Industrial Air Compressors for Commercial, Industrial and Manufacturing
Buy hard-wearing, belt drive industrial air compressors from ABAC online. Shop direct from the manufacturer for great advice, competitive prices and excellent service.
Call our expert team on 01869 326 226 for advice on choosing the best commercial air compressor for your business. You can still shop online to get great prices and rapid delivery on compressors, ancillaries, performance (service) kits and oils.
Intermittent use compressors
These include the A29B and A39B which give you a good supply of air for 1-2 users. You can easily operate staple guns, nailing guns, pin nailers, drills, screwdrivers and sanders with these systems. You can choose “LN” (Low Noise) and tandem versions for extra power. If you aren’t sure what size of receiver you need or whether the 2HP motor is best for you, just ask us! Our team is just a phone call away on 01869 326 226.
Frequent use industrial air compressors
If you have more users or you run your compressors for long periods of time, we often recommend the B4900 and B5900 ranges in ABAC Pro Frequent Use. You can pick low noise, tandem options. There are also models with integrated refrigerant dryers (with “FFO” in the name). These systems need 3-phase electricity.
Diesel and petrol air compressors are a good option if you haven’t got access to the right electricity supply. The ABAC EngineAir compressor range features oil lubricated, belt driven compressors. If you need to move your compressor around, we have EngineAir mobile units. You can also pick an EngineAir to mount on a vehicle.
If you aren’t sure which system to choose, ask our expert team for advice. You can call them on 01869 326 226.
If you need an air compressor for large scale manufacturing, ABAC has excellent equipment for a wide range of situations. Just ask our LiveChat team or call them on 01869 326 226 to ask about industrial compressors and they will direct you to the right department.
Benefits of Air Compressors for Industrial Use
Compressed air is an essential service for any sort of industrial or production facility. That’s why it is often described as the fourth utility, behind electricity, gas and water.
Smaller businesses usually need an air compressor to power their pneumatic tools. Businesses usually choose air powered tools over electric ones because:
- They are lighter in weight and safer to operate
- Unlike electric tools, air tools do not generate heat
- Because air tools do not overheat or short out with continuous use they improve your efficiency.
You might find our guide to air powered tools and compressors useful. It lists many popular tools and recommends the best air compressor for those tools.
Buy Industrial Air Compressors Online
We sell reciprocating piston compressors online. Our expert team can advise you on the best one for your business. Just call them on 01869 326 226.
If you need a bigger compressor for a manufacturing plant or small factory unit, we recommend you choose a rotary screw compressors. You can buy these through our approved distributor network.
Uses for Compressed Air
- Operating air tools on production lines
- Powering CNC Machine tools
- Cutting and welding equipment
- Spray coating
- Pneumatic cylinder supply
- Shot / bead blast
- Operating packaging machinery
- Joinery/ Furniture manufacturing: controls and cylinders, air tools, clamping, spraying
- Plastics injection moulding
- Ejecting pieces from production moulds
- Increasing production efficiency with air cylinders that power positioners, clamps, air chucks, and air knives
Operating your industrial compressor
In production environments, an air compressor will work much harder than when it is being used by a hobbyist or professional user. You need an industrial air compressor to avoid breakdowns, delays in manufacturing or high repair and servicing costs. It takes a special air compressor to cope with fluctuating continuous demands of air – and this is why the industrial piston compressor and the rotary screw compressor were designed for the job.
Industrial piston air compressors are designed for more demanding intermittent applications or heavily contaminated environments whilst the Rotary Screw will happily run 100% duty, or in real terms 24/7/365!
“OK, so what’s a Variable Speed Compressor?”
These are rotary screw compressors which incorporate variable speed drives for greater control over airflow and pressure. They can achieve similar output to rotary screw compressors but due to greater efficiency and control they invariably offer huge energy savings to facilities where the air consumption is variable such as machine shops and factories. As ABAC we offer each product mentioned so whatever the application, rest assured we have a solution!
“OK – what do I need to know about air cleanliness?”
Clean air is important for all compressed air uses but the standard varies depending on the application. For example you will need extremely clean air for paint spraying, or driving pneumatic cylinders on CNC machine tools but the standard is lower for air to blow down a machine tool at the end of a shift.
Fortunately there is an ISO Standard with recommendations to help us identify the minimum components you’ll require in your system to get the result you want for your ‘point of use’ compressed air
Typical installations – what goes where?
Air treatment should always be chosen to meet the lowest acceptable standard for the application – over-treating the compressed air adds additional capital purchase costs, running costs and ongoing service costs. It may be that you have a requirement for air at very high purity levels however if you are a small air consumer it may be more cost effective for you to treat this with a point of use dryer / filtration solution.
Any condensate discharged from your compressed air system will contain traces of oil – the UK Water Resources Act 1991 states that it is an offence to knowingly permit entry of toxic waste to surface or ground water drains. It is an offence with a fine of £20,000 or more in a crown court.
To ensure your compliance we have our range of oil water separators designed to remove the oil from the condensate and reduce it below the acceptable levels for discharge to a foul sewer. As limits vary across the country by local authority you should always check that any system is designed to meet your local limits. A consent to discharge is always required in conjunction with an ongoing maintenance plan and testing regime to ensure full compliance.
Types of installation
Now that you’ve chosen your compressed air system along with any air treatment it’s time to consider the installation.
There are in essence two types of installation – locally at point of use or a dedicated compressor room with distribution pipework. Whichever type of installation suits your application we have the solution in relation to compressed air pipework – AIRnet is our aluminium smooth bore push fit system available in diameters from 20mm to 158mm so whatever size compressor system you have we have it covered.
- AIRnet is typically 85% faster to install than conventional galvanised pipework systems.
- AIRnet is simple to install and can be done by one person reducing labour costs.
- AIRnet ensures minimal pressure drop and results in energy savings.
- AIRnet is leakage free and corrosion resistant with a 10 year warranty.
Sizing of your system
If it’s a brand new installation, we’d recommend talking with your local ABAC authorised distributor allowing you to tap into a wealth of experience in terms of best practice. They will be able to handle any such project cradle to grave for you.
If its an existing installation, and your perhaps looking to replace your compressor, do you size like for like? In a word ‘no’ technologies have advanced at such a rate in recent times that a 26kw compressor will now match the output of a traditional 30kw unit. Variable speed technology should also be a consideration. To take the guess work out of it we’ve developed a highly accurate auditing system called ‘Airchitect’ so we can offer you the perfect match in terms of compressor size and type to supply your system.
Below is an extract from one of our Airchitect audits, allowing an accurate ‘best fit’ compressor proposal that will ensure energy efficiency in operation.