Looking to purchase an industrial air dryer in the Houston area? As one of the leading industrial air dryer manufacturers in the nation, NiGen offers reliable air dryer systems that are fully compatible with industrial air compressors and aftercooler systems.
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Industrial Air Dryer Systems in Houston
NiGen air dryers are specially engineered for high-selectivity water and vapor removal from industrial process air. We provide air drying solutions for a wide range of industrial applications.
- Compressed air drying for use in industrial manufacturing
- Vapor recovery from oil and gas operations during refining and storage
- Vapor removal from gases generated during the cryogenic fractional distillation of atmospheric air (oxygen, nitrogen, etc.)
Compressed Air Dryer Types
Commercial air dryers help you save on costs by maximizing productivity and avoiding moisture-related damage in your expensive machinery. Water vapor in your system could cause corrosion, wear and tear, freezing, and false reports on pneumatic controls. Beyond the inconvenience of repairs and repair costs, these issues slow down your operations or even bring them to a halt. NiGen can help you save money by reducing downtime on your most crucial and important operations. We also offer round-the-clock technical support and expertise on all our products!
Desiccant dryers use a drying agent (desiccant) with a high attraction for water to extract water vapor and moisture from process air. The most commonly used materials are hygroscopic (moisture-absorbing) substances such as silica gel, calcium sulfate, activated charcoal, and zeolite. Thousands of small beads of these substances are contained in the desiccant dryers in dual-tower structures. One tower will focus on extracting water from compressed air while the other regenerates the saturated desiccant. The purpose of this system is to increase the boost the efficiency of water vapor removal with minimal maintenance and supervision. No matter how large or complex your project, NiGen offers regenerative desiccant dryers that will meet your specific needs.
Refrigerated Air Dryers
Refrigerated compressed air dying systems function on the principle of condensation to achieve air moisture removal. At very low temperatures, water suspended in the air as vapor will condense into liquid form. A refrigerated type air dryer facilitates this process by lowering air temperatures to very low ranges allowing most of the water in the air to be precipitated.
When to Use Desiccant Dryer vs. Refrigerated Air Dryer
Deciding on what type of industrial air compressor dryer to use for your process depends on the consideration of several factors including:
- Dew point requirements
- Installation, operating, and maintenance costs
For industrial drying applications where dry air is required (metal finishing, beverage, and food processing), the use of a desiccant dryer is ideal. Water vapor in compressed air passed through a desiccant dryer is more thoroughly eliminated than any other drying method.
Desiccant dryers operate at significantly lower dew points which facilitates the elimination of moisture more efficiently than a refrigerated dryer.
By comparison, refrigerated air dryers are typically operated at higher dew points than desiccant dryers. These dryer types are ideal for manufacturing operations where some degree of retained moisture (ISO Quality Classes 4, 5 and 6) is acceptable.
An additional benefit of deciding on a refrigerated air dryer is the lower overall cost of purchase, operation, and maintenance when compared to the cumulative expenditures on a desiccant dryer.
Industrial Grade Drying Equipment from NiGen
If you need a commercial air compressor dryer in Houston, consider NiGen! Our range of compressed air dryers is the ideal choice for vapor recovery from industrial process air. NiGen commercial air dryers are portable and lightweight — making them suitable for both offshore and onshore operations. We also have a wide range of on-site nitrogen generators, nitrogen generator rentals, industrial air compressor rentals, and much more.
Contact us here to speak with a member of our team or request a quote for any of our industrial air dryer systems.