Air compressors are versatile machines used in various industries for powering pneumatic tools and machines. They work by compressing air and storing it in a tank for later use. When compressed air is released, it powers the equipment, making it an essential part of many industrial operations.
When shopping for your plant’s industrial air compressor in Ontario, it can help to have some insight into different makes and models and their advantages. In this guide, we will explore the different types of air compressors and their various applications to help make your purchase easier.
Reciprocating Air Compressors
Reciprocating air compressors are the most common type of air compressor. They work by using a piston and cylinder to compress air, which is then stored in a tank. They come in various sizes and are ideal for applications that require high-pressure and low flow, such as powering air tools. They are also suitable for intermittent use and are more affordable than other types of air compressors.
Reciprocating air compressors can be further classified as single-stage and two-stage compressors. Single-stage compressors compress air in a single stroke, while two-stage compressors compress air in two stages for higher pressures.
Rotary Screw Air Compressors
Rotary screw air compressors are ideal for continuous-duty applications that require a constant supply of compressed air, using two rotors to compress air, which is then stored in a tank. They are suitable for high-flow and low-pressure applications, such as powering large machinery, air conditioning systems, and spray painting equipment, and are also energy-efficient and quieter than reciprocating air compressors.
Centrifugal Air Compressors
Centrifugal air compressors are the most powerful type of air compressors. They work by using a rotating impeller to compress air, which is then stored in a tank. They are suitable for large industrial applications that require high flow and high pressure, such as powering turbines and pneumatic drills. They are also energy-efficient and require less maintenance than other types of air compressors.
When choosing an air compressor, it is crucial to consider the application and the required pressure and flow. To recap, reciprocating air compressors are suitable for intermittent use and high-pressure applications. In contrast, rotary screw air compressors are ideal for continuous-duty applications that require a constant supply of compressed air. Centrifugal air compressors are suitable for large industrial applications that require high flow and high pressure.
At CED Compressed Air, we can help you source, install, and maintain industrial air compressors in Ontario. We have a wide range of air compressors to meet your specific needs.
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