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Air Compressor Jargons You Need to Learn

Like other specific specialization, the compressed air market, too, has its own jargons. If you are using an air compressor for the first time, or are not that familiar with it, it is best to have an understanding of the terms often used for its function. Not knowing what these jargons stand for may not only cause you some confusion but might even lead to some trouble in the future.


To help you better understand your compressor and help avoid mishaps in the future, here are some words you need to learn:




The tank is the largest part of the unit. This part holds the air until it is ready to be compressed. It is also often referred to as the receiver.


The air regulator is used to gauge the amount of air expelled from the tank.


The check valves ensure the air flowing in the same direction.


The pressure gauge shows how much air is still available for use in the tank.


The line pressure gauge shows how much air is in the pneumatic hose.


The pressure switch starts and shuts down the air compressor. When the pressure in the receiver reaches its limit, it shuts down the motor. When compressed air drops to its pre-set level, it restarts the equipment.





PSI stands for pounds per square inch. It is among the most important measurements as it is used to gauge the pressure inside the tank, the hoses, and the system. It also measures the amount of force expelled by the machine.


CFM or cubic feet per minute measures the amount of air delivered from the compressor to the other tools. A higher CFM rating equates to more compressed air being delivered.




Single Stage Compressors are smaller units that compress air in just one stage. It can store a moderate amount of compressed air.


Two Stage Compressors are larger units which compress air in only one stage, too, but takes compressed air for reuse. It compressed air again in a second stage. This process leads to a higher cubic feet per minute and pounds per square inch.


Owning or running a factory requires you to know every equipment that is used for production. This will help you understand how they function and will also help you find any faults in the future and have the right parts fixed.

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