How to Extend the Life of Your Breather

Breathers block the entrance of ambient air into a reservoir unless it has first gone through a cleansing process. A reservoir breather cleans any air entering the reservoir as fluid levels decrease due to normal system cycling. This type of cleansing is essential to clean all of the air entering a system, especially in harsh environments. Desiccant breather models benefit from open-circuit hydraulic systems, enabling air to enter and exit the reservoir as fluid levels increase and decrease. At TTI, we offer PowerBreatherTM desiccant breather technology designed to prevent contaminants from entering machinery, worsening its condition, and eventually degrading its performance.

Purpose of Reservoir Breathers

Beyond removing airborne particles, a reservoir breather may also remove the water molecules present in the incoming air in humid work environments. Water can do a lot of damage to equipment, including changing the oil viscosity and causing sludge formation. This technology is manufactured to allow you to closely regulate particulate contamination levels in the fluid control system. They replace the OEM breather or dust caps on a hydraulic fluid reservoir, gearbox, storage tank, oil drum, oil-filled transformer, or another type of fluid reservoir.

The PowerBreatherTM

The PowerBreatherTM line of desiccant breathers represents a significant upgrade over standard OEM breathers or dust caps on machinery. As contaminated air flows into the top of the breather, it moves through layered filter media that blocks solid particulates from traveling into the breather and inflicting damaging wear on the surfaces of the equipment. The filtered air travels through a bed of silica gel which takes damaging moisture out of the air. The silica gel desiccant also helps keep the equipment dry by drawing in moisture from inside the machine’s reservoir during shut-down or service.

Desiccant breathers protect various types of fluid reservoirs from the negative effects of contaminants (like dirt) and moisture. A desiccant breather functions by removing water and contaminants before they travel into the fluid system. The silica gel will change color when they reach maximum water capacity to indicate a replacement is required. This allows you to achieve continuous protection of your fluid system.

It is important to prevent moisture ingression in hydraulic fluids and lubricants in order to prevent the degradation of equipment operation and extend its service life. When moisture ingresses, some of the resulting issues that can occur include oxidation, rust, changes in viscosity, sludge problems, and lubricant additives/depletion. A reservoir breather can help ensure your machinery fluids are protected from contamination.

Summing it up

Prevent fluid contamination in all types of industrial applications and operating environments! To learn about TTI’s three-stage design reservoir breathers we offer for the protection of machinery and their operations from particle contaminants and unwanted moisture, call us today at 303-585-0132 or complete our contact form and leave us a message.