A typical condensate management system consists of
- A network of tubes to collect all the condensate from all points of your compressed air system
- Valves to automate the draining of condensate from areas where condensate collections (eg receiver, dryer and filters)
- A collection, cleaning and treated water storage system
Network of tubes
Normally these are small diameter nylon tubes or on larger systems, galvanised steel drainage systems
A system of valves
Valves are normally fitted to a number of collection devices through the system. These will tend to be located on the receiver, filters and dryer and sometimes the compressor as well. The valves will either be ‘float valves’ which automatically release condensate when the required volume has been collected or ‘timed valves’ which are electrically controlled and activated at regular intervals which can be set by the owner.
The condensate cleaner is a container into which the raw condensate is poured from the collection system outlined above. The condensate cleaner filters the condensate taking out the majority of the oil and other contaminates leaving relatively clean water which can legally be poured down a foul drain. The condensate cleaner is a self contained unit which only requires to be serviced once a year, to change the filter element.