Oil/Water Separators Technology Overview

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Oil-water separators are one of Jorc’s core products. They are recognized in the industry as one of the most reliable and efficient ones on the market and we continue to develop them further with utmost attention to details and market trends and demands.

What are Oil-Water Separators?

Oil-water separators are essential components in wastewater treatment systems. Especially in industries that use oil as a lubricant, such as compressed air systems. Their primary function is to separate oil and suspended solids from water, ensuring that the water can be safely discharged without harming the environment.

During the process of generating compressed air, condensate (water vapor) is produced. This moisture contains traces of oil and other contaminants. To protect the environment and equipment, this condensate must be treated. The oil-water separator is the equipment that oil doesn't end up contaminating the environment.

Why are Oil-Water Separators Important?

Environmental Protection: One liter of motor oil can contaminate one million liters of groundwater. Oil slicks can prevent oxygen from reaching aquatic life. It can also harm wildlife by affecting the insulating properties of fur-bearing animals and the water-repelling properties of bird feathers.

Legal Compliance: Many countries have stringent environmental regulations that prohibit the dumping of water containing oil. Violating such rules can lead to hefty penalties.

Efficiency and Equipment Protection: Separating oil from the condensate ensures that compressed air systems run efficiently and prevents damage to equipment.

How Do Water Oil Separators Work?

Oil-water separators operate based on the principle of adsorption, where oil settles on the surface due to its lower density than water. The process typically involves multi-stage filtration:

First Stage

The oil-containing condensate from a compressor flows into the separator and moves through a pre-filter. This filter usually consists of polypropylene fibers that adsorb the oil but not the water. These fibers, known as "oleophilic" fibers, attract oil droplets. As these fibers become saturated with oil, they sink deeper into the separator.

Second and Third Stages

After the first-stage filtration, the condensate flows through the main filters, which often use activated carbon or organoclay to further purify the condensate. These stages ensure that even the tiniest oil particles are removed.

Final Step

At the end of this process, the remaining oil residues in the condensate are collected, and the purified water can be safely discharged into the sewer system.

JORC: The Expert in Oil-Water Separation

JORC stands out as a trusted partner in the field of oil-water separation. Their SEPREMIUM range of oil/water separators is designed to handle a wide range of compressed air applications, ensuring that the condensate is treated effectively and efficiently.

Key Features of JORC Oil-Water Separators:

SEPREMIUM Series: This series offers flow rates from 70 to 2500 CFM and uses the latest adsorption technologies.

PURO-CT Series: An economical choice with flow rates from 125 to 600 CFM, known for its simple design.

Service Packs: These packs contain specially treated element fibers for optimal adsorption performance.

Carbon Elements: Replacement elements for various oil/water separator models.

Condensate Test Kits: JORC offers in-house laboratory test kits to analyze the success rate of their oil/water separators.

By choosing JORC, industries not only ensure compliance with environmental regulations but also contribute to a sustainable future. JORC's commitment to quality, innovation, and environmental protection makes it a preferred choice for many industries worldwide.

In conclusion, oil-water separators play a pivotal role in ensuring that industries operate in an environmentally responsible manner. With companies like JORC leading the way, industries can be confident in their ability to treat condensate effectively and protect our precious environment.