The Benefits of Oil-Free Compressed Air

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Oil-free, compressed air provides various benefits that its oil-laden counterpart cannot

The air compressor is a handy tool that can be used at home, garage and heavy industrial settings, where it can be used to inflate tires and power heavy machinery. When it comes to residential application, the air compression can be used in sandblasting, spray painting and powering nail guns. There are three basic types of air compressors; the rotary centrifugal, reciprocating and rotary screw air machine.

Compressors are classified by a number of compression stages, drive technique, cooling method, type of lubrication and type of construction. The drive methods include engine, steam, and motor. Air compressors also use different cooling methods such as water, air, and oil. Having said that, air compressors are mainly defined by the type of lubrication. The lubrication techniques include oil and oil-free lubrication.

The Benefits of Using Oil-Free Compressed Air

  1. Price – Oil-free compressors for residential use are less expensive compared to oil-air or oil-filled compressors.
  2. Portability – Oil-free compressors used for residential purposes are much lighter and easy to transport. This makes it a perfect choice for small and medium size jobs at home, garage and the yard.
  3. Air quality – Oil air compressor is perfect for commercial applications. However, in industries such as food processing which place emphasize on issues like contamination and air quality, the oil-free compressor makes a perfect choice.
  4. Increased sustainability – Unlike oil air compressors, which consume huge volumes of oil, oil separators, and filters. Oil-free compressors are environmentally friendly and easy to operate.
  5. Maintenance and energy savings – Oil-free compressors are cost efficient and easy to maintain because they have simple construction and robust components. The rate of energy consumption is also curtailed in oil-free compressors because its speed is regulated.

The Difference Between Oil Air and Oil-Free Compressed Air

Differentiating between oil-free and oil air compression is often confusing because of the thin line that separates them. In an oil-free compressor, the compression chamber is completely sealed away from the oil powered components to ensure no oil escapes into the air, when the machine is running. On the other hand, in traditional oil air compressors, the oil used to lubricate the motor may find its way into the air and cause oil contamination. Oil air compressors are, however, much more powerful and less noisy compared to oil-free compressors.

Air Compressor Maintenance

Proper care and maintenance of your machinery are crucial if you want it to produce high-quality service and last many years. The compression machine contains numerous components which require regular inspection and maintenance. The components include; piston, cooling water jacket, delivery valve, suction filter, cylinder head, lubricating oil strainer and the compression chamber. Below is a list of key maintenance tips:

  • Always drain the moisture from the receiver tank after using the compression machine
  • Ensure your intake vents are clean to avoid overworking your compressor
  • Change the air filter whenever it is necessary to prevent breakdown
  • Check the hoses on a regular basis
  • Clean the heat exchanger and fuel tank
  • Test the safe shutdown mechanism to ensure safety

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