A color-changing desiccant is a type of substance that is used to absorb moisture from the air. It is called a “color-changing” desiccant because it changes color when it becomes saturated with water vapor, indicating that it needs to be replaced. Desiccants are used in various applications, including packaging materials to keep products dry and air conditioning systems to control humidity. Color-changing desiccants are a convenient and effective way to monitor the effectiveness of moisture control measures. Find our different color-changing silica gel desiccants available at Pioneer Air Systems:
Did you know that the European Union outlawed blue indicating silica gel in 1998 because it contained a human toxin at the time, known as cobalt chloride? Orange indicating silica gel was born as an alternative and used in similar applications for industrial processes. Orange color-changing desiccants are a type of desiccant that changes color when it has absorbed a certain amount of moisture.
The color-changing feature of orange desiccants is helpful because it allows users to determine when the desiccant needs to be replaced quickly. When the desiccant is fresh and dry, it is typically a bright orange color. As it absorbs moisture, the color will gradually fade until it turns a pale yellow or white color, indicating that it is saturated and needs to be replaced.
- Packaging and storage: Silica gel beads are often placed inside packages of products such as electronics , food, and medications to absorb excess moisture and prevent damage due to humidity.
- Preservation of artifacts and documents: Silica gel is often used to preserve artifacts, documents, and other items that are sensitive to humidity.
- Industrial processes: Our top clients at Pioneer Air Systems that purchase silica gel beads are involved in industrial processes, needing the desiccants to control humidity and prevent corrosion in heavy-duty systems.
Ar Pioneer Air Systems, several types of blue color-changing desiccants are available, including silica gel, clay, and activated charcoal. Each type has its specific characteristics and is more suitable for certain applications. For example, silica gel is a highly effective desiccant, but is not as environmentally friendly as other options. Clay and activated charcoal are more natural and biodegradable, but they may not be as effective at absorbing moisture as silica gel.
Our white color-changing desiccants at Pioneer Air Systems are made of a substance that absorbs moisture from the air and holds it within its structure. As the desiccant absorbs moisture, it changes color from white to a darker hue, indicating that it can no longer absorb any more moisture.
Interested in a simple and reliable process to know when to change desiccants in your industrial system? Give Pioneer a call today for the best color changing desiccants available on the market.
Silica gel desiccants are popular for moisture control in various industries and applications. One type of silica gel desiccant that has recently boomed in popularity is the color-changing variety beads. At Pioneer, our desiccants contain a special indicator that changes color when they have absorbed moisture to capacity. There are several benefits to using color-changing silica gel desiccants, including:
One of the most significant advantages of color-changing silica gel desiccants is their ease of use. Instead of having to weigh the desiccant or use a moisture meter to determine when it needs to be replaced, you can look at the indicator’s color. When it changes from its original color to a different one, you know it’s time to replace the desiccant.
Because you can quickly see when a color-changing silica gel desiccant needs to be replaced, you don’t have to worry about constantly checking for moisture levels or remembering when to change the desiccant. This can be especially useful in environments where it is not practical to monitor moisture levels continually.
Using a color-changing silica gel desiccant can also help you save money in the long run. By replacing the desiccant before it is completely saturated, you can extend its lifespan and reduce the need for frequent replacements.
Spanning over five generations of successfully providing solutions, Pioneer remains committed to improving our client’s compressed air systems nationwide. We continue to be the leading provider of nonstandard equipment, and even back you with a 10-year warranty protection plan. Reach out to our team of experts today for quality color-changing desiccants.