Features of rotary screw compressors

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Features of rotary screw compressors

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As you might have read in our previous article, there is a big difference between piston compressors and rotary screw compressors. You might ask yourself: “Which type of air compressor do I need”?


In this article, we would like to point out the features of a rotary screw compressors and the various ways it can be used in a professional setting.

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You need a compressor with a high volume capacity

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For settings like garages, DIY or smaller workshops, piston compressors are an ideal solution. They are cost effective and easy to move around. However, when your industry demands a high volume capacity compressor, rotary screw compressors are definitely the better choice. That’s why they are most commonly used in the bigger industries, like automated manufacturing.

You need a continuous airflow

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In many industries, like for instance the automotive industry or food processing industry, there is a need for a compressor that can deliver a continuous airflow. Piston compressors heat up due to their internal combustion: they need a cool-down period from time to time. That way they are not able to produce a constant airflow.

Rotary screw compressors have a very low internal temperature. Therefore they can supply a constant airflow. No heating issues, no breaks. Definitely an advantage when you are using your compressor constantly. 

You want an energy-efficient solution

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Since rotary screw compressors generate less heat, they are generally energy-efficient, more so than piston compressors (everything is relative, explore our full range of screw compressors here).

It all depends on your demands of course: a piston compressor might still be the right choice if you don’t need a constant airflow or a high volume capacity. In that case choosing a piston compressor might be more cost-efficient and energy-efficient.

Still trying to decide on the right solution for your situation? Let us know, we’ll give you the right advice. 

You want a compressor with a long lifespan

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Rotary screw compressors are less likely to break down due to mechanical failure, since its components are different from a piston compressor. They do not operate through a valve system, nor are they likely to overheat.

Rotary screw compressors are in fact built to last - definitely in combination with the right maintenance. They will serve you for many years, while having little or no capacity reduction. Considering the fact that they can operate 24/7 on full power, this is quite a feat. 

You want a compressor that produces less noise

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Rotary screw compressors are, in contrast to piston compressors, relatively silent. The rotors that compress the air are not in contact with each other, thus producing little noise. In some settings this might definitely be considered an advantage. When a constant airflow is needed it might be very important that the compressor operates quietly: that way your employees don’t have to work in a loud environment.

Piston compressors produce more noise, but that might not be a problem when they are not operated constantly. Everything depends on the actual conditions and demands of your industry. 


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Can't decide on what air compressor you need?

The demands of your industry and the necessary volume capacity will allow you to find the air compressor you need. In some cases rotary screw compressors are a perfect fit, in other cases piston compressors are the ideal choice for you. 

So are you still asking yourself “What air compressor do I need?” Just let us know and our experts will give you the right advice. We’ll assess your situation and help you find the right air compressor. 

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