Compressed air purification equipment is essential to provide high quality clean, dry air and to eliminate the problems and costs associated with contamination in compressed air systems. Contaminants in a compressed air system can generally be attributed to the following issues:
- Quality of the atmospheric air drawn into the compressor
- Type and operation of the air compressor
- Air storage devices and distribution systems
By guaranteeing air quality whilst ensuring that energy consumption is kept to a minimum, Industrial Air Power compressed air treatment products can reduce the total cost of ownership and help improve profitability through improved manufacturing efficiencies and plant equipment reliability.
A number of key benefits can be derived from correctly specified compressed air treatment equipment:-
- Continuous production
- Guaranteed quality compressed air
- Lower energy consumption
- Reduced operating costs
- Improved product quality, productivity and profitability
- Performance guarantee can be extended with recommended maintenance
- Oil-free air produced from an oil-lubricated compressor a fraction of the cost of a new oil-free compressor
- Protection of downstream compressed air treatment, personnel and processes
Meeting ISO 8573.1:2010 improves productivity and profitability.
In 1991, the International Standards Organisation (ISO) introduced ISO 8573-1, a compressed air quality standard using purity classifications that permit the compressed air user to define the maximum allowable amount of contamination per cubic metre of compressed air.
Comprising of nine parts, ISO 8573 series not only provides air quality classifications for the main contaminants, but also the equipment and methods required to carry out accurate testing.
Now that ISO 8573-1:2010 is at its third revision, industry is becoming increasingly aware of the changes implicit in this current air quality standard. Although not law, this ISO standard forms the basis for “best practice” and the source of regulations that ensure companies can remain an internationally acceptable part of the global trading world.
The good news for manufacturers is that the new standard can be met through a carefully managed compressed air audit and, where appropriate, revision of existing factory equipment.
Companies can achieve the degree of air purity (air quality) specified by ISO 8573-1:2010 and ensure compliance by improving system design and operation, as well as by adopting a careful approach to the maintenance and monitoring of the compressed air treatment systems. The use of intelligent energy and quality monitoring devices to maximize the efficiency of existing processes will also assist.
Industrial Air Power stocks a range of dryers and filters at our Bridgend and Plymouth facilities including the following:
- Coalescing Filters
- Water Separators
- Adsorption (Desiccant) Dryers
- Refrigerated Dryers
- Adsorption (Activated Carbon) Filters
- Dust Removal Filters
- Micro-biological (Sterile) Filters