We know that in many industries, air purity is critical. Even the tiniest drop of oil can cause product spoilage, product recall, or damage production equipment. That is why it is always important to consider your production process and end product when choosing an air compressor. More and more businesses are looking to oil free air compressors as a reputable source of providing clean compressed air.
CompAir oil free compressors use various technologies that bypass the need for oil. In oil lubricated compressors, oil is used in the compression chamber to cool the compressor, lubricate moving parts, provide sealing, and help to reduce noise dissipation.
Oilless compressors make use of advances in technology to offer the same performance without the need for oil. In an oil-free compressor, no matter what type of technology is being used, no oil will ever be used in the compression chamber. This eliminates the risk of contamination and ensures the highest standard of air purity possible.
Whether you choose to opt for an oil free air compressor or not will most likely depend on the intended application. Oil free models are the perfect choice for applications where hygiene is important such as the food and beverage industry. Whilst lubricated air compressors can provide clean air with the use of downstream filtration equipment, they do not offer the same peace of mind and guarantee as dry models.
Aside from safely reducing the risk of contaminated air, oil free compressors have a whole host of other benefits that translate into real customer advantages:
Low cost of ownership
A considerable amount of money is used to ensure contaminants are removed from compressed air produced by lubricated models. Oil free models allow you to save on the cost of oil replacements as well as downstream equipment used to clean and separate oil from air such as oil separators, filtration equipment, and condensate treatment.
Being more eco friendly is at the forefront of every business's initiatives at the moment. Oil-less models are more compliant with international environmental regulations than lubricated systems. This is because they do not produce any hazardous waste, such as condensate, that needs to be disposed of appropriately. For an environmentally conscious compressor choice, choose oil free.
No oil reduces the need for maintenance intervals where the oil needs to be replaced. Plus, oil free models often have less moving parts, meaning there are less potential areas for problems to occur. Whilst regular preventative maintenance checks are still recommended, oil free models offer a low maintenance solution for business owners.
Quiet by design
Another benefit of the reduced moving parts is less noise. The design of CompAir oil free compressors has been engineered to produce less noise and less vibration, meaning they are suitable for busy plants and point of use requirements.
Technology to suit every requirement
We offer a wide range of oil free solutions such as two-stage, water injected, scroll and piston models as well as our new series, Ultima™.
Choose the smarter alternative with Ultima™
Ultima™ is a groundbreaking PureAir compressor with revolutionary energy efficiency. Its unique design utilises both low pressure and high pressure dry screw airends. Each airend is individually driven by a variable speed, permanent magnet synchronous motor, offering exceptional levels of efficiency when compared with traditional technology.
Choose Ultima™ for:
Best in class performance – higher FAD and lower specific power consumption than our main competitors, offering up to 13% higher efficiency!
Full upgradability between 75 kW & 160 kW.
Optional heat recovery – only air-cooled oil free air compressor on the market applicable for process heat recovery.
Efficient cooling system – up to 12% more heat available for heat recovery, Class leading low noise level – Max 70 dB(A)
High efficiency two stage compression with the D Series
The D series meets the most stringent hygienic standards and offers outstanding reliability for demanding applications. We have implemented new, high efficiency two-stage screw compressors to further enhance the performance of the D series. With the addition of 10 new models, the D series now covers a wide flow range from 8.9 to 51.8 m3/min.
Choose the D series for:
Air quality that meets the most stringent hygiene standards
Class 0 certified and silicone-free compression
High efficiency and low pressure losses, low temperature operation, and economical control
Watch the video below to learn more about how our D Series oil free compressors work.
100% oilless operation with the DH series
CompAir's DH series is a water injected rotary screw model that has been certified ISO 8573-1 Class Zero (2010) and is silicone free. The unique design of the DH series offers lower speeds and lower operating temperatures, resulting in high efficiency performance with reduced maintenance requirements.
Choose the DH Series for:
Absolutely no oil anywhere in the compressor
High quality water injection for maximised efficiency
Safe and reliable operation with minimal maintenance
Variable speed options for reduced energy consumption
High reliability scroll compression
The range of scroll compressors has been certified ISO 8573-1 Class 0 and silicone free. Meeting the high levels that industry demands, Scroll compressors offer a low total cost of ownership without compromising on performance.
Robust piston technology with the R Series
Our R series is a two-stage reciprocating model with state-of-the-art technology. It uses piston compression, which is known for its excellent energy efficiency. High-quality, robust construction along with excellent efficiency means that payback times are short. Plus, with its long economic life cycle, the R series continues to supply affordable solutions with long-term results.
Choose the R Series for:
Significant energy savings of up to 20% over comparable technology
Oil free technologies are popular in many industries where compressed air needs to meet stringent health and safety and air quality standards. Oil free designs are perfect for businesses who need to ensure no product spoilage occurs due to contaminated air output.
Some industries and applications where dry compressors provide a wealth of benefits and are often used include:
Food and Beverage
When it comes to food safety, health and safety is extremely important. There are rigorous processes in place to ensure that the food we eat is safe, healthy and tasty! Contaminated air could cause product spoilage which is a health risk for the consumer and could cause irreparable damage to a company brand.
Oil free compressors can safely be used for product handling, transportation, food filling machines, air knives for cutting or peeling food products and for vacuum packaging goods as well as many other uses within this diverse sector.
Within the drugs and pharmaceutical industry, quality and safety are strictly adhered to. Any products that reach the market must be rigorously tested to ensure they are safe for consumption. With so many people relying on products from the pharmaceutical industry, clean air is critical for this industry.
Businesses within this sector rely on clean compressed air for a variety of uses including fermentation in antibiotic production, aeration for oxidation processes, tablet production and packaging and bottling of medications.
Toxic chemical and unstable gases will often be part of the process production within the chemical industry. In hazardous processes oil free compressors will help to eliminate the risk of explosions and process disruption. They will also increase product purity resulting in better processes, less waste and increased safety for those relying on the products. Typical uses of compressed air within the chemical industry include process air, control valves and cylinders, material handling as well as air curtains and product drying.
A lot of work goes into producing fabrics with elegant designs and intricate details. Contaminated air could cause damage to materials resulting in costly repairs and maintenance or worse, product wastage. Oil free compressors are used within the textile industry for intricate tasks such as air-jet weaving and spinning, texturising and pneumatic transport.
Oil and Gas
Process reliability is essential within the oil and gas industry where hazardous chemicals are often used. Popular uses within this sector include nitrogen generation, buffer air, control/ instrument air and process operations for sulphur removal, catalyst regeneration and process heaters, to name a few.
High quality vehicles rely on high quality compressed air. Impure air can result in damage to a product finish and may even require expensive repair work to fix. Whether compressed air is used for tyre inflation or more complex uses, such as air operated robots, pure air provides the best results. Typical uses within this industry include product finishing with spray paint, pneumatic tools, plasma cutting and welding as well as cleaning.
For smooth running control systems, ultra-clean conditions need to be maintained. Furthermore, where expensive electronic equipment is concerned, there can be no room for error or risk. Compressed air is often used in electronics for actuating valves and tools within control systems as well as moving and placing electrical components. Additional common uses include cleaning PCB boards and in the production of electrical equipment.
To keep your oil free compressor running smoothly, we provide a dedicated aftermarket service to ensure your compressor continues to run effectively and energy efficiently. Should you run into any issues with your CompAir compressor, we have an extensive distributor network who are happy to help.