Air is inevitably subject to various contaminations, coming from water, oil and microorganisms. When air is compressed, these contaminations can increase dramatically and that is why it needs to be treated.
As mentioned, when the air is compressed, the harmful particles increase, compromising its purity. To give a practical example, a compressor running 40 hours a week, with a flow rate of 1,000 m³ / h FAD, is capable of producing up to 2 grams of harmful substances per week. Compressed air for industrial use is subject to the ISO classification, it must therefore be treated in order to comply with the regulatory standard. The standard that defines the compressed air purity standards is ISO 8573-1: 2010. This standard is therefore applied to air treatment systems, following the tests that are carried out on components such as filters. It goes without saying, the tests that are done can return different results depending on the conditions and the field of application. For this reason, it is mandatory to carry out tests and checks periodically, in order to assess whether the conditions are always the same and thus guarantee adequate efficiency and purity results.
Compressed air is used in many business sectors, from the textile to the chemical industry, passing through the food and pharmaceutical industries. Using treated compressed air means risking compromising the quality of the final products! Furthermore, “working” with compressed air that is not properly filtered and cleaned can cause machine breakdowns and downtime and this obviously translates into economic loss. Not forgetting the negative impacts on the energy efficiency of the compressors.
From what has been said, we can deduce the importance of always checking your systems and the purity of the compressed air. Riem Italy carries out the analysis of compressed air and the state of efficiency of industrial compressors periodically and offers this service externally.
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