Learning the Lingo of Compressed Air

air-compressor14The compressed air market is no different than any other type of specific specialization in that it has its own level of jargon.  Learning what the different terms mean will help you have a better understanding of what you are dealing with when it comes to compressed air.

Different Parts of an Industrial Air Compressor:

  • Air Regulator – used to gauge how much air is being expelled from the tank.
  • Tank – this is the largest part of the unit.  It holds all the air until it is ready to be compressed and used.
  • Pressure Gauge – this is on the tank and it shows how much air is available to use inside the tank.
  • Check Valves – these ensure the air is flowing in the same direction.
  • Line Pressure Gauge – measures how much air is in the pneumatic hose that supplies all your tools with air.

Difference between Single Stage and Two-Stage Compressor Units:

  • Single Stage Compressor – a smaller unit that compresses air in one stage.  It can store a moderate amount of compressed air.
  • Two-Stage Compressor – this is a larger unit which compresses air in one stage but then takes the compressed air and compresses it again in a second stage which leads to a higher CFM and PSI.

Measurements Involved in Reading your Air Compressor:

  • PSI – this is one of the most important measurements.  It stands for pounds per square inch.  This is the measurement of the pressure inside the tank, the hoses, and the system itself.  It measures the amount of force being expelled by the machine.
  • CFM – this stands for cubic feet per minute.  This measures the amount of air being delivered from the compressor to the other tools.  A higher CFM rating means more compressed air is being delivered.

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