SECOTEC refrigerant dryers up to 138 cfm

Refrigerant air dryers with energy-saving controls for stable pressure dew point performance

With their high-efficiency storage control, SECOTEC TA to TC series (*) refrigerated air dryers can achieve dew points as low as 38°F, all while ensuring maximum efficiency at all times. A generously-sized thermal mass reduces material stress and assures stable pressure dew point performance.

  • Significant savings potential during part load operation and during breaks
  • Highly durable and easy maintenance system design
  • Air-cooled versions for ambient temperatures up to 110°F

Your advantages

  • Energy savings:
    Thanks to the part-load energy-saving control, excess cooling power can be temporarily stored in the thermal mass for later cooling without the need for power consumption.
  • Long-term reliability:
    The high-quality refrigerant circuit of SECOTEC refrigerated dryers assures reliable performance in ambient temperatures up to +110°F. The large condensate separator and electronic Eco-Drain condensate drain provide reliable condensate removal during all load phases. Electrical equipment complies with EN 60204-1.
  • Exceptionally service-friendly:
    The enclosure was designed with easy component accessibility in mind, which helps significantly reduce labor costs for maintenance and testing work.

* Dryers from this series contain the fluorinated greenhouse gas R-513A.

The perfect partner: the KCF oil/water separator
KCF condensate filters

The Kaeser Condensate Filter (KCF) automatically removes lubricant from compressor condensate. This allows for easy and economical disposal of condensate in an environmentally responsible way. The low maintenance system requires no electricity for operation.


Product details

SECOTEC – always saving energy

The load on a refrigerated dryer doesn't just depend on the volume of compressed air to be dried (grey area), but more importantly depends on how much water the incoming compressed air contains. The volume of water (moisture) increases as the temperature rises, so the load on refrigerated dryers increases dramatically when ambient temperatures are high, such as during summer (yellow curve).

Conversely, when the temperature drops during the winter (turquoise curve), there is less load on refrigerated dryers. To maintain a stable pressure dew point throughout these fluctuations, refrigerated dryers should be designed to provide sufficient performance during peak load times, and have additional reserve capacity.

Like the flow rate and temperature range, refrigerated dryers are always operating within the load range of 0 to 100%. Because SECOTEC storage control ensures energy is only used as needed across this entire load range, users benefit from exceptional savings.

The energy-saving effect
R-513A: A future-proof refrigerant

The use of small volumes of the future-proof R-513A refrigerant provides security of supply for maintenance work throughout the entire life of the refrigerated dryer.


  • The use of greenhouse gases is becoming ever more strictly regulated throughout the world. Installation of highly compact heat exchangers - such as SECOPACK LS and micro-channel condensers - considerably reduces refrigerant demand.
  • The greenhouse gas potential of R-513A is significantly lower compared to the refrigerants that have commonly been used in refrigerated dryers up until now.
  • R-513A is equivalent to R-134a. It is neither toxic nor flammable.
Maximum energy savings thanks to storage control
Maximum energy savings thanks to storage control with SECOTEC refrigeration dryers

The duty-cycle of refrigerated dryers is always fluctuating between 0 and 100%. Unlike conventional partial-load control systems, SECOTEC storage control precisely adjusts electrical power consumption during all load phases.

This allows SECOTEC refrigerated dryers to save almost 60% of energy costs compared to refrigerated dryers with hot gas bypass control running at an average of 40% of capacity.

In contrast to conventional systems, the thermal mass in SECOTEC dryers always remains cool. This means compressed air can be dried effectively even during start-up phases. The high-quality insulation around the thermal mass also helps to keep energy use to a minimum. With SECOTEC refrigerated dryers, compressed air drying takes place with outstanding energy efficiency and it's especially gentle on the equipment thanks to the high thermal mass capacity.

Optimal drying with low-wear operation
Optimum drying performance and environmentally-sound operation with SECOTEC refrigeration dryers

SECOTEC refrigeration dryers efficiently maintain pressure dew points of up to +38°F during full load operation. Thanks to their narrow fluctuation range, pressure dew points are also more stable during partial load operation than is the case with conventional refrigeration dryers. 

Conventional refrigeration dryers with switching operating modes, but without an additional thermal mass, use the heat exchanger material itself as a thermal mass. In these dryers it is therefore necessary to switch the refrigerant compressors and fan motors on and off much more frequently, in order to maintain the required cooling performance. 

To reduce switching frequency and wear, the refrigerant circuit therefore only switches on at much higher pressure dew points. The resulting fluctuations in the pressure dew point negatively affect drying performance. This can be risky, since corrosion can take hold even with relative compressed air humidity of 40% – corrosion can therefore occur even without condensate formation. 

SECOTEC refrigerated dryers, on the other hand, ensure long-life operation thanks to their high thermal mass storage capacity. Once the thermal mass has been charged, the refrigerant compressor and fan motor can remain switched off for much longer without impacting pressure dew point stability.

Design and Function
Design and function of SECOTEC refrigeration dryers
  1. Air/air heat exchanger
  2. Air/refrigerant heat exchanger with thermal mass
  3. Condensate separators
  4. Eco-Drain condensate drain
  5. Refrigerant compressor
  6. Refrigerant condenser
  7. Capillary tubes
  1. Filter/dryer
  2. High pressure switch
  3. Low pressure switch
  4. Fan pressure switch
  5. PDP trend indicator
  6. Compressed air inlet and outlet
Technical specifications

The technical specifications can be found in this brochure: