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What Are Power Breathers, How Do They Work, and Why Are They Important?

If you work with any sort of industrial equipment, you've probably heard the term "Power Breather" before. Large-scale machinery, gearboxes, sumps and reservoirs, and other types of production equipment make use of them. But if you're not sure what they are or how they work, then you're in the right place. In this article, the industrial filtration experts at Advanced Filtration will not only go over the basics of Power Breathers, but also we'll explain why they are an important component for your critical machinery. What is a Power Breather? The Power Breather belongs to the family of devices known as desiccant breathers. Desiccants are materials that both attract and hold water molecules--technically known as a hygroscopic substance. Desiccants produce a state of dryness around them, and are commonly found in items we buy regularly. The small packet labeled "Do Not Eat" found inside a pack of beef jerky or a bottle of medication is a desiccant. Another place you commonly see desiccants are new shoes. Basically any product that could be ruined or spoiled by moisture or humidity is likely to ship with some sort of desiccant included. Desiccant breathers are devices installed on a machine that not only…
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