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Compressed Air Encyclopedia

Wasteful Use of Compressed Air
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Following leakage, wasteful usage is probably the second largest waste of compressed air.

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Air Knife
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An air knife creates a curtain of air using only a small amount of compressed air.

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Check Valves
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The primary function of a check valve is to allow air to flow in one direction while restricting flow in the opposite direction.

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Refrigerated Air Dryers
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Refrigerated air dryers reduce the temperature of compressed air to a point where the moisture contained within the air will condense into a liquid.

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Deliquescent Air Dryers
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Deliquescent dryers consist of a tank containing compressed tablets of sodium chloride or calcium chloride that are consumed by the drying process.

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Regenerative Desiccant Dryers (Twin-Tower Dryers)
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Heatless twin-tower regenerative dryers consist of two identical tanks (towers) filled with desiccant. The moist compressed air enters the bottom of the active tower and moisture within the compressed air adsorbs onto the surface of the desiccant.

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Flow Control Valves
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Flow control valve are used to control the speed of extension and retraction of cylinders.

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Air Amplifiers
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Air amplifiers can save up to 80% compressed air usage when compared to open pipes in blow-off applications.

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Air Receiver Tank Sizing
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The air receiver tank is often overlooked when it comes to sizing compressed air systems. Sized properly it can make a compressor run more efficiently.

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Free Air Delivery
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Free air delivery (FAD) is a standardized measure of the capacity of an air compressor.

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Centrifugal Compressors
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Centrifugal compressors may not be efficient for most plant installations but they are the only choice for 1,000+hp applications.

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Vane Compressors
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Vane compressors have generally been popular for applications requiring continuous duty.

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Piston Compressors (Reciprocating Compressors)
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Piston compressors consist of a piston reciprocating inside a cylinder to compress air.

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Non-lube Rotary Screw Compressors
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Non-lube rotary screw compressors are necessary for applications that require clean, oil-free compressed air.

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Rotary Screw Compressors
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Rotary screw compressors are one of the most popular types of compressors. They are ideal for industrial applications between 20 -300 hp.

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The Cost of Compressed Air Leakage
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Compressed air is one of the most expensive energy sources in the plant environment, so it makes sense to conserve it. But some plants lose up to 30% of their compressed air to leakage alone.

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Viton (Fluorocarbon)
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Viton is most widely used in high-temperature compressed air applications and applications that require chemical compatibility.

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Buna-N (Nitrile)
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Buna-N (also know as Nitrile) is the most widely used seal material for compressed air applications.

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Quick Exhaust Valves
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Quick exhaust valves are used to increase the actuation speed of cylinders by directly venting the exhaust air at the cylinder port instead of forcing the exhaust through tubing to the valve and through it’s exhaust port.

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Automatic Drains for Compressed Air Filters
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Filters are one of the most important components in a healthy compressed air system.

While a dirty system can usually function adequately, it does so at the expense of downstream components.

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