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Air flows easily through pipes and valves, quickly filling a space. It can be compressed to higher pressures and stored as potential energy. When the pressure is relieved, the compressed air can be used to perform many types of work. Compressed air is so versatile that it is often considered a fourth utility like electricity, natural gas or water. However compressed air is very inefficient; for every 5 HP of energy that is put into compressing air, only 1 HP is available as potential energy. Compressing air produces a stored volume at pressure and the byproduct of this process is heat. Heat is actually wasted energy from the compression process so the less efficient the compressor or blower, the more heat is produced.
Atlas Copco Compressors is a leading manufacturer of energy efficient compressed air systems offering reciprocating, rotary screw and centrifugal air compressors as lubricated or oil free machines; refrigerated, desiccant, membrane and heat of compression air dryers; air line filters; and air distribution systems. Their new low pressure screw blowers are an average of at least 30% more efficient than comparable rotary lobe blowers. They also produce a full range of Variable Speed Drive (VSD) compressors and blowers that adjust the speed of the unit to precisely match the system demand, thereby using only as much energy as is required to keep up. They are so efficient that they often pay for themselves in a short time through energy savings alone. Use the handy Power Pay Calculator to estimate how much you can save with an Atlas Copco VSD drive compressor or blower.
A variety of terminology, measurements and definitions are used to define and measure the volume, pressure, and other aspects of air compression. For example pressure may be represented as PSI (Pounds per Square Inch), bar (one atmosphere at sea level or about 14.5 PSI), pascal (Pa) etc. Volume may be represented as CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute), cubic meters per hour (m3/h), liters per minute (l/m), etc. These different representations can be confusing and even misleading. Compressor and blower manufacturers may represent the performance of their machines as ICFM (Inlet Cubic Feet per Minute), ACFM (Actual Cubic Feet per Minute), SCFM (Standard Cubic Feet per Minute), or FAD (Free Air Delivery). Use the Flow Conversion Calculator to convert or compare the different performance representations.
Compressing air creates heat and concentrates water and other contaminates. These must be removed for efficient use in an industrial compressed air system. Clean, dry air allows pneumatic instruments, valves, and controls to operate reliably, keeps pneumatic equipment running at peak efficiency, and extends the service life of air tools, motors, and cylinders. Dry air also helps ensure product and process quality.
Atlas Copco's AIRnet compressed air piping system delivers quality air exactly where you need it, at the right pressure and at the lowest possible cost. High quality AIRnet elements provide flexibility in system design and ease of installation.