Air Solutions for OSHA Compliance
Intelligent Solutions for Electrical Enclosure Cooling
Optimize Your Compressed Air System in 6 Simple Steps
Simple Steps for Big Savings
Understanding Static Electricity
The most recent webinar we created is currently only On-Demand for registered attendees and will soon be added to the Knowledge Base library. If you did not get to see it live, the content was extremely helpful for anyone that works within a facility that uses compressed air. Use This Not That – 4 Common Ways To Save Compressed Air In Your Plant, keep an eye out for the release date in our On-Demand section.
If you would like to discuss any of the webinar topics further, please feel free to reach out to an Application Engineer.
The supply side of a compressed air system has many critical parts that factor in to how well the system operates and how easily it can be maintained. Dryers for the compressed air play a key role within the supply side are available in many form factors and fitments. Today we will discuss heat of compression-type dryers.
Heat of compression-type dryers are a regenerative desiccant dryer that take the heat from the act of compression to regenerate the desiccant. By using this cycle they are grouped as a heat reactivated dryer rather than membrane technology, deliquescent type, or refrigerant type dryers. They are also manufactured into two separate types.
The single vessel-type heat of compression-type dryer offers a no cycling action in order to provide continuous drying of throughput air. The drying process is performed within a single pressure vessel with a rotating desiccant drum. The vessel is divided into two air streams, one is a portion of air taken straight off the hot air exhaust from the air compressor which is used to provide the heat to dry the desiccant. The second air stream is the remainder of the air compressor output after it has been processed through the after-cooler. This same air stream passes through the drying section within the rotating desiccant drum where the air is then dried. The hot air stream that was used for regeneration passes through a cooler just before it gets reintroduced to the main air stream all before entering the desiccant bed. The air exits from the desiccant bed and is passed on to the next point in the supply side before distribution to the demand side of the system.
The twin tower heat of compression-type dryer operates on the same theory and has a slightly different process. This system divides the air process into two separate towers. There is a saturated tower (vessel) that holds all of the desiccant. This desiccant is regenerated by all of the hot air leaving the compressor discharge. The total flow of compressed air then flows through an after-cooler before entering the second tower (vessel) which dries the air and then passes the air flow to the next stage within the supply side to then be distributed to the demand side of the system.
The heat of compression-type dryers do require a large amount of heat and escalated temperatures in order to successfully perform the regeneration of the desiccant. Due to this they are mainly observed being used on systems which are based on a lubricant-free rotary screw compressor or a centrifugal compressor.
No matter the type of dryer your system has in place, EXAIR still recommends to place a redundant point of use filter on the demand side of the system. This helps to reduce contamination from piping, collection during dryer down time, and acts as a fail safe to protect your process. If you would like to discuss supply side or demand side factors of your compressed air system please contact us.