The Development of Modern Air Compressors and Trends in the Future

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 71, No. 796, 1978

George H. Bodfish, Marketing Manager, Worldwide, Centac Division, Ingersoll-Rand Company, Mayfield, Kentucky,

This paper begins with a short history of air compressors, emphasizing their ""roots"" in the mining industry. It then describes the types of compressors available, including reciprocal, the various rotary positive-displacement compressors, and the centrifugal. The advantages and disadvantages of selecting a certain type of compressor over another are enumerated, considering customer requirements and operating costs, among other factors. Guidelines to operation and maintenance are discussed, including installation, monitoring and maintenance procedures. Finally, the paper addresses itself to future trends, with special attention being given to the system concept, the increasing use of rotary compressors, power consumption, reliability, packaging and noise attenuation.
Keywords: Mechanical-electrical, Compressors, Air compressors, Ingersoll-Rand, Reciprocating compressors, Rotary compressors, Centrifugal compressors.