In the manufacturing and process world, moisture can cause significant problems, even in small concentrations. Water (or even trace moisture) can cause corrosion in valves, pipes and motors. It reacts with chemicals like lithium, sodium, silver, ammonia, chlorine, hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide. It can destroy catalysts in hydrocarbon and petrochemical processing. And, it will freeze. So what does that mean to your processes?
- If you have pneumatic controls and tools, moisture can cause corrosion and can plug pneumatic orifices, valves and actuators.
- If you use compressed air in a manufacturing plant, moisture can cause problems in the operation of pneumatic systems, solenoid valves and air motors and can adversely affect the process or quality of the product being manufactured.
- Moisture causes rust and increased wear of moving parts in production equipment as it washes away lubrication.
- In cold weather, moisture can freeze in control lines, possibly causing faulty control operations.
- Moisture can cause corrosion of air- or gas-operated instruments, giving false readings, interrupting or shutting down plant processes.
- Moisture can cause contaminants in plastic processing like blow molding and injection molding.
- It can cause high voltage discharge in oil-filled transformers.
- Moisture significantly reduces the yield of Ozone produced by corona discharge generators.
- During certain heat-treating processes, moisture can cause oxidation of metal surfaces.
So all sorts of bad things, right? So what do we do about it? We measure for moisture of course! Rent a battery operated meter to measure trace moisture in natural gas, chemical and petrochemical gases, furnace gas, general plant facility and maintenance, air separation plants, and non-aqueous liquid applications.