Best-In-Class Compressed Air System Reliability Requires the Right Partner
After an extensive review by Gardner Denver, Lewis Systems has been selected as the new Authorized Distributor in the Eastern and Tidewater areas of Virginia. But, we are not new to Gardner Denver nor to Virginia. As their compressed air and compressed air treatment distributor in North Carolina and Central Virginia for the last 30 years, Lewis Systems has the service expertise and dependability to help you maintain your Gardner Denver product warranty while maximizing the efficiency and productivity of your entire compressed air system.
Lewis Systems & Service Company has been building and sustaining Gardner Denver compressors and compressed air systems for decades. Lewis Systems will leverage its vast industry experience and knowledge to be your local resource for everything related to compressed air systems – from service to a complete system design and installation that takes advantage of Gardner Denver’s broad array of reliable products and technologies.
Lewis Systems is headquartered in Greensboro, NC with branches in Lynchburg, VA, Rocky Mount, NC, and Charlotte, NC. Lewis Systems provides 24-hour, 7 days a week emergency service to compressed air customers. Their team is ready to assist with your sales, service, and technical support needs. The new area, in particular, will be served through their locations in Lynchburg, VA. Lewis Systems can be reached using the following contact information:
Lewis Systems & Service Company
126 Bradley Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501
434-455-0361 or 877-855-6830
Or visit our homepage for more information.
We recently did a blog post on Summer Preventative Maintenance, (check it out here). One of the key points listed in that post was making sure your oil/water separators are operating properly. So let’s take a look at what an oil/water separator is and why it is so important.
A typical compressed air and gas system can produce a tremendous amount of condensate each year so it’s important to know how to treat oil or water condensate in a compressed air system. This condensate is usually a mixture of condensed water and hydrocarbon vapors. It’s extracted from your compressed air system at various points. The compressor aftercooler, compressed air receiver, compressed air dryer and various line filters. So what do you do with all of this “stuff”? You need to either collect it and pay someone to haul it off or you can treat it and dispose of it properly. Since over 98% of the condensate is pure water it makes sense financially to separate the lubricant from the condensate then dispose of it properly. An Oil/Water Separator will do that for you.
Traditional oil/water separators operate on the basis of using a settling tank and gravity to do the bulk of the separation. Oil is skimmed off the surface and discharged into a separate container for proper disposal and the rest of the condensate, up to 98% of it is sent through a filtration process, usually a bed of carbon. The carbon bag/filter has to be maintained on a regular basis to ensure your discharge water is meeting government regulations in your area. The “settling” tank has to be emptied and cleaned and the carbon bags have to be pre-soaked with water before you install them. Proper sizing is key here due to the variety of synthetic lubricants on the market and fluctuating humidity levels. If a system is not sized correctly, media life is shortened and system back up can occur, spilling oil and making a general mess.
Newer designs of oil-water separators have been coming out recently to make the separation process more environmentally friendly and easier to maintain. Our friends at nano Purification Solutions have a great product that addresses the pain points of a traditional setup. Their design utilizes a unique filtration media that not only outperforms carbon technologies but is also made out of environmentally recycled materials. It’s so efficient that there is no need for oil skimming and collecting. The media is very light and there is no pre-soaking before installing it. You have one discharge port with clean water, down to 5 ppmw or less.
Important Points to Remember:
- Proper disposal of oil/water condensate is required by law
- Separating and treating it on site results in considerable savings
- Employing the latest technology from nano and Lewis Systems gives you peace of mind. (you don’t want the EPA knocking on your door).