Benefits And Applications Of Compressed Air

Compressed air is a safe and reliable power source that is widely used throughout industry. In fact, approximately 70% of all companies use compressed air for some aspect of their operations.

Unlike the other utilities, compressed air is generated on-site, giving users much more control over usage and air quality.

Feature of compressed air

Example of use

It can be easily stored in purpose- built tanks in places where no other power is available or practical Snow making machines
It can be used where other energy types cannot be used due to explosion hazard or fire risk Oil rigs, mines, tunnelling equipment
Equipment operated by compressed air can function at extreme temperatures Air tools used inside furnaces to remove build up of coke; & inside industrial freezers to remove frozen food
High degree of cleanliness, where quality, hygiene and safety are essential Manufacture of food, electronics, dental uses
Dry compressed air Paint spraying
It can be stored in bottles and used where no pipe system exists Breathing air for scuba divers
As a power source, it does not interfere with electrical monitoring equipment Operating theatres in hospitals
Air tools are often much lighter than the equivalent electrical models, making them easier for an operator to handle Production line assembly
Pneumatic drills and hammers in construction

Below is a list giving an indication of the sheer range and diversity of compressed air uses

Construction trade

Drill and demolition hammers (hand rams)
Concrete compactors
Conveyor systems for brickworks/ stone factories

Wood processing industry

Drill feed systems
Transport control of wooden boards
Automatic pallet nailing


Rock drilling hammers and carriage systems
Pneumatic hammers and chisels
Ventilation systems

Steel mills and foundries

Carbon reduction in steel production
Bundling machinery for semi-finished products
Coolants for hot tools and systems

Chemicals industry

Raw material for oxidation processes
Process control
Remote-controlled valves in process circuits

Plastics industry

Transport of granulate in pipes
Cutting and welding equipment
Ejecting work pieces from production moulds

Energy industry

Inserting and withdrawing reactor rods
Remote-controlled valves in steam and coolant circuits
Ventilation systems for boiler houses

Agriculture and forestry

Transport of feed and grain to and from silos
Dispensing equipment
Ventilation systems in glasshouses

Health systems

Power packs for dentists’ drills
Air for respiration systems
Extraction of anaesthetic gases

Food and semi-luxury food industry

Filling equipment for drinks
Closing and checking devices
Bulk packing and palleting machinery

Environmental technology

Forming oil barriers in the water
Enriching water with oxygen
Slide actuation in sewage plants
Increasing pressure in the drinking water supply

Textiles industry

Thread detectors
Clamping/ positioning equipment in sewing machines
Sewing needle and system cooling

Paper-processing industry

Roller adjustment and feed machinery
Cutting, embossing and pressing machinery
Monitoring of paper reels

Traffic and communications

Air brakes in HGVs and rail vehicles
Setting signals, points and barriers
Starting aids for large diesel engines

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