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A B2B Guide To Industrial Air Compressors
A B2B Guide To Industrial Air Compressors
November 30, 2017

Is it time to replace your long-running set of industrial air compressors? Has it been so long that you’ve forgotten what you need to consider to ensure you select the best model?


Here is a reminder of the most important criteria to consider for the purchase of industrial air compressors:


Power Requirements

With various types of industrial air compressors available, it is crucial to choose a unit that meets your power requirements. In order to determine this, determine the cubic feet per minute rating for all of the pneumatic tools you are using. Then add another 25% for a margin for error. The machine’s pound-force PSIG (per square inch gauge) must meet or exceed your highest-rated tool. 


Tank Size

Selecting the right tank size for industrial air compressors is based on the type of air tool and the application. If you mainly use tools such as staplers and nailers that need short yet intermittent air pressure, then a smaller tank will suffice. However, if you have grinders, sanders and other tools that run for longer time, a larger tank is a better choice.


Single-stage or Two-stage

For heavy-duty use, rotary screw industrial air compressors are the ideal option, while a reciprocating piston works best in smaller facilities. That being said, if you’re using air tools such as impact wrenches, grinders and air hammers, a two-stage unit (consisting of two pistons that compress air twice) are considered more efficient.



Most of industrial air compressors are designed to be used in a fixed place. They are typically larger and more powerful units and have huge tanks for more air storage cInduapacity. However, if your business demands a mobile application such as in construction, portable air compressors are the ideal choice. Though they can’t match the power output of a stationary air compressor, they bring the benefit of mobility and ease in order to relocate from one worksite to another. 


Taking all this into consideration will ensure you select the most appropriate set of industrial air compressors. At Air Energy, we recommend the Quincy line of industrial air compressors for your operational needs: check out a previous blog we wrote detailing its characteristics!



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