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Significance of Air Compressors

Compressed Air is often described as the fourth utility, although not as ubiquitous as electricity, petrol and gas, it plays a fundamental part in the modern world.

SIGNIFICANCE OF AIR COMPRESSORS

 

Ø Compressed Air is often described as the fourth utility, although not as ubiquitous as electricitypetrol and gas, it plays a fundamental part in the modern world.

 

Ø The importance of compressed air is often over looked, but in reality it plays a vital part in most modern manufacturing processes and modern civilization.

 

Ø Although we may not realize it most products we use today could simply not be made without compressed air.

 

Ø Compressed air accounts for about 10% of the global energy used in industry today.

 

Ø With so many applications in different environments being dependant on compressed air, the compressors not only have to compress the air to a specific pressure, at a certain flow, it has to deliver air of the right quality.

 

Ø To most people, a compressor is all that is required to compress air, but to obtain the right quality of the compressed air, more equipment is often needed.

 

Ø Filters and dryers are often needed to remove oil and water before it reaches the application.

 

Ø Compressed Air has a range of completely oil-less compressors where air comes into contact with the process it serves and so the quality is critical, for example in where a compressor may be used in a food packaging role.

 

 


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