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Vacuum Heat Regen Desiccant Air Dryer


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 Xebec Overview & Introduction
 Fundamentals of Desiccant Air Drying Technology
 Vacuum Heat Regen (Zero Purge) Desiccant Air Dryer
 Maintenance of Vacuum Heat Regen Desiccant Dryer

Note : The information in this presentation is confidential & is meant for M+W &
Medtronic Singapore internal use only, & must not be given to any 3rd party company
without the written permission from Xebec Adsorption South East Asia Pte Ltd.

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Xebec South East Asia Facility

(Top left): Company Service Vans


(Above): Singapore Sales Office with area
over 4500 sq ft
(Bottom left): Xebec Dryer

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Fundamentals of Desiccant Air
Drying Technology

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WHY TREAT COMPRESSED AIR
A compressor takes in atmospheric air that is loaded with moisture, dirt, dust
fibers and bacteria. Due to constant use, wear & tear, most compressors deliver
large amounts of oil fumes along with compressed air. The hot air delivered by a
compressor carries contaminants which cause corrosion, excessive wear,
malfunction and ultimately failure of your compressed air components, tools and
system. To assure a reliable and efficient operation of a plant, these
contaminants must be removed.

190M particles/m3

AIR
COMPRESSOR RUST TO COMPRESSED
AIR SYSTEM

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Fundamentals
on purification of compressed air
The air loaded with moisture,particles and oil is
purified by means of filtration and drying.
 filteredare:
Solid particles &
coalescing components

dried are :
all vapour phase components

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Fundamentals
on water separation and drying
Water vapour content g/m ³

58.3
filtration
17.5
4.50 condensation

0.76 adsorption

0.10
-40 -20 0 20 40
Dew point °C
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Fundamentals
structure of the desiccant
n Adsorbents
with fine pores
inner surface area
up to 1000 m² /g
n Adsorbents types
- Molecular sieve
- silica gel
- activated alumina

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Fundamentals
Regeneration - Heatless
Loading time after each load situation
tB = 3 - 5 min. Adsorption of moisture
on external desiccant surface.

Regeneration without heat supply instead with a partial


flow (typically 15%) of already dried and expanded
compressed air in the counter current direction.

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Fundamentals
Regeneration - Heated
Loading time after each load set-up
tB = 4 - 8 h. Adsorption of moisture on
external surfaces and internal pores
of desiccant beads.

Regeneration with externally heated air in order to


evaporate the moisture that is accumulated deep in the
pores. The regeneration medium carrys the moisture out
from the desiccant & is exhausted out of the plant room.

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Fundamentals
Adsorption - Desorption
n Adsorption drying
requires two vessels,
filled with an adsorbent

Desorption
(drying agent)

Adsorption
n Adsorption and
desorption take place
simultaneously at
the same time

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Vacuum Heat Regeneration
(Zero Purge) Desiccant Air Dryer

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Energy Costs on the Rise Again
11July08 @ US$147

Current
US$72

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Electricity Tariff on the Rise Again

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Vacuum Heat Regen (Zero Purge) Dryer
Can Help Companies to Save Energy!

 Does not use valuable


compressed air for regeneration of
desiccant
 Ambient air is used for both the
heat regeneration cycle & cooling
cycle
 Autodew control for Dewpoint
Dependent Switching (DDS) to
maximize energy savings

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Characteristics of Xebec Vacuum Heat Regen Dryer

 SS desiccant bed support for effective air flow distribution


 External heater (low watt density type for long life span)
 Reliable vacuum pump of continuous duty type
 Intensive closed loop cooling option (Zero Purge) for countries
with high humidity)
 Siemens PLC control – monitors all critical operating
conditions

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Heat Regen Cycle (Right Chamber)

CDA out

Wet
Air in

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Cooling Cycle (Right Chamber)

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Re-Pressurization (Right Chamber)

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Heat Regen Cycle (Left Chamber)

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Cooling Cycle (Left Chamber)

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Re-Pressurization (Left Chamber)

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Adsorption / Desorption Information

200
After the heating
Desorption
and before switch over

150
Range (160 to 200°C)
from

Temperature °C
desorption to
adsorption,the desiccant

100
bed must
be cooled to Transition
approx. 60°C, range (70 to 80°C)
to avoid a heat and

50
pressure dewpoint spike.
Adsorption
0 Range (20 to 60°C)

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Major Component – Switching Valves

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Switching Valves  High performance butterfly valve
 For 2” and larger valves requirement
 Inlet and Regen Exhaust Valves

 Double or Single acting rack &


pinion actuator for long life &
precise operation

 Full face sealing mechanism


for long life

 Features
 SS Disc
 Carbon Steel Body

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Major Component – External Heater

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External Electric Heater
Flanged immersion heater
 Low watt density type (for long life span)
 Incoloy* sheath element
Insulated heater housing
Temp dependent Regeneration cycles
 Adequate regeneration is confirmed by
actual regen air outlet temperature, not
simply by a timer

* Alloy which combines good strength with excellent


resistance to oxidation & carbonization under high
temperature conditions

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Vacuum Pump
 Quiet operation
 Totally enclosed fan cooled
housing
 Sized for required regen vacuum
pressure and maximum required
regen flow rate
 Brands of Vacuum Pump may
varies

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User Interface/Text Display
OPERATOR INTERFACE

F1 => DRYER STATUS


F2 => MANUAL STEP AHEAD (MANUAL MODE ONLY)
F3 => DRYER ALARM STATUS
F4 => ALARM RESET

SHIFT=> In order to choose one of the next four options, the SHIFT
button must be pressed first. An “s” in the lower right corner
indicates the upper row is now active.

F5 => DRYER OPERATING MODE MENU


F6 => HEATER SHEATH TEMPERATURE AND SETPOINT
F7 => HEATER OUTLET TEMPERATURE AND SETPOINTS
F8 => REGEN. OUTLET TEMPERATURE AND SETPOINTS

ARROWS ALLOW USER TO SCROLL UP OR DOWN INSIDE OF


DISPLAY. A FLASHING ARROW ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE
SCREEN INDICATE THAT MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE IN
THE DIRECTION OF THE ARROW AND CAN BE ACCESSED BY
USING THE SCROLL ARROWS.

ESC => ACCESSES THE MENU MODE.

ENTER=> TO CONFIRM THE COMMAND.

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Maintenance of Vacuum Heat
Regeneration Adsorption Dryer

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Daily Maintenance
Visual Check

• Unusual noises
• Check for any alarm
• Check dewpoint
• Check inlet pressure & temperature
• Check that filter condensate drain is working
• Check drain pipe for blockage

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Weekly Maintenance
Visual Check
• Check Filter’s differential pressure indicator. If in
region of 8~10 psi indicates that element is dirty &
should be replaced
•Inspect inlet suction filter & clean or replace if
clogged, dirty or damaged

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Monthly Maintenance
• Check silencers/mufflers on dryer and
replace if clogged or dirty
• Check dryer operation cycle for proper
operation of butterfly valves & solenoid
valves.
• Check if heater outlet temp is between 350
degF & 450 degF (Press Shift F7)

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Annual Maintenance
• Replace the suction inlet filter
• Replace elements of Pre, After-filters &
Final air filter at least once a year
• Disassemble, clean & inspect all check
valves (if possible)
• Calibration of Autodew sensor

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Thank you for your attention.

Any Questions ?

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