Air Dryer Mounting
How close to the air compressor should a air dryer unit be placed? I wanted to mount it higher than the actual air compressor? Any ideas Guys would be appreciated Thanx Madman
Madman, we have a compresser/drier combo at work. It is a screw compressor and the drier is above the compressor in front, kinda like a pad mount hvac unit. Does the comp. or the drier mfg. have any recommendations as to layout?
It didnt sat a thing about mounting it in the instructions as this time I actually read all the stuff that came with it. Usually i just wing it and get into all types of sorry situations.
You want to put the air drier as far away from the compressor, and as close to the final output port as possible. That gives the air line time to cool down the compressed air and condense-out the water.
It really doesn't matter the distance from the compressor to the air drier. I would prefer the air cool down in the air drier and remove the moisture there than to cool down in the air line between the compressor and air drier and leave the moisture there. If placement were critical the mfg would specify distance.
I think far away would be better. I have all copper lines. It would cool it down right away. I have a desiccant drier and thats what I did. I have a particulate filter and two two water vapor filters before the desiccant filter.. I use this air for my plasma cutter and car spray painting. JR
Same here: copper lines, 50 feet before the first water trap, then an air/oil filter at the hard connector, then a membrane air dryer on a bulk-head, and then a final desiccant dryer on the handle of the paint gun.
Originally Posted by JRouche
That's the standard configuration recommended by Devilbiss.
My mistake, since I work on refrigerated air driers I just assumed that he was talking about a refrigerated type air drier. I get kinda one track minded at times. Sorry 'bout that.
I seem to recall that there was quite a thread on this some time ago and that there were a couple of very good diagrams and texts on the subject.
You seem to have an excellent index of items and threads on a lot of stuff - is this in it? If so, can you (re)post the link/s and/or posts/threads please?
It's all in my head, unfortunately. I think you're talking about the Sharpe air line diagram I posted awhile back, which is excellent. I followed this diagram almost exactly, except I had to coil the 50 feet of copper pipe to fit on the wall (the "Still" as some people here have called it) and I left out the u-shaped drip-loops at the air drop tees, since I dont have space for a dead leg:
Originally Posted by oldtiffie
A much bigger diagram in .PDF is here:
Last edited by lazlo; 09-28-2008 at 04:40 AM.