Advanced benefits of a rotary screw air compressor

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Regardless of application, there are many advantages of using a rotary screw air compressor throughout your production process. These benefits, made possible by technological advancements, include optimal energy efficiency.

Since electricity consumption makes up more than 80% of owning and operating an air compressor, this factor impacts your total costs. In addition, rotary screw air compressors are the most versatile option. This adaptability is made possible by variable speed control - frequency inverter regulation (IVR).

As suggested, IVR refers to a rotary screw compressor's ability to change speed based on air flow demand. There are many ways this is accomplished, including gear and direct drive transmissions. Some models even come with an interior permanent magnet (iPM) motor.

Compared to piston air compressors, which are much simpler, rotary screw air compressors are usually superior. If you're using a piston compressor, it might be time to upgrade your setup. You may end up saving money, especially with rising energy costs.

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Rotary screw air compressors vs. piston

As mentioned above, rotary screw air compressors come in a wide array of engine arrangements. Piston compressors, on the other hand, are limited to how their components operate.

Since piston compressors use pistons to pressurize air, there's one way this is accomplished. As air moves from one piston cylinder to another, it becomes compressed. While limited, these machines do have some advantages, including relatively easy maintenance.

However, recent developments in rotary screw air compressor technology minimize downtime as much as possible. With technology like iPM motors, friction is practically eliminated when the engine spins.

While the initial investment is greater than with a piston air compressor, you'll receive the most appropriate setup for your application(s). IVR technology, referenced above, is especially valuable if you work on multiple jobs requiring different levels of air pressure.

Choosing the right motor and compressor size

With belt-drive, direct-drive, and gear-driven models on offer from Mark, it can seem overwhelming to decide on the right equipment. Depending on your budget, direct-drive compressors are generally the most efficient. However, belt-drive and gear-drive offer benefits as well.

Regarding size, it all depends on the amount of air pressure you need throughout the day. Additionally, if you already have an air compressor, that'll determine the size of your next machine.

If you're undecided on the best solution for your needs, feel free to get in contact with our team. We're here to help guide you through the process, and determine what makes the most sense.

Something else you may want to consider is the onboard technology and equipment available for rotary screw air compressors. This is yet another advantage over piston compressors, which don't come with monitoring tools and smart factory integration.

Technology and equipment considerations

As mentioned earlier, rotary screw compressors make maintenance simple. Helping maximize uptime, there's the optional ES4000S controller technology for some Mark models. This device provides remote monitoring, so you're aware of production status at all times.

Also, some machines come with energy recovery to reuse heat generated during the air compression process. As our team is constantly researching improvements, the potential for rotary screw air compressors continues to grow.

When to replace and upgrade

This article illuminates how rotary screw air compressors are superior compared to piston machines for many applications. However, you may be undecided if it's the right time to replace and upgrade your setup.

You may also hesitate if you currently have a rotary screw air compressor, and it's showing no signs of wear and tear. Since our machines are built to last, this is often the case for customers.

As a general rule, it's advised to look into replacing and upgrading your setup if it's more than 10 years old. This isn't because your equipment will stop working, but you'll miss out on the latest innovations and increased efficiency.

Running older equipment may be much more expensive than investing in new, optimized machines. In addition, you'll contribute to a cleaner planet.

Environmental impact

Our knowledgeable country experts are here to make the most of your compressed air production. They're well-versed in current regulations on climate change, and can help reduce your business' global impact.

This topic is especially critical as government restrictions tighten over time. Get ahead of reducing your footprint with a rotary screw air compressor.

We've covered a lot of general benefits of rotary screw air compressors in this article. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to reach out. Additionally, consult our website, which provides the most up to date product information.  

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