Considerations for Selecting the Right Air Compressor

When selecting the air compressor that is right for your application, there are a number of issues which should be considered. The basic considerations will be as follows:
  1. What pressure do I need for the optimum performance of the equipment or processes that I am using the air for?
  2. What size air compressor do I require?
  3. What type of compressor should I install – reciprocating, rotary screw, rotary vane or rotary scroll?
  4. Should my compressor be lubricated or oil-less/oil-free?
  5. Will the compressor be in an area where noise may affect personnel working in the area? If so, what options do I have for either noise attenuation of the air compressor, or installing it in an area which is remote from personnel?
  6. Should the compressor be air-cooled or water-cooled?
  7. What electrical power is available to operate the compressor?
  8. How much piping, and what size and type will be required to distribute
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