The presence of condensation is one of the most common problems in industrial compressed air systems. Condensation can cause pipe blockage, breakdowns, product contamination, and in some circumstances, freezing, all of which result in downtime, high-cost repairs, and major headaches for the operations team.
Thanks to recent technological leaps, compressed air dew point monitors and sensors have become a first line of defense in reducing condensation in compressed air and ensuring high air quality. Combining precision reporting, Internet of Things connectivity, and strategic sensor placement throughout the compressed air system, facility managers can now keep a closer eye on the dew point than ever before, making necessary changes before condensation even has a chance to form.
Detection and Correction
The dew point is the temperature in which the trace amount of water vapor present in the air is cool enough to turn from vapor into a liquid or solid. In compressed air systems, condensation is a persistent problem because the pressurizing of the air increases the dew point to a higher temperature, lowering the threshold for condensation to form. In high pressure environments, water vapor can even reach a point where there’s so much of it in the air that condensation will form (this is called the water vapor saturation pressure).
Industrial compressed air systems are particularly vulnerable because they have both a high dew point and a high water vapor saturation pressure, creating the perfect conditions for condensation.
Modern compressed air dew point sensors and monitors, like the ones we use at Airtec, provide a detailed view of the conditions of your compressed air throughout the system, including current dew point, pressure, and temperature. With this information, you can make adjustments as needed, keeping your air clear of most condensation.
Merging Proven Methods and New Technology
At Airtec, the products and solutions we recommend and use are specifically designed to ensure that your compressed air system is optimized for both efficiency and power. Our compressed air dew point sensors and compressed air dew point monitors provide detailed moisture metrics with pinpoint precision, then feed that information into a central dashboard so you can get a clear view of your full system. From there, you can identify trouble spots and fix them using other solutions like air dryers and demand drains.
Our primary offerings come from the advanced SUTO line, which offers unparalleled connection and control. From the S320 display module, you can see the data from SUTO sensors placed throughout your system, revealing every bit of information you need to resolve moisture issues before they even occur. For spot-checking, we also offer the SUTO S505 portable dew point meter, which reveals dew point, temperature, and pressure wherever it’s used.
Want to Learn More?
If you’re interested in learning more about dew point measurement, moisture control in compressed air systems, or how you can introduce these solutions into your own system, please feel free to reach out to us at Airtec anytime! We have experience with compressed air systems of all sizes and levels of complexity and we are more than ready to help you build a better system.