Every industrial application of compressed air faces contamination, but safety and cleanliness are even more crucial in the food and beverage industry. Your Scales expert can help by going over the different types of contaminants, their origins, and ways to protect against them.
A compressor must rely on atmospheric air. This presents possibilities for contamination that are hard to detect. Some of the most common atmospheric impurities, including some that may be site-specific include: Dirt, water vapor, oil vapor and microorganisms.
At Scales, we take steps to ensure your compressor is kept safe from environmental concerns. Oil vapor, for example, is a common production concern – commonly occurring from other manufacturing equipment that operates inefficiently or even from the vehicles that you may be using on your shop floor. This type of contamination is often missed when determining the environment for a compressor site.
The air compressor itself can also be a source of contamination if it is not properly produced, installed and maintained. Oil-lubricated air compressors for the food and beverage industry are common in some applications, and they can generate a small amount of carry oil during use. Oil, in this case, can pose a risk, both in its aerosol and vapor forms.
It’s not just the production, installation and maintenance of the compressor that is of concern. Often the wrong air treatment for the job can result in water issues downstream of the air compressor.
Another consideration is your compressed air distribution system. As air moves through the air receiver and then to various points in your line, it can pick up contamination such as pipe scale and rust.
At Scales, we work with you to identify potential contamination risks that you may not be thinking about – and ensure that your compressor installation plan addresses them to minimize surprises. This will likely include a combination of water separators, coalescing filters, dust-removal options, absorption filters and air dryers to remove moisture – plus a plan to ensure the environment is suitable and evaluation of neighboring equipment. Let the team at Scales help you understand what contaminant risks you face and ensure a system that addresses them.