Coalescing filters are critical in any gas application where entrained liquid would cause damage or make a process less efficient.
But what is a coalescing filter and how does it work?
A coalescing filter is a filtration system that speeds up the process of collecting and merging very small droplets of liquid into larger droplets. This makes them easier to remove from the gas.
There's a crucial difference between the configuration of a coalescing filter cartridge and a standard filter cartridge. With a standard cartridge, the gas travels through the filter from outside to inside. This will coalesce the smaller droplets into larger ones, but it won't remove them from the gas stream. It just passes the problem from one side of the filter to the other.
With a coalescing filter cartridge, the process is the opposite. The gas moves up inside the filter and then exits through the outside.
Some companies think they can save money on coalescing filter cartridges by relying on scrubber filters alone. But this is a false economy.
Not using coalescing filters will leave your compressors and turbines vulnerable to damage. It will greatly increase the risk of having to shut them down for repairs, causing downtime which can cost your business hundreds of thousands in lost sales.
So, don't be tempted to cut corners on coalescing filters. They play an essential role in protecting not only your compressors but also your process and profits.