Technology and technology utilisation are the key drivers of the manufacturing innovation and productivity enhancement, pushing the substantial and rapid transformation the business models and market structures. Apart from the advanced materials and digitalisation in manufacturing, automation and robotics play a key role modern manufacturing processes to make the business model competitive which is the need of the hour in this century to achieve sustainable growth.
While we talk about automation, industry relentlessly rely on pneumatically operated machines because of the better productivity, safety in handling, cost effective and the reliability of the automation processes. Efforts by the Research and Development are on devising innovative manufacturing and production machineries which could function flawlessly and continuously for all the three shifts with minimum manpower for machine operation and supervision.
While the market demands the most competitive products along with reliability, the manufacturing processes looks for cost effective automation which in turn depend on the fourth utility called Compressed air.
Compressed air is an important medium for transfer of energy in industrial processes to operate pneumatic cylinders for automation, atomise paint, to power the power tools, air hammers and air bearings.
It is not for no reason that compressed air is known as the fourth utility: the purity of compressed air is so vital that the eventual quality of the product mostly depends on clean and dryness of the air. No processes can afford to have moisture either in the air cylinders or in the painting guns so much so that in the manufacturing parleys moisture is treated as a menace.
Compressed air is vital source of energy in the pharmaceutical and food industries where the quality of the end product depends on the purity of the air as Compressed air come in contact with the end product like antibiotics and milk during pasteurisation.
What Is Compressed Air Quality Standard ISO 8573.1: 2010
Compressed air could be generated with inexpensive process but it would turn out to be the most expensive one if impurities like heat, dust, oil and moisture are not completed eliminated. Certain processes in pharmaceuticals need bacteria free air and Ventilators call for virus free air too!
Compressed air Quality Standard ISO 8573.1: 2010, a group of international standards stipulating the purity and quality of Compressed air provide guidelines for the compressed air that could be tolerated in applications in the industrial use. This standard was reviewed and confirmed in 2017 and this version is current and holds good.
Even the smallest possible risk of contamination can impair processes such as material handling, process air and product drying, control valves and cylinders and other tools. These adverse effects can often only be resolved at significant expense directly affecting the profitability.
How To Achieve Absolute Filtration Of Dust And Oil
Development of technology in the generation of Compressed air has been an ongoing activity and