THE PROBLEM: LUBRICANT CONTAMINATION
Information on Lubricant contamination. If the atmosphere is contaminated (and most are to some degree), the oil is probably dirty and lubricant quality is compromised. Even new oil isn’t delivered clean.
There are two primary types of lubricant contamination.
If the atmosphere is contaminated, oil will become dirtier and lubricant quality becomes compromised. Particulate contamination, once inside an operating system, will accelerate the generation of new contaminants due to machine wear. These contaminants damage critical components and act as a catalyst for oxidation, further degrading the condition of lubricants.
If the atmosphere is humid or has frequent temperature fluctuations, the oil is probably moisture-laden and lubricant quality is compromised. Often times, plant wash down activities are responsible for inducing conditions that lead to moisture ingression and corrosion.
THE SOLUTION: A DESICCANT BREATHER
The good news is that dirt and water can be effectively controlled with some preventative maintenance techniques. The desiccant breather filter continues to be at the top of the list for preventative maintenance and conquering contamination—a low-cost option that proves a significant return on investment.
As nearly all gearboxes, reservoirs and storage tanks are designed to breathe, allowing only clean, dry air to enter the system is essential to extending the life of your equipment. Replacing standard breather/filter caps with a desiccant breather immediately prevents moisture and moves particle filtration from 40 microns to 3 microns or less.
WHAT IS A DESICCANT BREATHER?
A desiccant breather is a unique, air filter and water vapour removal system. It replaces the standard breather or ventilation system on virtually all types of industrial equipment that contain hydrocarbon and other non-aqueous fluids. It also prevents lubricant contamination of products in storage and process tanks. Many other applications exist, including the reduction of pump downtime for vacuum chambers, adaptation to air breathers for off-road vehicles, and more.
Desiccant breathers combine a drying media with a combination of filters to prohibit the entry of water and microscopic particulates from entering the system and remove water contained within a reservoir to prevent condensation. A large variety of sizes, desiccants and options allow you to select the right solution for your application.
WHY IS A DESICCANT BREATHER NECESSARY?
Today’s options for restricting the ingression of lubricant contaminants are a far cry from yesterday’s open
tube turndown pipes that did little more than keep the birds out (Table 1). Proper installation and
maintenance of contamination control breathers can significantly reduce the ingression of airborne
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