Unexpected moisture in your process lines can cause costly problems.
From corrosion, rust, and oxidation to frozen control lines, failed pneumatic systems, and increased wear on moving parts, the presence of unwanted water in your process lines and instrumentation can be incredibly damaging.
My associate over at RAECO spells it all out for you. Check it out!
When someone mentions issues with moisture, the first thing that comes to my mind is mold. If your basement has ever flooded, you can relate. This article is not about that.
In the manufacturing and process world, moisture can cause significant problems, even in small concentrations. The phrase “water and oil don’t mix” came to being for a reason (well, technically it can under the right pressure, but you get the idea).
Water doesn’t always play well with others. It can cause corrosion in valves, pipes and motors. It will react with a number of chemicals like lithium, sodium, silver, ammonia, chlorine, hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide. It can destroy catalysts in hydrocarbon and petrochemical processing. And of course, it will freeze.
So what does that mean to your processes?
- If you have pneumatic controls and tools, it can cause corrosion and can also plug pneumatic orifices, valves and actuators
- If you…
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