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What Is Compressed Air Testing and Why is it Important?

When using compressed air for industrial processes, quality controls are essential. It is a small investment that has great benefits for your manufacturing business and production.

Why Should You Test Your Air Systems?

By assessing your compressed air systems, you prevent contamination and ensure that those systems are not just functioning, but healthy and meeting industry standards. The compressed air testing procedure can be easily achieved, and this measure of quality control is worth the extra time.

Here is how compressed air testing works, and why you should always follow compressed air testing guidelines.

Adhering to the ISO 8573 Compressed Air Quality Standard

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) set standards that industrial companies all over the world adhere to. This includes an ISO standard for testing and removing contaminants.

To be industry leaders and ensure top quality for clients, all industrial manufacturers must follow these international standards.

In the compressed air testing procedures, two main components are removed:

1. Testing for Oil

Oil clogs your filters and will cause downtime, resulting in financial loss and unnecessary budget spent on maintenance.

2. Testing and Extracting Water

Water causes our appliances to corrode. Over time, maintenance will be costly, and as mentioned before, downtime must be avoided at all costs.

Next, there are the other equally detrimental contaminants: gaseous and microbiological.

How does the compressed air purity testing procedure work?

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In a regular testing procedure, three different testing procedures will be followed:

1. Compressed air purity testing for particles

Air particles such as dust, air, and soot, may be microscopic, but their presence will be detrimental to your components. When testing the compressed air for particles, size is always considered. This tiny step in compressed air testing should not be overlooked.

Particles can be categorized according to size. Laser particle counters (LPCs) are used to test air particles. An LPC is efficient and requires a mere ten minutes to categorize contaminants.

2. Compressed air specification for oils

Oils, oil aerosol, the organic solvent, and wall flow must all be tested. This procedure is considerably more complex than using LPCs for particles. On average, you can expect oil testing to take about ten hours, from start to finish.

3. Compressed air quality testing for water

When testing the air for water content, hygrometer and electrical sensors are used. Hygrometers are usually attached to compressor systems.

By using the highest quality available appliances, you minimize the costs of maintenance and experience zero downtime.

Many companies have invested a great deal in their tools and appliances, only to be dealt a severe blow by nature´s unpredictable hand: the natural elements, corrosion, rust, and other elements you could not have anticipated.

If you have tried all other pipes and still experience corrosion and contamination, try using our industrial pipes, or NiGen’s nitrogen generators. We also offer the following:

  • Portable Membrane Nitrogen Units
  • Stationary On-site Nitrogen Systems and Generators
  • High-Pressure Boosters
  • Rotary Screw Air Compressors
  • Desiccant Air Dryers
  • Air Coolers
  • Generators

If you need any of the above units for your company, contact us to find out more about our updated catalog. All of our products have been manufactured to the highest quality standards and require minimal service.

To learn more about NiGen’s industrial nitrogen generation equipment, pipeline services, or rental equipment, contact us today for more information.