An air-oil separator works by separating oil mist from compressed air.
When an oil-lubricated compressor produces pressurized air, it creates an oily mixture that contains both oil droplets and air.
An air-oil separator captures these oil droplets, leaving behind dry compressed air suitable for use in tools and applications that require low levels of oil content.
Here are the basic steps involved in its operation:
- Air enters the separator after being compressed.
- As the mixture passes through the separator’s filtration media, centrifugal force causes heavier oil droplets to separate from the lighter air molecules and collect in the separator’s reservoir.
- Oil-free air exits the separator while oil is drained into a collection container or returned to the lubrication system.
Overall, the goal of an air-oil separator is to remove excess oil from compressed air to improve tool performance and prevent contamination of sensitive equipment downstream.
This allows compressed air users to enjoy reliable, efficient, and clean operation of pneumatic tools and processes.