Oil Conditioning System Removes Water and Contaminants, Prolonging Equipment Life


Pentair Industrial introduces the Driflex™ Oil Conditioning System for complete removal of free, emulsified and dissolved water from a wide variety of industrial and mobile lubrication and hydraulic systems. On average, oil contamination from dirt and water causes 70-80% of lubricated equipment wear and failures. Driflex decreases water concentration and improves particulate filtration effectiveness to optimize oil condition and minimize equipment wear, reducing maintenance expenses and costly downtime. Driflex achieves oil dehydration by utilizing the fundamental principles of mass transfer: Moisture diffuses from regions of high concentration to low, such as from oil contaminated with moisture to dry air. First, oil is pumped from its reservoir through Driflex’s high efficiency particle filter, which cleans the oil and protects the system’s dehydration contactor from damage. The oil then flows through Driflex’s dehydration contactor while extremely dry air sweeps over the outside. The moisture differential within the contactor causes the moisture to be transferred from the oil to the air, and exhausted out of the system as moisturized air. Environmentally, no wastewater or other disposables are generated in the process—and the oil returns to the reservoir. Unlike vacuum purifiers, Driflex is cost-effective, conveniently sized and easy to maintain—with no moving parts or flow/level controls to adjust. Its compact design makes it well suited for periodic use on reservoirs throughout an entire facility. Driflex may also be dedicated to a particular reservoir to provide continuous conditioning, ensuring that oil is optimized without the fluctuations in water concentration that occur with periodic oil purification or replacement. This advanced oil conditioning technology leads to significant savings in operation and maintenance expenses. For example, decreasing water concentration from 250 ppm to 40 ppm can triple bearing life, reducing replacement and labor costs—and increasing overall profitability. With its simple, reliable operation, Driflex enhances equipment performance and optimizes service life—at a cost-effective price.
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