Understanding Dezincification and DZR Y-Type Strainers

Dezincification is a common problem in plumbing systems that can lead to corrosion and reduced performance. Y-type strainers are often used to prevent debris from clogging pipes and equipment. However, standard DZR y-type strainers have limitations in their filtration capabilities. In this article, we will explore the concept of dezincification, the drawbacks of traditional DZR y-type strainers, and introduce the superior alternative – VEXO Y-MAG Y-Type Strainers.

What is Dezincification?


Dezincification is a form of corrosion that affects brass alloys, particularly those with a high zinc content. When exposed to certain water conditions, the zinc in the alloy can leach out, leaving behind a porous copper structure. This process weakens the material and can result in leaks, failures, and reduced lifespan of plumbing components. DZR brass, or dezincification-resistant brass, is an alloy specifically designed to resist this type of corrosion. 

Limitations of Standard DZR Y-Type Strainers 


Standard DZR y-type strainers are commonly used to filter out debris and contaminants from fluid systems. These strainers are typically made from DZR brass to mitigate the risk of dezincification. However, they have certain limitations that can compromise their effectiveness and longevity. 

  1. Limited Filtration Capacity – Standard DZR y-type strainers often have a limited mesh size, typically around 30 mesh or 550 microns. While this is suitable for capturing larger particles, it may not be sufficient to trap smaller debris and contaminants. This can lead to clogging of pipes, valves, and equipment, causing reduced flow rates and increased maintenance requirements.
  2. Accumulation of Magnetite – Magnetite is a common byproduct of corrosion in heating and cooling systems. It can accumulate in pipes, radiators, and other components, impairing their performance and efficiency. Standard DZR y-type strainers are not designed to effectively remove magnetite, leading to its accumulation and potential system issues.
  3. Cleaning and Maintenance Challenges – Cleaning and maintaining standard DZR y-type strainers can be time-consuming and labour-intensive. The accumulated debris needs to be manually removed from the strainer, which requires disassembly and cleaning. This process can result in system downtime and increased maintenance costs.

Introducing VEXO Y-MAG Y-Type Strainers: The Superior Alternative 


Y-MAG offers a superior solution to the limitations of standard DZR y-type strainers. These innovative strainers combine the latest DZR brass technology with patented dry pocket magnetic filtration, providing a two-in-one filtration solution. 

  1. Enhanced Filtration Capability – Unlike standard DZR y-type strainers, VEXO Y-MAG Strainers feature a 304 stainless steel strainer mesh with a finer filtration level of 30 mesh/550 microns. This finer mesh size allows for the efficient capture of both larger particles and smaller debris, ensuring optimal system performance and preventing clogging.
  2. Effective Magnetite Removal – The dry pocket magnetic filtration technology incorporated in VEXO Y-MAG Strainers enables the efficient removal of magnetite and other magnetic particles from the fluid system. A powerful rare earth magnet attracts and retains these particles, preventing their accumulation in pipes and equipment. This feature ensures the longevity and efficiency of heating and cooling systems.
  3. Easy Cleaning and Maintenance – VEXO Y-MAG Strainers have a user-friendly design that simplifies the cleaning and maintenance process. The easy-install magnetic filter allows for quick and convenient removal of debris. The dry pocket design reduces the need for frequent manual cleaning, minimising system downtime and maintenance costs. 

How VEXO Y-MAG Y-Type Strainers Work 


VEXO Y-MAG Strainers are engineered to provide efficient filtration and magnetite removal. Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of how they work: 

  1. Fluid enters the strainer through the inlet connection.
  2. The 304 stainless steel strainer mesh captures larger particles and debris, preventing them from entering the system.
  3. The fluid passes through the dry pocket magnetic filtration area, where a powerful rare earth magnet attracts and retains magnetite and other magnetic particles.
  4. The filtered fluid continues through the outlet connection, free from magnetite.
  5. Periodically, the accumulated debris can be easily removed from the strainer, ensuring continuous filtration efficiency.

Advantages of VEXO Y-MAG Y-Type Strainers 


VEXO Y-MAG Y-Type Strainers offer several advantages over standard DZR y-type strainers: 

  1. Superior Filtration: The finer mesh size of the 304 stainless steel strainer provides enhanced filtration capabilities, capturing both large and small debris effectively.
  2. Magnetite Removal: The dry pocket magnetic filtration technology ensures efficient removal of magnetite and other magnetic particles, preventing their accumulation and maintaining system performance.
  3. Reduced Maintenance: The easy-install magnetic filter design reduces the frequency and complexity of manual cleaning, minimising system downtime and maintenance costs.
  4. Extended Lifespan: By preventing clogging and reducing the accumulation of debris and magnetite, VEXO Y-MAG Strainers contribute to the extended lifespan of heating and cooling system components. 

Application of VEXO Y-MAG Y-Type Strainers 


VEXO Y-MAG Y-Type Strainers are suitable for various applications where effective filtration and magnetite removal are essential. Some of the common applications include: 

  • HVAC systems 
  • Chilled water systems 
  • Cooling towers 
  • Heat exchangers 
  • Process equipment 
  • Industrial machinery 

Dezincification can have detrimental effects on plumbing systems, and standard DZR y-type strainers may have limitations in their filtration capabilities. VEXO Y-MAG Y-Type Strainers offer a superior alternative with enhanced filtration, efficient magnetite removal, and easy maintenance. By choosing VEXO Y-MAG Strainers, you can ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your fluid systems. 

Contact us today to book a demo and experience the benefits of VEXO Y-MAG Y-Type Strainers

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