You cannot mix oil and water is a common saying that you can experience for yourself at home. If you fill a glass with water and add a few drops of oil to the top, you’ll find that the oil just sits on the surface of the water and that it does not mix with that liquid. When you work in a manufacturing facility that uses one or more compressors, you will find that you need oil water separators because these tools do a few important things for you beyond just separating the water from the oil.
Extend Compressor Life
The most important reason to invest in a separator is because it will extend the life of your compressor. When you allow the oil and water to flow through at the same rate, you risk the oil leaving behind a slick film that wears down all the internal parts. If you use oil for lubrication, you also risk the water pushing that oil off faster than it should, which will require that you waste time and money on more oil. Using a separator lets you use the right ratio and separate the two liquids to extend the life of the compressor.
Test the Water
Some of the newest models on the market now come with an optional water testing feature that can help you test that liquid on a regular basis. You might use the testing kit to find out whether there is an oil in the water, which lets you know if the separator works properly, but you can also use the kit to see if there are any impurities in the water that might damage the compressor. Those impurities can damage other tools and products on your manufacturing line too.
It takes just one overflow for you to realize just how many problems water can cause. When too much water reaches your line, it can damage all the electrical components and create a slick floor that your workers can slide across. As they have a difficult time walking and moving across the line, workers can suffer from some common injuries. Some of the newer separators come with an overflow alarm that automatically alerts you at the first sign of an overflow. With separators designed for use with water and oil, you can save money running your manufacturing facility.