The quality of air found in your air compression systems is in direct relation to the output you get from it. Air that contains water becomes more of a wet gas that can easily lead to poor functioning and, perhaps, an unreliable system.
Dew point monitoring is a simple step that can help you protect your compression system so that you get the best use of it for the longest time.
Here’s what you need to know.
What is Dew Point?
To understand why we would have to monitor dew points, it is important to understand what a dew point is. In its most basic form, the dew point is the point when the air is cool enough so that the water vapor within it can condense into dew – or frost on colder days.
Air always contains water vapor at any given time, but it has a limit as to how much it can hold. When it reaches the maximum, it is referred to as water vapor saturation pressure. The moment more water vapor is added, condensation happens.
A pressured dew point is one that is achieved when a gas is under pressure. The pressure is higher than it is in the regular air so the dew point is going to be different. Water vapor – and ultimately the dew point – increases as the pressure increases. In discussions, you will want to be specific about which dew point you are referring to.
Why is Dew Point Monitoring So Important?
When you are dealing with pressurized air, having a lot of condensation can lead to some unwanted issues, such as automatic shutdowns, blocked pipes, contamination, or even frozen pipes. For those who are relying on them, this can be a struggle.
Your air compressor system is often attached to process components. Without monitoring the dew point, you risk causing damage to all of your machinery. This can turn out to be quite costly on many different levels.
By monitoring the moisture in your compression system, you can ensure that it has:
- Energy-efficient processes
- Protection for compression equipment from things like corrosion and rust
- Given you the opportunity to save money – both due to efficient functioning and lack of necessary repairs
- Not caused overdrying
When you have invested in your compression system, you want to have confidence that it is working properly so that you can reap the benefits. After all, you rely on it on a daily basis so that your equipment is not compromised.
How Dew Point Monitoring Works
With dew point monitoring, you will be alerted when the moisture level is in jeopardy. All you need to do is invest in high-quality, reliable dew point sensors and monitors for your compression system. Make sure that it is installed properly and let it work for you.
Once it is in place, you can rest easy knowing that your system is monitored and will maintain healthy, functioning levels.
Ro-Flo Compressors has been manufacturing various compressors since the 1930s, and now their products are used in over 60 countries. They manufacture low-pressure, high-pressure, HP, and two-stage compressors.