Description   Air compressors are machines that compress and direct air for industrial applications.   Applications   Small-scale devices are designed for pneumatic tools such as grinders, drills and nail guns. Manufacturing-scale products are used to drive punching and stamping equipment, power robotic tools, and convey parts. Air compressors that are designed for direct-use applications such as sandblasting and spray painting are also available.   Types  ...
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Q & A on Air Compressors

We asked our users for their input on Air Compressors. Here are the results of 216 users familiar with Air Compressors.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing air compressor design?
35 answers
Answers:
Rotary screw lobe design (male / female flutes ratio), screw driving mechanism - belt driven / direct driven / geared mechanism, variable frequency drives etc..
~Shyam B, Marketing/Sales, Pune, India
Dry Screw Compressor are being developed to replace some of the applications of Centrifugal compressors, Compact high speed centrifugal compressors
~Milind W, Engineering Consultant, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Oil free rotary screw and variable speed drive, this is the moat energy efficient method of producing compressed air.
~Tyler S, Marketing/Sales, Grand rapids, MI
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From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative air compressors?
34 answers
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I cannot say which of them but generally speaking almost at the same level. It matters only on the parts service life and metallurgy the used.
~Ronquillo D, Engineer, Cebu, Phillipines
Atlas Copco Comp Air Ingersoll Rand Sauer Compressors BAUER
~Marketing/Sales, Amman, Jordan
I think all companies try to better their innovativeness
~Frank D, Builder/Contractor, Sarnia, MI
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used air compressors for?
53 answers
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Machine shops / moulding shops in engineering / manufacturing, pet bottle manufacturing, dental clinics, laser cutting machines, ceramic industries, electronic industries, automobile industries, forging industries,glass industries, cement industries, shipping industries, painting industries, robotics, tire & textiles industries.
~Shyam B, Marketing/Sales, Pune, India
Food industry, pharmaceutical, breathing air, N2 generation, well drilling, automotive finishes, construction trades. The list goes on, we have installed many systems in our network since 1963.
~Tyler S, Marketing/Sales, Grand rapids, MI
Instrument and Plant Air, Pneumatic Conveying, Process Air, Combustion air for Power Turbine, PSA unit, Aeration in Water Treatment, Pneumatic cleaning
~Milind W, Engineering Consultant, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that air compressors have been used for.
19 answers
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N2 generation: this technology has been out for years but do to the nature of humans people are nervous to try new things (although this is nothing new). Most applications can reduce costs up to $.50/ CCF.
~Tyler S, Marketing/Sales, Grand rapids, MI
We have used a compressor to drive a booster pump and air dryer to fill nitrogen cylinders with dry air @ 2000psi.
~General Corporate Mgmt, Dunnville, Canada
Wind socks for advertisement eye appeal. Compressed air to blow up some goofy looking windsock.
~Ted Graff, Engineering, Other, Worley, ID
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Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of air compressors?
16 answers
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Neglect, many people over look their compressed air systems, "its always ran than way and we only service it once per year". Voltage variance is another common mistake, always review your power and make sure it is consistent.
~Tyler S, Marketing/Sales, Grand rapids, MI
Install VSD without previous analysis, like torsional analysis, natural frequency can get dangerous amplitudes and be careful about the motor speed and its relationship with lubrication.
~Wagner Caetano, Engineer, Sumaré, Brazil
Placement of compressor in the vicinity of acid handling location affected the performance of its sensitive / critical components causing frequent breakdown of compressor.
~Shyam B, Marketing/Sales, Pune, India
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FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
22 answers
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Linear flow equal with linear energy consumption solutions rather than the current variable speed machines who all cave in at lower speeds.
~Martijn N, General Management, Krommenie, Netherlands
Low vibrations and noise, high efficiency and lower dimension, and to be easy maintenance.
~Eugenia Moaca, Engineer, Mangalia, Romania
Reliability Energy Efficient Control Clean Air Extended Maintenance periods
~General Corporate Mgmt, San Jose, CA
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Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of air compressors?
18 answers
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First to add all air usages and from there pick a 15% higher air compressor, installing a well seized close loop piping to have the best air service delivered. Install a good refrigerative dryer and a tank bottom auto condensate drainage.
~Nestor G, Engineer, Guatemala, Guatemala
Instead of making assumptions go and do actual flow measurements. The difference in the installation you are buying can add up to 40% less air! So much smaller machines.
~Martijn N, General Management, Krommenie, Netherlands
Calculate cfm needed for the application and then add in a safety factor. If you need 100 psi at 10 cfm select a system that will exceed what you require.
~Ted Graff, Engineering, Other, Worley, ID
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Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using air compressors?
19 answers
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Turn it on and listen to it or better yet, if you are a homeowner have your wife listen to see if she will be able to stand the thing running in the basement or out in the garage. Will it be too loud in the shop if it's near offices? Does it have the capacity to run all the tools you may be likely to use at the same time?
~Jim H, General Management, Lahaina, HI
Understand the total life cycle cost of owning an air compressor. The initial investment only equates to 15% of the total cost. Never over look and always take into consideration the efficiency.
~Tyler S, Marketing/Sales, Grand rapids, MI
Consider lifecycle costs, while there are a lot of inexpensive options available, more expensive units may carry lower overall operating costs for the life of the compressor.
~Marketing/Sales, La Porte, IN
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