Why is Industrial Deionization Needed in Manufacturing?

Industrial-quality deionized water is important for manufacturing because it is a supply of completely demineralized water. Deionization (DI) removes all total dissolved solids (TDS) and minerals from the water to produce pure water. Other methods, such as reverse osmosis or nanofiltration, may greatly lower your TDS and be suitable for some applications, but industrial deionizers are designed to take your TDS to zero.

Why is complete demineralization important for industrial environments? Primary reasons for industrial DI usage include protecting your equipment and reducing the opportunity for mineral build-up. For example, if sodium is present in your manufacturing supply, that may build up over time and corrode equipment. Adding an industrial deionizer prevents harmful minerals from downstream processes and equipment.

In particular, manufacturing processes that utilize high pressure steam have a vital need for industrial deionized/demineralized water.  Boilers and steam generators can quickly build up with minerals such as calcium carbonate, reducing their efficiency and longevity. This can also cause problems later in the process of energy generation or production. That is why a correctly-sized deionizer can have a strong ROI – you will extend the life of your industrial equipment and minimize downtime.

Water for microelectronics, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics production are other common and important applications of industrial deionization. These processes and their resulting products require pure water that will not interact with other ingredients in unintended ways. These industries also have many regulatory standards for which deionization can be an important part of the compliance solution.

Another area where industrial deionization is important is when water is utilized directly with the finished product, such as when a product is rinsed with water in the final stages. As a simple example, commercial deionizers in manufacturing paint lines prevent spots that would otherwise compromise the quality of the finished product if the water was not deionized.

Industrial deionizers are not cheap, but they can be an excellent investment with an unbeatable ROI. However, it is important to work with Industrial Water Solutions to develop an industrial water deionization solution that fits your needs.  Start by using our industrial deionizer size calculator for your industry. Then contact our independent, expert engineers at Industrial Water Solutions who can help you build a custom deionization plan that is cost-efficient and tailored perfectly for you.