If you need constant control over dew point or relative humidity (RH) in your manufacturing, assembly, or production process, you will need some kind of humidity control system. Uncontrolled humidity can lead to a variety of problems that hurt your bottom line. With the help of a dedicated dehumidification system, you’ll be able to control the dew point and ensure the quality and consistency of your operation.
The first action when implementing a moisture control system in a facility is to install an air conditioning (AC) system if you presently do not have one. This system will remove some moisture while cooling the air, but for complete humidity and dew point control, you will also need a dedicated dehumidifier.
Dehumidifier Corporation of America’s commercial dehumidification systems can operate full-time or on as needed. Our systems operate using standard commercial 230/460 single and three-phase power. Dedicated dehumidification systems are normally permanently mounted and ducted. These features make DCA’s commercial systems better suited for full-time operation compared to smaller, portable dehumidifiers that run on standard wall power (115V) and are not ductable. Small portable units also do not have the capability to discharge cool dry air as well as warm dry air.
Adding an optional outdoor remote condenser will further allow the DCA dehumidification system to supply cool or warm dry air to any space. This solution is sufficient if the climate allows, but additional heating can be added as needed. In addition, you can add MERV 8 specification air filters to any DCA dehumidifier for filtering airborne dirt and dust particles.
Industrial Applications for Dehumidification Systems
Many applications benefit from installing an industrial dehumidification system for their operations, including but not limited to:
- Food Packaging: Businesses in the food industry require effective moisture control systems to maintain the integrity of end products. Controlling humidity in packaging lines is critical, particularly for dry foods, as it keeps products dry and prevents clumping in packaging machinery and subsequent breakdowns.
- Printing: Printing applications rely heavily on dehumidification systems. Humidity in printing rooms must be controlled to ensure proper registry, appropriate ink drying times, and minimal controlled water content in cardboard or paper. Dehumidification contributes to overall efficiency and reduces downtime.
- Pharmaceuticals: Moisture control in the pharmaceutical industry prevents contamination that could otherwise spoil tablets or pills.
- Water Treatment: Operations in the water treatment industry depend on dehumidification systems to lower housekeeping expenses due to corrosion, rust, mildew, mold, and other issues.
- Defense: Most facilities and operations in the defense industry have tight humidity specifications for products they purchase from private vendors.
- Electronics: Electronics manufacturing is sensitive to humidity and requires strict moisture control. Research and development labs, circuit board manufacturing, chip production, and assembly facilities require industrial dehumidifiers to ensure the integrity of these products.
- Indoor Pool Rooms: Indoor swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, and other warm bodies of water contained indoors require constant moisture control to prevent the buildup of mold, mildew, bacteria, corrosion, and rust on structural surfaces. Indoor pool room dehumidifiers also help maintain a comfortable, safe environment for occupants.
There are many more applications for dehumidifiers not listed here. DCA can manufacture dedicated custom dehumidification systems for other applications based on their unique requirements. Nearly every application that requires moisture control will need a system that can remove excess moisture from outdoor air before it enters a facility.
Oftentimes, if outdoor air is humid and a facility is only equipped with an AC system, it may not be able to control humidity to proper levels. When the external moisture load is larger than the internal load present, the humid air can condense on cold ducts and coils, eventually causing mold and mildew growth. If left unchecked, repeated exposure to this contaminated air may put workers at risk for Legionnaires disease or other respiratory issues.
Benefits of an Industrial Dehumidifier
Dedicated dehumidification systems offer the most effective solution for moisture control. There are two main types of industrial dehumidifiers on the market:
- Desiccant Dehumidifiers: (Not provided by DCA) If your facility requires a dew point below 50 °F, desiccant dehumidifiers are best. These systems remove small amounts of moisture so that the dew point can drop below 50 °F. Examples of facilities that need desiccant dehumidifiers are cold storage warehouses and ice rinks.
- Mechanical/Refrigerant Dehumidifiers: (Provided by DCA) When facilities require the dew point to be higher than 50 °F, they require mechanical or refrigerant dehumidification. One of the most common applications for these dehumidifiers is indoor swimming pool rooms, which need larger volumes of moisture to be removed.
Industrial dehumidifiers are heavy-duty devices that can operate full-time, permanently mounted in the building or on rooftops. These systems can sufficiently control moisture in large spaces without leaving any pockets of dead air. They can also run on a wide range of commercial power settings. Add-on electric and gas furnaces can help meet additional heat demands.
These systems come with either vertical or horizontal airflow cabinets to meet the needs of different duct systems. You can choose from wall-mounted temperature and humidity controls or integrate the dehumidifier into the existing building management system.
Using the right type of dehumidifier system, you’ll enjoy the following benefits:
- Preserve building integrity
- Improve and regulate product quality
- Prevent bacterial and fungal growth
- Prevent condensation
- Prevent corrosion
- Prevent foul odors
Why Choose Industrial Dehumidification Systems From DCA
Proper control of relative humidity and dew point will improve your facility’s processes and benefit your bottom line. With over 25 years of dedicated experience in industrial dehumidification systems, Dehumidifier Corporation of America (DCA) will support you in all your humidity control needs.
DCA can custom design a dehumidification system specifically for your facility depending on its operating conditions and requirements. Contact DCA to learn more about the unique solutions we provide.