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When to Upgrade to an Industrial Air Compressor

By In Tips On March 26, 2018

As a business grows, it will reach a point where portable, single-stage, pancake, or piston air compressors aren’t going to cut it anymore. This stage is commonly achieved by auto shops and smaller manufacturing services that grow. If you own a business, here’s how you can tell it’s time to upgrade to a commercial or industrial air compressor.

  1. Is Volume Growing Beyond Your Current Compressor’s Abilities?

Is your business starting to take on more clients? Do you need to produce more product? If so, consider upgrading to an industrial air compressor. For example, a manufacturer that goes from making a product in their garage to an actual facility may need to increase their capacity.

An auto mechanic that only works on one car at a time may need to start working on two or three at once. A business that goes from running a few days a week to staying open seven days a week needs more from its air compressor.

Sometimes business growth is temporary or seasonal. In such cases, consider renting a higher capacity air compressor. If business growth is lasting and likely to continue, then you need a commercial or industrial air compressor.

Another consideration is planned growth. Are you moving to a larger facility or plan on adding additions to the one you’re in? Upgrade your air compressor ahead of the expected growth in business.

  1. Is Your Current Compressor Hindering Your Performance?

Sometimes the compressor itself prevents a business from growing. A compressor with a short duty cycle or one that requires a lot of downtime can hold you back.

You may want to upgrade your tools, only to learn your current air compressor cannot handle them. Or you might need to run a few more tools or keep them running while you use others, but your current compressor won’t allow it.

All of these scenarios can hold a business back. They can frustrate you and cause you to lose business as well.

  1. Are Your Capacity and Pressure Needs Changing?

Each tool or appliance you use will have a CFM and PSI requirement. CFM, or cubic feet per minute, relates to how much air the compressor can deliver. If you want to run multiple tools, or plan to add new tools, your compressor has to satisfy all the capacity and pressure requirements.

Your compressor must handle the combined CFM of all the equipment you need to run simultaneously. It will also need to handle the tool with the highest listed PSI requirement. You’ll need a compressor with higher horsepower to create the needed PSI.

  1. Do You Just Want Something Better?

Many of the upgrades and changes to air compressor technology start with commercial and industrial systems. You want to move on to an air compressor that can satisfy the needs of your business, but you also want features that make it more valuable to you. These features can include:

  • Less noise
  • Greater efficiency
  • More functions
  • Less operational expense

Modern commercial and industrial air compressors often contain these types of features and many more.

But is it really time to upgrade? If you answered yes to one or more of the aforementioned questions, then an upgrade is worth considering. If you’re still not sure, start writing down some numbers. See if upgrading to a rotary or multistage compressor will help your business and bottom-line.

At Compressor-Pump & Service, Inc., we sell and service industrial air compressors from leading manufacturers. Contact us today to find out if it’s time for an upgrade and what kind of upgrade will work best for you and your business.

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