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About Medical Air Compressors
Medical air compressors are used to compress the medical gas being sent from the cylinders/tanks to the pipeline in order to generate the pressure necessary to distribute the medical gases to the various outlets throughout the facility. These compressors are specially designed for the medical industry to be oil-free and meet the NFPA and CSA requirements to supply clean, dry, odorless air.
Types of Medical Air Compressors
Medical air compressors can be customized to fit your facility’s needs. There are two main types of medical air compressors: reciprocating and scroll. Both are very reliable and are common in the industry.
Reciprocating compressors offer the benefit of not affecting patient care during a temporary shutdown which is essential, but older models do have a tendency to overheat. On the other hand, scroll compressors have air-cooled motors which prevent overheating and have been shown to be reliable when running at 100% duty cycle. When it comes to maintenance, reciprocating compressors are much easier to maintain and do not require as much upkeep as a scroll compressor which requires annual maintenance and regular inspection. If you’re in need of installation services, visit our medical gas installation page.
Choosing a Medical Air Compressor
To choose the appropriate medical air compressor for your facility, a good rule of thumb is to multiply the CFM (cubic feet per minute) of your most powerful air tool by 1.5. This will give you the CFM rating needed for the compressor. If using more than one air tool, make sure to add each of their CFM’s together and then multiply by 1.5. Most medical air compressors range between 125 to 150 PSI and have a tank capacity of 10 to 30 gallons. Another area to consider when choosing an air compressor is noise level. In larger facilities, air compressors will usually be placed in rooms or separate buildings far away from patient areas to minimize the level of noise. However, for smaller facilities where space is limited, noise can be an issue. For these smaller facilities, a portable air compressor or smaller unit may be a more appropriate solution. An important thing to note is that while smaller air compressors are generally not as loud, they are also less powerful so they are not suitable for larger facilities. For more information on your selected medical air compressor, click the “Specifications” tab at the bottom of the page and you will be directed to the manufacturer’s product spec sheet. Visit the following pages if you’re in need of a medical air compressor.