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What is an industrial air compressor?

There are many different types of air compressors, so they can be used for a wide variety of tasks. The term “industrial compressors” simply refers to compressors used in an industrial setting like manufacturing and packaging plants that power industrial tools and machinery, such as drills, grinders, spray guns, jackhammers, nail guns, compactors and many other pneumatic tools. To give you an idea on the many different types of industrial compressors available, we’ve detailed some of the most popular options below:

  • Rotary screw compressors
  • Industrial piston compressors
  • Bambi compressors
  • Workshop Piston Compressors
  • Diesel mobile compressors


A brief history of industrial compressors

Automated air compressors were invented in the 19th century, yet they’ve grown to become one of the most widely used tools in industrial environments. They not only provide a steady stream of power that is safer, cooler and more energy-efficient than other forms of energy; they are also highly durable and built to withstand the rigours of the industrial world. This makes industrial compressors a fine choice for the following sectors:

  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Plant
  • Construction
  • Aerospace
  • Transport
  • Engineering
  • Marine
  • Defence


Piston or screw compressor — What’s best?

Piston (reciprocating) compressors and rotary screw air compressors are two of the most popular kinds. ­­Piston compressors, as the name suggests, use pistons driven by a crankshaft to compress the air, whereas rotary screw compressors use two helical rotors to compress the air. Ambient air comes into the compressor through the inlet valve, allowing air to be trapped between the two rotors. As a result, the screws turn, increasing the pressure of the air by reducing its volume.

Piston generally have a lower initial cost than screw; however, screw compressors will cost less to operate over a longer period. Screw compressors are also more efficient, so you do have to weigh up the initial investment and the rewards you will reap over a longer period. That said, piston compressors are limited in their duty cycles, making them ideal for applications with lower daily running hours. As you can see, there are many advantages against each type, and it’s important to understand your operating requirements before reaching a decision. You may also want to pay special attention to noise levels because piston compressors are generally louder, but as always, it depends on the model you invest in.


What type do you need?

Industrial air compressors are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes – as you’ll discover on our website. If you’re unsure on the right compressor for your needs, it’s best to get in touch with our friendly team who will be glad to assist. We can recommend the compressors that are best suited for your needs and budget and offer maximum energy efficiency, whilst we can provide flexible service plans to suit your operation.

You can learn more about us and how we can help you by calling 01933 222 000.








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