When using air compressors for construction work, you have several choices. Most air compressors are rotary screw air compressors, which use two parallel rotors to compress air inside the tank. However, suppliers like Aircom Technologies and Mac-Air, have hydrovane compressors that provide more advantages than rotary screw compressors, which can make them more appealing to use for construction work.
If you needed a more cost-effective compressor to power your pneumatic tools, hydrovane compressors have several advantages to make your work easier:
Hydrovane compressors have fewer moving parts than rotary screw compressors, which translates to over 100,000 operating hours. A hydrovane compressor can go without the need for any replacement of major components during that time, which makes them a better investment in the long run.
In contrast, the lifespan of a rotary screw compressor is between 35,000 and 40,000 hours. Rotary screw compressors also need to use more oil to keep their parts lubricated and the air cool, which causes decreased efficiency when operating outside the ideal speed range and considerably lowers their lifespan.
Fewer moving parts in hydrovane compressors also translates to less wear and tear on those parts. Using quality oil lubricates parts and prevents the vanes in the rotor of a hydrovane compressor from touching the cylinder’s inner walls. These compressors have been known to last 200,000 hours in dusty conditions.Replacing parts can be done just after turning off the machine, which keeps downtime low.
Rotary screw compressors, on the other hand, are forced to operate at higher speeds, which wear parts out faster. After as early as 20,000 operating hours, the roller bearings of a rotary screw compressor will need to be replaced.
Air compressors have to keep any and all air leakage to a minimum or else face loss of energy. Minimizing air leakage ensures that each unit of air can provide more energy. Hydrovane compressors feature minimal air leakage and a near-perfect air seal. This is due to the vanes being in near-constant contact with the cylinder, which keeps the compressor sealed. Clearances between parts are further sealed by the oil used to lubricate the parts. Hydrovane compressors also work at relatively low speeds, which makes them use less power to operate, giving you more energy for less.
Rotary screw compressors generally operate at high speeds to compensate for air leakage, creating noise that can make it difficult to work in the vicinity of one. On the other hand, because hydrovane compressors operate at lower speeds, they are quiet enough to be located at the point of use. This can make these compressors useful for users who want to keep noise pollution down in their work environments.
Air compressors have to use oil to keep parts lubricated and to cool the compressed air. However, this causes some oil to leak into the air, which can cause accidents if something ignites the carried oil. Hydrovane compressors have an oil carryover of less than 3 PPM, which translates to less oil released into the air.
Hydrovane compressors are far more cost-effective compared to rotary screw compressors. Since they have longer lifespans and fewer maintenance costs, hydrovane compressors make for better long-term investments, despite the generally higher costs when buying them. These kinds of compressors are also more energy-efficient, which lets you get more for less when using them.