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What to Look for in a Quality Breather

Paul Llewellyn
Paul Llewellyn | Reliability Training & Education Manager, Lubrication Engineers

What to Look for in a Quality Breather

There are many variations of breathers to choose from. Here are a few things to look for when choosing a quality breather: 

  1. Integrated nylon standpipe— This key feature provides excellent vibration resistance and dissipates impact throughout the unit, eliminating weak points. It also allows even airflow distribution throughout the unit, preventing inaccurate readings of desiccant saturation. Many breathers that do not have this key feature will have oil saturation problems in the desiccant due to splashing or oil mist, causing the breather to spend very quickly.
  2. Resilient polycarbonate casing— Shock-absorbing, clear casing provides reliable service, easy visual maintenance, and UV resistance.
  3. Multi-layer filtration— Such as polyester filters and foam pads to protect against migration of desiccant dust or oil mist, providing maximum efficiency
  4. Water vapor adsorbent silica gel— Adsorbs water from incoming air and can hold up to 40% of its weight.
  5. Check-valves— Specifically, high-quality umbrella check-valves that won’t clog or stick for added protection from washdown. Check-valves isolate equipment from ambient conditions, prolonging breather life, and protecting system integrity.

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Paul Llewellyn
Paul Llewellyn Reliability Training & Education Manager, Lubrication Engineers

As asset reliability training & education manager at Lubrication Engineers, Paul is responsible for providing continuous education for sales consultants and customers through new employee training, webinars, field training, in-plant seminars, trade shows and other events and activities. His position was created in September 2015 as a reflection of the importance LE places on having a consultancy sales force that is the best in the industry – professional, knowledgeable and well-versed in lubricants and reliability products.

Prior to this role, Paul spent five years as general sales manager, helping to build and strengthen LE’s corporate and field sales team. He started his career with Lubrication Engineers as a corporate sales manager, serving eight years in that role. He also spent 10 years as a sales manager and product manager for the A.W. Chesterton Company, based in Stoneham, Mass.

Paul is an AMP-certified reliability leader (CRL), an STLE-certified lubrication specialist (CLS) and has earned MLT I, MLT II and MLA II certifications. Paul earned his business administration degree in marketing from Texas Christian University. He has two sons. Paul is active in Fort Worth as a member of the Texas Christian University Lettermen’s Association Board, a member of the Aledo United Methodist Church, and coaching his sons in football and baseball. He also provides baseball instruction at his training facility, The Baseball Ranch.