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Time's running out for many compressed air dryers, but we've got the plan!

Time's running out for many compressed air dryers, but we've got the plan!

Monday 24th October 2011

They're often neglected, but a well maintained, fully charged compressed air dryer is a vital component in ensuring the efficiency of any compressed air system's operation - so it may shock users to know that new environmental regulations mean many dryers are about to become totally redundant.

If current model dryers break down, with all the serious consequences this would have on many businesses, it may be impossible to repair them.  This is because over 40% of dryers use HCFC R22 gas and under new F-Gas regulations (a re-cast of Ozone Regulation EC/1005/200G) only recycled product can be used - but it's rapidly running out.

Worse still, recycled R22 will be banned from the end of 2014.  Virgin R22 gas was banned last year, and since July this year all users with refrigeration dryers utilising 3kg or more of HCFCs must be qualified engineer inspected every 12 months.

Fortunately, Thorite can help businesses by providing full information on R22 gas redundancy.  They can also have a member of their Capital Equipment Team visit concerned businesses and answer any questions, as well as providing a quote for a replacement dryer and by-pass system.

With Thorite's planned dryer replacement programme customers gain the twin benefits of better compressed air quality and improved efficiency.  Thorite can also provide fully qualified engineers to check dryers and complete compressed air installations, to give total peace of mind that all F-Gas obligations are being met.

The Thorite Capital Equipment Team can be contacted on 0800 034 1790 - ask for Dryers-Technical, or emailed on

Time's running out for current dryers, so it makes real sense to get in touch sooner rather than later.

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