Compressors are used in a wide range of environments for an even wider range of purposes. Compressors can be used for leisure and maintenance, both at home and in businesses, to complete tasks quickly and safely. Air compressors are available for a variety of applications. The most common types of air compressors come in reciprocating piston and rotary screw designs, despite the fact that there are many different types of compressors in size and power supply.
Most people are familiar with reciprocating piston air compressors unless they work in manufacturing or another industrial environment. This air compressor design can be found in many variations, though you may not have seen them all. A compressor can be divided into three types: professional, industrial, and consumer.
- A consumer-grade air compressor can be described as a a single-stage model. Household tasks such as inflating tires and inflatable products and possibly using low-load air tools such as staplers and brad guns require them.
- A professional-grade air compressor provides more power and higher pressure. In addition to the ability to run several air tools simultaneously with intermittent use, they can be reciprocating two-stage models or rotary screw models.
- Industrial-grade air compressors will be the backbone of a manufacturing plant or provide reliable power on an oil rig. Large manufacturing plants typically use them to provide a steady supply of compressed air for long periods of time and to take fluctuating surges in demand. Using high-quality components, these compressors can be customized to meet the specific needs of the environment, improving performance, energy efficiency, and reliability.