Compressed air systems supply pressurized air throughout an industrial facility to power many devices, including tools, automated valves, slide gates, dust collectors, diverters and other precision instruments. A compressed air system functions on pressure. Most systems use a variable speed motor to pressurize the air.
In an integrated system, the compressed air passes through a dryer to reduce moisture and humidity before a network of pipes distributes it throughout a facility. Typical air systems provide approximately 80-90 pounds of compressed air pressure across a single building.
Compressed Air for Automation
Global industries prefer to use compressed air for its practicality. From automotive and hospitals to mining and general manufacturing, compressed air systems are everywhere. There are many benefits to using compressed air for automation:
- Air-powered tools are easier to handle. Tool manufacturers choose to power their devices by air because heavy battery packs or motor boxes do not weigh them down.
- Compressed air is environmentally safe. Compressed air can be used in various environments and does not chemically react with other substances or compounds.
- Air-operated devices are more economical. Air tools use far less energy than electrical tools, and some have much more power.
- Compressed air is accessible. An industrial facility can quickly and efficiently distribute compressed air with an effective piping network.
- Air tools are more reliable. They typically have fewer internal parts than their electrical counterparts, allowing for less maintenance and a smaller chance of breakdown.
Industrial Compressed Air Systems
Depending on a facility’s specific functions and operating capacities, some compressors are more advantageous than others. Manufacturers usually choose their air compressors based on their particular operations. Some of the most popular models on the market include:
- Rotary screw: These compressors isolate air between two rotors and reduce the air volume as it travels through the rotors. Rotary screw compressors are known for their highly efficient and economical use.
- Reciprocating piston: In a piston compressor, a valve system uses downward-moving pistons to draw air into the main cylinder. These systems are ideal for lighter-duty applications like maintenance shops.
- Centrifugal: A centrifugal compressor floods kinetic energy into its system, creating an unlimited supply of pressure in potential energy. These compressors involve much more intricate designs. Larger companies with high compressed-air demands often consider these as a primary option.
- Scroll: A scroll compressor is similar to a rotary model in design. Because it’s oil-free, it suits facilities with unsteady air requirements.
Quincy Compressor features dependable and durable compression systems to suit your needs.
Compressed Air in Robotics
Robotics competitions often employ compressed air systems to show how pneumatic power can work in preprogrammed, automatically-moving devices. Robotic arms and legs can use compressed air to function in various capacities. The best compressor for robotics competition events is generally a smaller reciprocating model, like Quincy’s Single-Stage design, which works well with robotics.