Condensate drains increase efficiency by making sure that contaminants and moisture are drained from the scheme, allowing separators and filters to function at maximum efficacy, avoiding residues and system problems. The uncirculated condenser will pass through the system, which will cause early wear that will reduce the life of the components and generate higher preservation costs.
There are many types and variants of Condensate pipes, but in many cases, they are classified into two groups:
1. Physically Controlled
The valves are unfastened manually in these kinds of drains to eliminate condensation. As for manual drainage, human resources are required to open the valves and discharge the condensate at the required intervals.
In general, manual pipes are left partly open and is effective to ensure that condensate is removed continuously, but the drawback is that compressed air will also escape. The resulting air leak causes a significant decrease in efficiency and is reflected in the excessive use of energy needed to cover the outflow.
Otherwise, if labour-intensive drains are not discharged in the appropriate periods, contaminants and moisture will be transported and cause complications and damage.
2. Automated Drains
Automatic drains constantly measure the number of available condensates and open them to release it at specific levels and periods. Automatic drains do not expel compressed air and, so, do not cause a decrease in efficiency to keep the system safe. Since the condensate is completely removed when necessary and without losing air, air quality increases to the maximum while maintaining maximum efficiency. The only drawback of some automated drains are the lubrication systems, if their size is not correct, they may suffer water/oil mixtures that can form internal clog and cause them to stop opening.
The proper drainage of specific equipment depends on a series of variables such as hours of operation, system pressure, and human resources to verify and control the equipment, temperature and humidity.
Finally, it is recommended to consult PMJ International, suppliers of quality compressed air parts from various brands, throughout the UK. They can help you choose the condenser filter that best suits your application. This will ensure that it maintains reliability and efficiency and reduces long-term operating costs.