Why are my pneumatic tools rusting and how can I fix it?

All of your pneumatic tools are rusting and becoming ruined, but you can't figure out why?

July 8, 2023

When employing an air compressor to drive pneumatic tools, it's common for the compressed air to carry contaminants, particularly moisture. Over time, the water entering your pneumatic tools through compressed air lines can lead to rust and deterioration, resulting in the constant need for tool replacements and potential operational downtime.

Pneumatech Refrigerated Dryers - Zoom in for the Solution

To address this issue and ensure the longevity of your tools, consider installing a refrigerated dryer downstream of your compressor. This strategic placement effectively removes moisture and humidity from the compressed air before it powers your tools.

How Refrigerated Dryers Work?

Refrigerated air dryers operate on a cooling principle similar to household air conditioning units. By passing compressed air through a heat exchanger, the air is cooled to around 4°C/40°F. As the air cools, water droplets form due to condensation, much like the beads of moisture on the outside of a chilled beverage.

The next step involves a mechanical separation process, where the liquid, or "condensate," is separated from the air stream. The air is then rewarmed using incoming air, lowering the relative humidity and converting any remaining moisture into vapor form.

Pneumatech provides a range of refrigeration dryers, including high-temp, cycling, non-cycling, and variable speed cycling dryers, available in various sizes. Don't let rust compromise your tools; explore our refrigeration dryer product lines by clicking HERE.

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Refrigeration Dryers

Refrigeration dryers are the most commonly used dryers for removing moisture from compressed air. They therefore play an important role in shielding compressed air systems from corrosion and protecting your equipment and end products alike.