Sorbead® Air: The Ideal Adsorbent for Air Drying

BASF Sorbead® Air adsorbents are alumino silicate gels in the form of hard, spherical beads. They are essential in removing water from compressed air so that the efficiency of chemical processes is not compromised. Sorbead® Air is the most energy saving and environmentally friendly adsorbent available for the air compression industry.

Sorbead® Air is known to cut energy and maintenance costs significantly due to many of its properties. It is the best adsorbent to use for the dehydration of air because of its:

  • Large surface area, which leads to a larger adsorption capacity
  • Low desorption temperature, which decreases the amount of energy used in regeneration
  • Ability to achieve low pressure dew points
  • Long lifetime due to its abrasion resistance and mechanical and thermal stability

Sorbead® Air Datasheets

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Sorbead Air ® Inside Program

Sorbead Air ® Inside Program has been designed to develop more significant relationships with Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) companies who recognize unique value of market-leading Sorbead Air ® adsorbents for compressed air dryers. This mutually beneficial partnership ensures that OEM receives all necessary technical and commercial support while using Sorbead Air ® products in existing or new lines of compressed air dryers. For more details about Sorbead Air ® Inside Program, please contact BASF (responsible Marketing Manager).

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Sorbead® Air can be used in the most energy efficient, environmentally friendly systems.

With Sorbead® Air you save:

  • 15% in energy due to low desorption temperatures
  • 5% in energy due to high dynamic capacity
  • 25% to 40% on refills due to long life span

Systems Sorbead® Air should be used for:

Sorbead® Air can be used in the most energy efficient, environmentally friendly systems.

Dryer Sorbead® Air Activated Alumina Molecular Sieve
External heat-generated (purgeless) X
Heat-of-Compression (HOC) X
Cold regenerated (heatless) X X
External Heat regenerated (standard) X X

BASF offers a full portfolio of products to support the compressed air industry including Activated Alumina and Molecular Sieves.

Adsorbent Solutions for Compressed Air Drying

The compression of humid ambient air, for example in an industrial application, produces liquid water by condensation. If the application does not allow moisture for chemical-physical reasons or danger arises due to the precipitation of the moisture, the air must be dried before compression.

Activated Alumina F200

  • Smooth sphere of activated alumina
  • Used with a wide variety of liquids and gases
  • Relatively low pressure due point achieved
  • Average lifespan and energy usage
  • Used with standard systems

Molecular Sieve

  • Synthetic crystalline aluminosilicate
  • Used when there is low relative humidity
  • Can achieve a low pressure dew point
  • Short life span and high energy use
  • Used with special systems
  • Only ideal in the conditions listed above

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Life time energy and desiccant costs (New Dryer)
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Desiccant DesiccantActivated Alumina DesiccantSorbead® Air
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