Chapter 6: Other Pneumatic Tools and Equipment – How Compressed Air Systems Benefit Industrial Construction
One of the most important, and often overlooked pieces of heavy equipment used in construction are compressed air systems. Compressed air has been used in mining and construction since the earliest days of mankind. From creating fires hot enough to forge metal with bellows to providing ventilation to miners working deep below Earth’s crust, compressed air has long been a vital resource.
While many of the large pieces of industrial equipment such as excavators, tanker pumps, concrete vibrators, pneumatic hoists and some conveyors rely on compressed air, there are numerous other uses for it in the industry. Many essential tools for bolting, nailing, drilling, and other woodworking tasks also depend on clean, pressurized air flow.
One of the main advantages compressed air provides during construction comes with woodworking applications. Even with the most modern advances in building materials, wood is still the most valuable natural resource in construction. After the ground work is done by excavating crews, and the concrete foundation has been installed, the carpenters begin their work.
Temperature, precipitation, dirt and power demands may all be critical factors in performance during a building project. Having a reliable, and durable air compressor system to meet these demand is essential to maintaining productivity and efficiency. Compressed air is often considered a fourth utility for many industries because of the high electrical demands for a single HP of compressed air. Ensuring your system is at peak performance and reducing waste by inspecting for air leaks is important.
Compressed air needs are determined by the type of tools used for the job. Below we will take a look at just a few examples of tools that may depend on a reliable compressed air system for construction.
- Air drills – Pneumatic drills operate similarly to electric drills, but run on compressed air power. These devices are often used for their speed and efficiency.
- Impact Wrench or Pneumatic Wrenches – Tightening and removing bolts traditionally can be a very time consuming process. For industrial applications, speed is a priority in getting the job done on budget and on time. Impact wrenches use compressed air to expedite the process.
- Nail Gun – Traditional hammering is also very time consuming, making the pneumatic nail gun one of the most common and useful tools in the compressed air arsenal. Nail guns are used for framing, roofing, installing siding, flooring and finishing tasks. Nail guns are invaluable assets to any commercial or residential building project.
How Can Quincy Help Me?
Quincy offers extensive industry experience in supplying our clients with the finest air compressors and vacuum pumps on the market. Because of the strict and demanding environments encountered during building projects, it is essential to have a reliable air compressor system that can meet your requirements while maintaining its longevity.
Costly repairs and inefficient operation can become costly. At Quincy we offer a wide range of support and options to meet all of your business needs. Take a look at a few of our recommended air compressor systems that are designed to meet the demands of construction projects both small and large.
For additional information, please contact one of our professional sales and service representatives to learn more about the legendary performance and reliability of Quincy Compressors, or contact us directly today!
The Quincy QSI line models offer:
- 90 to 1500 CFM
- TEFC (Total Enclosed Cooled Fan) and other NEMA (National Electric Manufacturers Association) motor casing options
- Air- or water-cooled design
- a 5.7” color display screen
Our QGV®️ model model offers:
- 82 to 982 CFM
- Reduced operating noise (as low as 68 dBA)
- A full color touch display screen
Our QR-25 is a heavy-duty reciprocating model that will stand up to the various high-demand applications in a woodworking factory. Capable of producing a high CFM per brake horsepower, this series is well known in the industry for low energy consumption and reliable performance. This line offers:
- 1 to 25 hp motors
- Up to 175 PSIG
- Single- and two-stage compression
- A rating for 100% duty cycle
Our QSVI is one of our direct drive industrial vacuum pump lines that is a top choice for high-capacity applications. This is a stand-alone system that adjusts the flow as demand changes and can be set to run on a start/stop basis or continuously. This vacuum pump offers:
- 25 to 200 hp direct drive motors
- SCFM ratings of 365 to 3000
- High discharge temperature shutdown
- A fully equipped control panel
In addition to all of the pieces of heavy equipment we’ve looked at in this guide, there are still many more specialized vehicles and tools that are used every day in the industry. Construction can include everything from architectural to civil engineering projects, from residential homes to great, colossal dams with enough strength to hold back raging rivers and provide energy to entire cities.
None of these feats of engineering would be possible without the right tools for the job. Each tool offers its own strengths in terms of performance and versatility in the building process. As technology has continued to advance, many of the old tools used in construction have been adapted to be more modern. Hopefully now you have a better understanding of some of the most common pieces of industrial machinery, and how they are utilized by hardworking men and women every day to keep infrastructure safe, and roofs over people’s heads.