Top 3 Types of Air Compressors

Multiple industries, from metal fabrication and automotive to pharmaceutical and food/beverage, benefit from using air compressors to power different equipment and systems, such as nail guns, conveyor systems, painting equipment, and many other applications. Three main types of air compressors available today include oil-lubricated, oil-free, and piston models that each have their own unique features and benefits. Knowing the differences between these top types of air compressors is key to understanding which one is best for your specific needs.

Industry-Leading Types of Air Compressors by Atlas Copco

As a global leader in air compressor manufacturing, Atlas Copco has specialized in compressed air equipment solutions for customers across the USA and worldwide since 1950. P-A Industrial Services (PAIS) is pleased to be an authorized distributor and service provider for Atlas Copco. We take pride in offering our customers cutting-edge products and services. Keep reading as we go through the differences between the three main types of air compressors.

Atlas Copco Oil-Lubricated Air Compressors

Atlas Copco oil-injected air compressors, otherwise known as oil-lubricated compressors, are the foundation of the compressor industry. We offer models that include rotary screw technology, with an optional VSD to significantly reduce energy costs. Since these compressors require oil to lubricate their moving parts, they offer quieter operation but must be maintained regularly for optimum performance and longevity. PAIS has you covered for expert routine services. In addition, these compressors can be more expensive to operate due to the need for oil, but they typically tend to last longer than oil-free models, which can offset costs.

Atlas Copco’s GA and GX Series are examples of oil-lubricated rotary screw air compressors. These models are designed for continuous operation and are ideal for industrial applications where a reliable supply of compressed air is required. They are energy-efficient and have low noise levels.

Any business that requires pressurized air for its operations can use oil-lubricated air compressors as long as contamination is not a concern. A few examples of industries that benefit from these types of air compressors include automotive, machinery manufacturing, metal fabrication, and woodworking, to name a few.

Atlas Copco Oil-Free Air Compressors

Atlas Copco oil-free air compressors come in a wide variety of technologies, including rotary tooth, rotary screw, centrifugal, scroll, piston, and water injected. Compared to oil-lubricated models, oil-free compressors have fewer maintenance needs and eliminate the need for oil. Although they can be louder than oil-lubricated compressors, we are pleased to offer several Atlas Copco series that are engineered to provide quiet operation.

Atlas Copco’s ZR and ZT Series are examples of oil-free air compressors. These compressors are designed for applications that require clean and oil-free compressed air, such as the food and beverage industry, pharmaceuticals, and electronics. They are energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, and require minimal maintenance.

As a global leader in oil-free technology, Atlas Copco was the first air compressor manufacturer in the world to certify its oil-free products as ISO 8753-1 Class 0, independently verified by TUV. With a rigid food safety management program and IS0 22000 certification in the Antwerp Belgium facility, Atlas Copco is committed to providing world-class manufacturing. We offer models that can provide energy efficiency with options such as VSD and heat recovery.

Atlas Copco Piston Air Compressors

The piston compressor, otherwise known as a reciprocating compressor, is one of the most common types of air compressors available in the market. With oil-lubricated and oil-free models available, Atlas Copco piston air compressors deliver a reliable source of compressed air. Although they can be louder than rotary screw compressors, they are cost-effective, dependable, and easy to maintain.

Atlas Copco’s LT and LF Series are examples of piston air compressors. These compressors are designed for intermittent use and are ideal for small workshops and garages. They are compact, portable, and have low noise levels. Piston air compressors are generally less expensive than other types of air compressors, making them a popular choice for smaller businesses or personal use.

Rely on PAIS as your one-stop shop to provide Atlas Copco air compressor equipment, parts, and services throughout the Midwest. Get in touch with us today on how we can help you elevate your industrial operations!