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Piston (or reciprocating as they are also known) compressors and rotary (or screw as they are also known) air compressors are the most popular compressor technologies available today. But do you know which one would be better suited for your specific needs and applications? Understanding the difference between piston, rotary or screw air compressors and the capabilities of each technology is key. That’s why we’re covering the basics below!
What Factors Should I Consider?
Initial and operating costs, energy efficiency, duty cycle, and service intervals are important factors to consider when determining whether your business will benefit most from a piston or a rotary screw compressor. Noise levels is an additional factor to take into consideration.
- Initial Cost vs. Operating Costs. Budgeting for a compressor shouldn’t only include how much you pay for your compressor upfront; but keep in mind how much you’ll pay for your compressor in the long run (i.e. your overall operating costs). As much as 70-75% of a compressor’s lifetime operating costs are spent on energy usage, so keep that in mind when selecting a compressor technology. Pistons have a lower initial cost than screws, but screws cost much less to operate over time.
- Energy Efficiency. If both a piston and a screw were running the same amount of hours, the screw compressor will be much more efficient and have lower operating costs than the piston over the lifetime of the compressor. When selecting a technology, ask yourself: Is the initial or lifetime cost more important to you and your business?
- Duty Cycle. Because piston compressors are limited in their duty cycles, they’re ideal for applications with low duty cycle requirements and low daily running hours. Screw compressors, however, have long duty cycles. In fact, screws are engineered to run 100%, all day, every day!
- Service Intervals. There are more moving parts in a reciprocating compressor than in a screw, which results in increased machine wear and tear. Screw compressors don’t have as much wear; hence, they have reduced maintenance needs. But keep in mind that it’s important to keep any type of compressor on a consistent maintenance schedule! This will help ensure machine efficiency and optimal system performance.
- Noise Levels. Piston air compressors are loud, If noise level matters, think about a screw compressor.