Looking to lower the relative humidity of your facility? Pioneer Air Systems offers effective silica gel beads for drying compressed air and natural gasses.
The chemical composition of silica gel makes it an optimal solution when water vapor or other molecules need to be absorbed. Explained below are the three types of silica gel offered at Pioneer Air Systems
Non-indicating white silica gel desiccants have a high purity level, vapor capacity, and drying efficiency. White industrial silica gel comes in various mesh sizes.
It’s named white silica gel because the material is non-reactive, meaning its color remains white even after humidity and moisture absorption. This gel enables large surface areas and is commonly used in medicines and electronics.
Orange-indicating silica gel gets its color from methyl violet, a toxic and poisonous compound. This gel changes from orange to green upon reaching maximum absorption capacity. Once the gel becomes green, the source should be reactivated by heat and can be reused as soon as the orange shade returns.
Blue-indicating silica gel contains cobalt chloride, which creates a distinctive blue color. This gel type is the leading option for high water affinity. Blue silica gel is a reactive source and will change to a pink color once maximum absorption capacity has been reached.
Color changing is a valuable instrument in identifying the right time to reactivate heat to draw out humidity and moisture. Once the source becomes blue, your system is ready. It’s important to note that blue-indicating silica gel shouldn’t be used in applications like medicine and food because cobalt chloride content is poisonous.
Industries across the board rely on silica gel desiccants for protection against humidity and moisture for complex compressed air drying systems. Listed below are common applications for gel desiccants:
Silica gel is deployed as a refrigerant in the gas electrospray industry. Gel is an excellent absorbent alternative in adsorption systems. Silica can absorb impurities in material that must be separated or purified for this application.
Silica gel is necessary for most operations in pharmaceutical manufacturing. It’s an important agent in extending the shelf life of medicine in bottles. Gel is also composed of non-toxic material and absorbs moisture in bottles.
Camera gear across all media and entertainment industries requires regular maintenance. Moisture in a camera’s lens causes quick system failure. Silica gel removes moisture and prevents fog in the short term while prolonging the lifespan of the equipment.
Since 1980, Pioneer Air Systems has provided the highest quality of compressed air and gas treatment products on the market. We’ve built our reputation as the go-to provider for custom, nonstandard equipment designs. Pioneer even offers a 10-year warranty to protect your investment. Contact the experts today for silica gel desiccant solutions.