There are endless possibilities for compressed air applications in industrial companies. This makes choosing a compressor solution very complicated and requires a good understanding of your company's processes.
First thing to consider is the amount of air needed for your operation. The bigger operation, the bigger compressor. Also, the actual tasks you are performing effects the air demand. Small power tools generally require less air flow than large robotic machinery.
Secondly, it is important to consider special requirements for the air you bring into your manufacturing processes. In food industries the air must be 100% clean of any contamination, while other industries can better tolerate some residues.
Finally, the production premise must weigh into the decision. If you don't have a separate compressor room, and people working close-by, the noise level should be as low as possible. Contrary, if you have a dedicated room for the compressor, noise isn't a big issue.
Below is some of our general recommendations for different types of industrial purposes. You can always contact us for specific recommendations for your company.
For production companies working with food and beverages, it is critical that the compressed air is free of any oil residue and other contaminations. In this business you should always choose an oil-free compressor.
In the wood industry, compressed air is mostly used for supplying pneumatic tools, clamping, stamping, and so on. Both lubricated and oil-free compressors are suitable for these tasks, depending on the company's preferences.
If you are a small furniture company, you may only require a smaller amount of compressed air, from time to time, and a piston compressor will suffice for your needs. Larger companies will more likely need a screw compressor, as this can provide continuous air flow throughout the day.
In other production facilities, such as metal, plastics and fishing, compressed air is often used for sorting, clamping, stamping and powering pneumatic tools.
Common for all industries when choosing a compressed air system, is determining how much air you need at any point of the day. Most manufacturing companies will need continuous access to compressed air, which requires a screw compressor. The fixed-speed compressor is suitable for a steady operational level, while variable-speed is more energy-efficient for companies with several shifts and varying operation.