Is it time to upgrade your air compressor system?

r45-system-installCompanies expand and rebuild all of the time, they outgrow or wear out their existing reciprocating air compressors.  In researching a replacement they often ask if a rotary compressor is the right solution. There are several things to consider if your company is in this situation.

First, what is the application?

Rotaries are generally better for applications requiring a more continuous supply of compressed air such as sandblasting, grinding, painting or multiple air tools being used simultaneously.  Has your present piston compressor been running nonstop to keep up with your use or does it only start and stop a few times an hour?  If your present piston compressor is having a hard time keeping up perhaps a rotary would be a better fit.

Second, what is your present electrical supply voltage, amperage and wire size?  What cost would be required to upgrade to a larger electrical service?

Installation of a rotary screw compressor also has special considerations.   Unlike an air cooled piston compressor, a rotary uses an internal coolant and fan cooled radiator arrangement.  As such, a rotary is more sensitive to extremes in ambient temperatures and should be located in an environment where temperatures can be maintained between 40 and 100 degrees.   Fortunately, another advantage of an Ingersoll Rand rotary screw compressor is its very low noise level, often allowing installation indoors in the work area where the loud racket of a piston compressor would not be acceptable.

About Eric Schroeder

Eric Schroeder

Eric Schroeder has been a valued salesman for Air Components since 2010, with even more experience in the Compressor industry after graduating from Purdue University. People who work with Eric have the most reliable, efficient systems. He enjoys giving system assessments that provide a variety of options best suited to each individual situation.If you have more questions or would like to work with Eric, you can reach him at