Industrial air compressor systems may be noisy, but they are necessary. While they may look intimidating, most modern industrial air compressor system are composed of similar major sub-systems and many sub-components.
Major industrial air compressor sub-systems include the compressor, prime mover, controls, treatment equipment and accessories, and the distribution system. The compressor is the mechanical device that takes in ambient air and increases its pressure. The prime mover powers the compressor (typically the electric motor). Controls serve to regulate the amount of compressed air being produced. The treatment equipment removes contaminants and water from the compressed air, and accessories keep the system operating properly. A distribution system consists of the piping that is analogous to wiring in the electrical world – they transport compressed air to wh