An oil mist eliminator works by trapping or filtering out the oil mist that are byproducts of machines in order to ensure that these mist are not released into the surrounding environment. When mechanical machines are turned on, the result of its action is the oil mist. There are many different kinds of machines that emit oil mist such as turbines, vacuum pumps, gears, reciprocating engines, compressor pumps and transmissions and many more. When oil mist is not controlled, it could pose a risk to the environment as well as to the health of the human around it. Furthermore, once the oil mist is not controlled, it will eventually lead to the buildup of oil and it can leave residue to the surrounding area where the machineries are placed.
There are different technologies that are now adapted by the oil mist eliminator and are employed in the industry. No matter what the type of the technology is used, it is directly connected to the machine that is emitting the oil mist either through piping, attaching it to the release opening or mounting it directly with the machine. Many of the technologies are already developed in a way that the trapped oil can be sent back inside the machine in order to be reuse instead of just dumping and adding to the wastes. The most typical component of an oil mist eliminator is composed of a filter system that is responsible in condensation so as to separate the oil from the mist and then the oil is sent back to the machine. Majority of the systems now are equipped with a pressure valve to ensure the safety of the machine as well as the people working around it. The pressure valve ensures that pressure will not accumulate inside the mechanical system of the eliminator. There are machines that emit oil mist that has harmful contaminants and for these machines, there is an absorbing technology used that can either have charcoal or other types of absorbing chemicals. These chemicals are there to ensure that the harmful contaminants will not be released from the machine and out into the environment.
There are machines like oil-sealed pumps that are employed in the industry but it does not have oil mist as a byproduct, therefore, oil mist eliminators are unnecessary in this case. There are different considerations when choosing the type of eliminator to use. First, one should determine the capacity as well as the volume of the oil mist that the equipment will be able to handle. This is because eliminators have limits when it comes to the amount of gas that can pass through their system. Second, find an eliminator that has other features especially those that will be used on machines that emit harmful contaminants along with the oil mist. Lastly, take into the consideration how often the maintenance of the eliminator is required. As much as possible, do not choose equipment that needs to be maintained often or ones that need filter changing more often than others.