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Reciprocating air compressors are positive displacement compressors, and work by drawing fluid into a fixed-volume chamber, and then mechanically displacing the air. That compressed air then flows into a storage tank.

Some of the industries they are most frequently found in include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Food production
  • Agriculture
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Construction

Whether a reciprocating air compressor is right for your business will depend on the industry that you operate in, your usage needs, your individual facility, and other factors.

What is a Reciprocating Air Compressor?

This type of compressor consists of one or two pistons driven by a crankshaft and comes enclosed within a cylinder. It also has suction and discharge valves. The air flow in a reciprocating air compressor is highly controlled.

A reciprocating air compressor allows for high pressure compressed air. At Compressor Services, we offer Champion compressors as well as Hertz.

Leading Brands for Reciprocating Air Compressors

If you are considering investing in compressed air, it helps to go with a brand that you can trust. Some leading brands include:

Single Stage Vs. Dual Stage Reciprocating Compressors

Reciprocating compressors that come with a single piston (single stage) tend to operate louder than two piston (dual stage) compressors. This is because the single stage compressors need to work twice as hard.

Technology is evolving and reciprocating air compressors are becoming quieter, and more efficient.

Reciprocating Air Compressor Vs. Rotary

A reciprocating air compressor can use 5 to 10 percent less energy than its rotary counterpart while pumping the same amount of air. Because of the high amount of energy that compressors use, this savings can add up over time, resulting in lower energy bills.

There is, however, a trade-off for this level of efficiency. Reciprocating pumps can be more expensive and sometimes require more maintenance.

A Reciprocating Compressor Can Run Backward

The direction of airflow in a reciprocating air compressor can be reversed, creating a vacuum. There will be no adverse impact on the machine, but lubrication can become an issue under this type of operation.

Finding the Right Compressor for Your Facility

Dual stage reciprocating air compressors offer users tremendous energy efficiency. They are widely used across a variety of industries. There are some trade-offs, but they are often a popular choice. If you have questions or would like to talk about your specific facility situation, contact us today!

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