Guide to piston compressors

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Guide to piston compressors

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A piston compressor is one of the most common forms of air compressors on the market. A piston compressor is commonly the first air compressor you might be using when starting a business or activity. It doesn’t mean that it is not filling an important part. Quite the opposite, the piston compressor is a source of pressed air for all sizes of business. So regardless of your operation size, we offer a range of piston compressors to suit your needs. Explore our range below or stay on the website to learn more about piston compressor technology.

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What is a piston compressor?

A piston compressor consists of one or more cylinders with pistons driven by a motor. The air is sucked into the cylinder and then compressed, in one or more stages to the operational pressure. After compression, the compressed air passes through the after-cooler and continues on to the air tank.

The one-stage compressor

A one-stage compressor has one or more cylinders, each of which compresses air from atmospheric pressure to operational pressure.

The multi-stage compressor

A multi-stage compressor has two or more cylinders connected in series in which air is gradually compressed to the final pressure. Between steps, the compressed air is cooled with - ambient - air. This improves efficiency while achieving a much higher pressure than from the one-stage compressor.

Application areas of piston compressors

Piston compressors are suitable for small compressed air requirements; one-stage compressors for pressures up to about 8 bar, while several stage versions can produce up to 15 bar. Operation should be intermittent. An air-cooled piston compressor’s load level must not exceed 60-70%. After 2 minutes of compression, the compressor must rest for at least 1.5 minutes. We recommend keeping the total compression time per day to approximately 4 hours.

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