Air Compressors: Applications
Advantages of using Compressed Air
There are basically three commonly used energy sources for industry.
- Compressed Air (Fluid Power)
- Hydraulic (Fluid Power)
Compressed air is the energy source of choice for doing much of our nation’s industrial work.
It is an energy source that’s relatively easy to store, is non-flammable, is very powerful, can generate high speed in a variety of ways, and is extremely versatile in the variety of ways it is used.
An air compressor has a longer life than electrically powered tools. Also, the tools run by compressed air generate higher torque and revolution per minute than electrically powered tools; which allows the user to finish more quickly.
Using hydraulic energy is more expensive in generation of energy to do work, and in the cost of the components to use hydraulic force. If you don’t need the immense pressures and force that hydraulics can give you, it doesn’t make sense to pay for that capacity.
The main applications of air compressors are:
- In manufacturing industries
- Infrastructure construction and maintenance
- Water well drilling
- Oil and gas production