How To Remove Water From Pneumatic Air Lines


Hello my name is Chad Kauffman and I’ve been in the pneumatics industry for nearly twenty years now. Through my years I’ve visited many, many different types of plants and facilities and a very common problem that I get asked about quite a bit is ” how do I get the water out of my air line?”

Especially in the south this time of year it’s a common problem for everybody. As the temperature warms up air gets heated up and compressed in a compressor it gets out into the normal atmosphere of a plant or facility it cools down little bit, water forms and before you know it you’ve got water running through your air lines and all kinds of problems soon thereafter.

It’s a common and very costly problem that we all experience. It can cause major damage to you equipment, to your air tools and a lot of the other components on the machine from the pneumatic valves to the pneumatic actuators, to pressure switches, sensors etc.

A big problem and costs can really skyrocket and add up quite quickly. One question we get quite a bit is ” I have basic filtration already on my equipment or in my facility, why am I getting air in my air line?” The answer to that is most filtration is designed to remove particulates not necessarily moisture.

So, what we’ve got is a very nice solution. It’s called the AMG micro mist separator manufactured by SMC corporation. This unit is a point of use filter that is strictly there to remove the water, it removes up to 99.99% of all moisture in an air line. Again, its a point of use product, you put it right where you need it, where you have water issues; it pulls the water out and it gives you clean dry air to keep your tools up and running, reduce down time, etc.

It’s very economical, typical cost is under $100 dollars and its a great solution for point of use problems that you’re having with water in your air lines. If you’re a facility or you’re experiencing a more serious water problem or you’ve got water through all of the air lines in the entire facility. We would probably come out and recommend a series of filtration at the compressor, followed by an air dryer.

An air dryer is a little more expensive but its going to provide your plant with clean, dry air, reduce your down time and save you a lot of money on replacement components.

If you’d like further information about the AMG or the air dryer or other services we offer, please go to http://InnovativeIDM.com click on the knowledge center. After all, we are the home of the legendary customer experience.

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