Since 1963, Compressed Air Systems has been providing air compressors, blowers, vacuums, and nitrogen generators, and process chiller equipment to companies in critical industries, including food processing and aerospace. Our food-grade compressed air solutions are compliant with the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act, and our compressed air for aerospace applications meets the strict regulations of this industry. We also offer audit services, rentals, and turnkey solutions.
Whether you are looking for a quick diagnosis and repair or a full turnkey system, we are the ideal solution provider for all your compressed air needs. Read on to learn about high-pressure air compressor systems and their applications.
WHAT IS A HIGH-PRESSURE AIR COMPRESSOR SYSTEM?
High-pressure industrial air compressors take in ambient air and compress it to pressures up to 6000 pounds per square inch (PSI). The air flows through several compression stages and is cooled after each one so that it can be compressed to high pressures. Industrial high-pressure air compressors can achieve compressed air between 2000 and 6000 PSI.
Examples of applications that use high-pressure air compressors include the industrial, paintball, fire, and SCUBA markets. Before purchasing an air compressor for your facility, you must consider factors such as type of usage, space requirements, and cost. At Compressed Air Systems, we carry a broad selection of high-pressure air compressor systems to meet your budget and performance specifications.
HOW HIGH IS HIGH PRESSURE?
High pressure means being compressed to more than 150 pounds PSI. The standard compressor found in commercial garages can compress up to that pressure. Although high pressure starts at 150 PSI, most industrial solutions supply pressures ranging from 1000 to 6000 PSI. You can reach out to Compressed Air Systems to discuss your specific application and required pressures.
High-pressure air compressors have a storage cylinder that can be down-regulated to the intended use pressure for your application. Therefore, you can reduce the short cycling of your compressor and allow for short periods of high-volume applications.
WHAT DOES A STANDARD HIGH-PRESSURE COMPRESSOR SYSTEM LOOK LIKE?
The components of a high-pressure compressed air system include fill stations, cylinder fill stations, tanks, and an air compressor. The system can also deliver air to a supply bank to provide compressed air during peak-demand situations, which demand more pressure than a compressor can handle. A complete high-pressure air compressor system and boosters will have multistage intercoolers to optimize cooling between the steps of the process, creating optimal pressures.
Boosters are crucial in many industrial plants and serve as cost-effective alternatives to installing higher-pressure systems throughout the entire plant. For example, PET plastic blow molding requires very high pressures. Therefore, a booster system is necessary for such settings to enhance the existing systems’ capabilities.
WHAT IS BREATHING AIR?
Breathing air is purified and compressed atmospheric air. It meets certain standards for contaminants and does not undergo enrichment. Breathing air provides a lifeline in critical situations like SCUBA diving and firefighting. Compressor Air Systems has compressor modules that can integrate into your existing systems to ensure reliability for all your breathing air needs.
APPLICATIONS FOR INDUSTRIAL HIGH-PRESSURE COMPRESSORS
Many applications rely on industrial high-pressure compressors for everyday operation.
The recreational applications of high-pressure compressed air include paintball and precharged pneumatic (PCP) air rifles. The compact canisters usually contain 3000-4500 PSI.
INDUSTRIAL HIGH-PRESSURE AIR
High-pressure air is crucial in the industrial sectors for various applications, including air blast circuit breakers, pneumatic and hydraulic system leak testing, blow molding, proof and leak testing in refrigeration heat exchangers, and valve testing. It’s also a cost-effective replacement for high-pressure nitrogen.
Furniture manufacturing requires high-pressure compressed air for power tools, actuators, air piston power, clamping, and spraying.
Several metal fabrication processes, such as injection molding, spraying, and tooling, require high pressure air.
Food & Beverage
Several applications in the food and beverage industry require high pressure, such as dehydration, cleaning, conveying, spray coating, bottling, and vacuum packing.
Examples of tools that require high pressure in the mining industry include hoists, pumps, actuator controls, and pneumatic tools.
Plastics, Silicone, & Rubber Manufacturing
Compressed air powers tooling, mold press, clamping, forming, and injection molding operations in this manufacturing sector.
High pressure is crucial in general manufacturing applications such as clamping, tool cleaning, and stamping. It is also essential in power tools, controls, and actuators.
Breathing air applications like SCUBA tanks for diving typically require tanks containing at least 3000 PSI. SCBA air packs are lighter, smaller, and easier to carry for hazmat and fire applications. They are available at 5500, 4500, and 2216 PSI.
Glass, Stone, & Clay
The glass, stone, and clay industries use high pressure air for mixing, blending, conveying, molding, and cooling.
COST OF HIGH-PRESSURE COMPRESSORS
The cost of high-pressure compressors depends on many factors. Price points and functionality vary widely. Generally, your needs will determine the cost of a high-pressure compressor. These include:
YOUR PRESSURE REQUIREMENTS
YOUR VOLUME OF OUTPUT (CFM) REQUIREMENT
YOUR AVAILABLE SPACE
WHETHER YOU NEED A THREE- OR FOUR-STAGE COMPRESSOR
Compressed Air Systems offers compressed air equipment with full functionality at competitive price points. Our fill stations and compressors are easy to operate, install, and maintain, so you can optimize your facility’s productivity and efficiency.
Maintenance of High-Pressure Compressors
High-pressure compressors use a series of processes that convert intake ambient air into a source of power for tools and machinery. They have various parts that require regular maintenance to ensure they operate seamlessly. Oil changes, filter cleaning, and cooler inspections should take place every three months. Connections should be tightened and filters replaced at least once a year.
Contact Compressed Air Systems
High-pressure air compressors are necessary pieces of equipment in many applications in critical industries like medical, aerospace, and food and beverage processing. To ensure consistent and reliable pressure for your needs, partner with a knowledgeable supplier who can help you select the right system, answer your questions, and address any issues you may have.
Compressed Air Systems can customize an air compressor for your specific operating environment. We build all our products with high-quality components that are sure to optimize your facility’s energy efficiency, performance, and reliability. Contact us today or request a quote to get started.