This happens almost everywhere, but it can have serious consequences for your compressed air system and the quality of the end product. Causes of water in your compressed air system When the air is compressed, condensation occurs.
The following factors determine the amount of water:
The moisture content is higher in warm and humid air, which means that more water comes out of the compressor. The compressed air contains less water when the pressure is higher and the easier it can be dried. Think of a sponge that is soaked with water; the more it is squeezed, the less water it contains.
Many tools and equipment, driven by compressed air, cannot withstand water or moisture.Many processes, using compressed air, are processing products that cannot withstand water or moisture. Inherent to the compression cycle, free water is often formed in the compressed air circuit.
Untreated compressed air, which contains solid, liquid, and gaseous contaminants, poses a significant risk as it can damage your air system and your end product. Moisture, one of the main components of untreated air, can cause the following problems:
The measurement of dry compressed air after processing is known as its 'dew point'. The lower the temperature of the dew point, the less amount of water vapor in the air. Dew point means the actual temperature where condensation begins. For example, if the dew point is -40 C° this means condensation starts only if compressed air temperature goes down to -40 C°.