Silexa Condensate Separator
What is the Silexa 60?
The Silexa 60 is a highly effective but compact condensate separator. This disposable unit is specifically designed for small compressor installations, normally consisting of piston or screw compressors with an output of around 60 cfm (15 HP) or less. Traditionally condensate separators have been designed for much larger installations, making them more expensive, physically bigger and less simple to install and maintain than the Silexa. As a result, many small installations do not include a condensate separator, meaning that the oil contaminated discharge from the compressor is illegally disposed of down the drain without treatment. With legislation being tightened and enforced, this practice can lead to large fines and even temporary shutdown of the business.
With the introduction of the Silexa 60 there is now a viable alternative. This very simple but highly effective device can remove the oil from the compressor condensate, leaving it clean enough to be discharged down the drain (check local legislation), and since the unit is designed for small installations, it has the right price tag too. If however you have a slightly large installation, multiple Silexa 60 units can be manifolded together to provide a perfect solution with the right capacity.
How It Works
The condensate enters through the inlet on top of the unit and is immediately depressurized in a small chamber which vents to atmosphere. The oil/water mixture then slowly passes through the unit and the special material it contains, which removes the oil. The cleaned mixture then exits through the outlet on right hand side of the unit. This is a simple enough process, the clever part is in the development of special material inside the unit which retains the oil while allowing the water to pass. This specially developed material (patents pending) is significantly more effective than activated carbon and lasts much longer. As a result, the unit is small and light, which not only reduces product cost but also shipping and handling costs.
Installation And Set-up
The Silexa can be installed and running very quickly. The unit comes with a simple bracket built into the back that should be screwed to the wall. Once the Silexa unit is in place it's a simple job of running 1/4" poly tubing from the condensate outlet of the compressor to the Silexa inlet, which has a push fit connection as standard. The Silexa outlet is also a push fit connection (3/8"), which makes running the outlet pipe to the drain very simple and quick. Just make sure that the tube used is suitable for the job.
Disposal And Replacement
After about 5,000 running hours or 12 months the material inside the unit will become saturated and will no longer be able to retain the incoming oil. At this point traditional separators would need to be serviced, which is not only time consuming but also a very unpleasant and messy task. This is not the case with the Silexa. Instead, after the inlet and outlet tubes are removed, the base in which the unit sits is simply removed and clipped over the top of the unit, while the supplied plug is pushed in to the outlet, making the whole unit leak tight. The unit can then be removed from the wall bracket and disposed of and a new unit can be instantly slotted into place. The whole process takes no more than 10 minutes and does not involve getting covered in stinky oily water.
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