Compressed air in any industry is used as energy. It is stored and transmitted to power production equipment. 70 per cent of all manufacturers use a compressed air system because of it convenience and cost-effectiveness. Choosing the right industrial air compressor for your business operation requires careful evaluation of your business needs and means.
Here are 5 factors to consider when selecting your air compressor:
1. Facility space
Compressors may be used indoors and outdoors. Indoor compressors are typically stationary while outdoor compressors are portable. The size and shape of the tank are crucial. Larger tanks can store more pressurised air for immediate and longer use, while smaller tanks are good for concentrated bursts.
2. Drive system and control system
Electrically powered motors are ideal for larger compressors that are used for longer periods of time. Before purchasing a compressor, ensure that it is compatible with the facility’s current electricity supply and that it is built with a control system to determine the start/stop of the compressor when continuous air use is not necessary. Petrol-powered engines are the option with outdoor compressors because of the limited access to electrical power.
The amount of air flow that a compressor produces is measured in cubic feet per minute (cfm). The compressor’s cfm output should be greater than the cfm requirement to ensure that the equipment will be able to perform the given task.
The amount of pressure a compressor produces is measured in pounds per square inch (psi). The compressor’s psi should be at the level or greater than your highest-rated equipment. The horsepower of the compressor is determined by the cfm and psi.
Before purchasing a compressor, it is important to calculate the specs to avoid spending on a compressor that does not deliver the results for its value. Investing in a high-quality compressor can be more expensive up front but it assures the product performance in the long run, reducing operation and maintenance costs.
There is a lot to consider when it comes to selecting an air compressor for your business. Knowing the considerations before purchasing one ensure that you meet your desired results while maintaining your budget.