Compressed Air Gas Treatment

Best Way to Dry Compressed Air in Hazardous Areas

Many instruments and controls operating in hazardous industrial environments require instrument grade compressed air to ensure effective operation. Without clean, dry air, quality control and process...
On December 3, 2014

Important Reasons to Filter Culinary Steam

Culinary steam is frequently used in food-processing operations.  It is directly injected into the food product stream to control temperature and consistency of the food product. Jets of culinary...
On October 8, 2014

How to Keep Electrical Cabinets Dry in Food Processing Plants

In many food processing and wet processing applications, the presence of moisture in electrical cabinets, motor housings and related equipment can lead to a variety of costly problems including...

How to Improve Coordinate Measuring Machine Reliability

A Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) is a highly sensitive instrument, used mainly for quality control applications, that locates point coordinates on three dimensional structures. A CMM measures...

Is the Compressed Air in Your Food Plant Safe?

Compressed air is used in a broad range of applications in the food processing industry. These applications include mixing of ingredients, cutting, sparging, drying of product, transporting...

Proper Filtration of Samples to On-Line Process Analyzers

Contaminants in samples are reported to be a major cause of problems with on-line analyzers used in the downstream sector of the oil and gas industry. On-line process analyzers such as gas and liquid...

Filtration Techniques for Contaminant-Free Samples

Several filtration techniques are used in the downstream sector of the oil and gas industry to ensure that samples are free of impurities for on-line process analyzers. These techniques...

Choosing the Right Compressed Air Dryer for Your Application

The four main types of compressed air dryers are refrigerated, chemical, desiccant, and membrane. It is important to understand how each drying technology works to learn which is best for...
On December 20, 2013

Can Pressure Reduction Be Used to Dry Compressed Air?

Pressure reduction combined with filtration can be used to remove condensed liquids from saturated compressed air. To reduce pressure in an application, components such as pressure regulators, vortex...
On November 6, 2013

Technologies for Drying Compressed Air: Aftercoolers and Coalescing Filters

Several technologies are available to remove condensed water and water vapor from a compressed air distribution system including aftercoolers, coalescing filters, air dryers, pressure reduction, water...
On October 23, 2013

Six Good Reasons to Dry Biogas to a Low Dewpoint Before Combustion in a CHP Engine

Biogas is renewable energy stored in organic materials, such as plant matter and animal waste, known as biomass. Sources of biomass fuel include agricultural residue, food waste, sewage, energy crops,...
On August 23, 2013

Facts You Need to Know About Drying Compressed Air

As a user of compressed air, at some point you are likely to see water appearing in your air distribution system. This can be a nuisance or a serious issue, depending on your application. Should you...
On August 21, 2013

The Importance of Using an Air Receiver Tank in a Compressed Air System

An air receiver tank is an integral and important part of any compressed air system. Typically a receiver tank is sized at 6-10 times the flow rate of the system. So, if a compressor has a rating of...

What’s the Best Line of Defense against Microbial Contamination of Food? Part 6 of 6

The most effective line of defense against food contamination caused by compressed air is point of use filtration. Even the best compressor room system filtration does not eliminate harborage sites...

Understanding Good Manufacturing Practices for Compressed Air in Food Plants. Part 5 of 6

Many different published Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) exist for compressed air used in food plants. Locating and making sense of them can be challenging. Employing the most critical...

Is Your Food Product Safe from Microbial Contamination? Part 4 of 6

Did you know that the warm, dark, moist environment inside a compressed air system is the perfect place for microbes to grow and flourish?  Drying the air to a lower dew point is an effective way to...

How to Manage the Risks of Food Product Contamination from Compressed Air. Part 3 of 6

Managing the risks of compressed air contamination in a food processing plant is critical. Compressor room drying and filtration is good, but it’s not good enough for a food processing plant.  System...

What are the Risks of Contaminated Compressed Air in a Food Plant? Part 2 of 6

Knowing the risks of compressed air contamination in a food processing plant is important.  Air is not as clean as it appears to be.  Untreated compressed air contains many potentially harmful or...

Are You Ready for an Audit? Is Your Plant Compressed Air in Compliance with GFSI, SQF, and BRC Codes? Part 1 of 6

Let’s cut to the chase: The auditor is going to show up on your doorstep very soon, and you need to pass your GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative), SQF (Safe Quality Foods), and BRC (British Retail...