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Compressed Air Filtration

Ordinary Industrial Compressed Air is universally wet, dirty and contaminated with entrained oil vapors. Specifically all industrial compressed air will contain the following:

  • Water droplets
  • Water vapor
  • Rust and pipe scale
  • Carbon particles from decomposed compressor oils
  • Oil vapors and fumes
  • Oil droplets

Industry has put up with these problems for years, but dirty air at the point-of-use is not inevitable. The net gain in efficiency from filtering the air at both the compressor site and the point-of-use more than pays for the initial investment by:

  • Eliminating production down time
  • Extending the service life of mechanical components(tools and controls)
  • Reduction in the cost of sub-standard products
  • Improved product purity in the electronics, medical, and food industries
  • Product safety and quality

There are a bewildering variety of compressed air and gas filters offered in today's market. They range from strainers such as wire mesh, sintered bronze or stainless steel elements, ribbon or string wood elements, fiber or cellulose discs to open pore sponge materials. Beach West Filters, Inc. offers both desiccant and mechanical/ coalescing/ desiccant filters for the removal of moisture, oil, oil vapors, and particulate down to 0.3 microns.

Compressed Air/Gas Contaminants and Removal

Filtration begins at the compressor site with Air Intake Filters, Aftercoolers, Refrigerated Dryers and large Coalescing Filters. The arrangement is more or less common in the industry today. However, contaminants remain such as 1) rust and scale 2) oil vapors, and 3) water vapors.

Different desiccants are available to do effectively one or all of the steps filtration requires. Coalescing filters, in general, will not remove oil vapors, water vapors or odors. True Filters, such as the desiccant types offered by Beach Filters, will remove contaminants by presenting a tortuous path for the air to follow and entrap impurities throughout the entire cartridge or element.

At full flow rate, Beach patented Cyform® Elements trap all contaminants - oil vapors, water and hydrocarbons, along with particulate down to 0.3 microns.

Point-of-Use Filtration

The presence of oil, oil vapors, and water at the point-of-use is ordinarily evidenced by the liquid in the bowl or trap having a milky appearance, which is an emulsion of oil and water. These contaminants are damaging to such sensitive equipment as instruments, pneumatic controls and hundreds of other industrial plant processes. The following are typical point -of-use applications for Beach Filters:

  • Instrument Air
  • Pneumatic Controls
  • Robotics
  • Process Air
  • Cleaning Parts & drying
  • Air Operated Assembly Tools
  • Injection Molding
  • Filtering Gases
  • Conveying Materials
  • Air Jet Cleaning
  • Sorting Equipment
  • Separating Pills
  • Spray Paint & Finishes
  • Bottle & Container Cleaning
  • Pneumatic Extruders
  • Air for Packaging & Weighing
  • Mixing & Blending
  • Aeration & Agitating of Liquids
  • Testing
  • Operating Clamps & Chucks
  • Cooling of Electronic Equipment
  • Sandblasting
  • Squeeze rolls
  • Oxygen Analyzers

Beach has been manufacturing filters for these and thousands of other uses for over 50 years, for every industry, including aircraft manufacturing, oil and gas refineries, oil exploration, food processing plants, medical and dental industry, technology industry and many others. Point-of-use filters by Beach range from <5 to 1200 SCFM at 150 to 250 PSI in a variety of plastics, metals and desiccants to meet the most exacting needs.

Beach T-Line Filters

The triple action advantage combines three filtration processes:

  • Mechanical separation(below, section A)
  • Coalescing(below, section B)
  • Beach patented Cylform® Desiccant Element(below, section D)

The mechanical separation and coalescing step results in 80% of the oil droplets, water and large particulate removal. Net result, longer desiccant life. The desiccant element (section D) results in the final filtration.

The T-Line models F-T20C, FT-40C, and F-T60C are high tech 3 stage filters for compressed air and gasses from 20 to 60 SCFM. These unique filters remove:

  • All oil vapors and hydrocarbons
  • Moisture
  • Particulates down to 0.3 microns

All Beach Polyclear II® Filters have excellent resistance to synthetic oils, hydrocarbons, solvents, caustics and other chemicals. Maximum operating temperature 180° F

Unique Outstanding Features of Beach T-Line Filters
  • Constructed of 100% plastic components, Polyurethane, Delrin®¹
  • Lowest operating costs
  • No-tools servicing in 7 minutes
  • Clearview - Color change of desiccant is visible
  • Very low pressure drop
  • Cleanable and reusable coalescer scrubber
  • Four times the coalescing filtration versus competitive filters, plus a final desiccant after  filter
  • Optional automatic drain
  • 99.9% efficiency down to 0.3 microns
  • Guards are recommended for all clearview In-line models and T-Line Polyclear II Models
  • Up to 250 PSI with Polyclear II

Beach In-Line Filters

With 50 years of proven performance, these unique filters are available with capacities of 20,60,100,200, and 1200 SCFM at 100 PSI using Beach clearview acrylic tube with epoxy coated aluminum end caps. Pressures of 250 PSI are attainable with the Beach all aluminum models or the aluminum tube with a sight glass for visible inspection of the desiccant elements.

Like all Beach Filters, our in-line filters remove:

  • All oil vapors and hydrocarbons
  • Moisture
  • Particulates down to 0.3 microns

For more Information please consult the product specifications page.
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