Piston Versus Rotary Screw Compressors: A Short Comparison

Author: Michael Camber, Marketing Services Manager, Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

Reciprocating piston compressors are still the most common choice for most small compressed air systems. The piston unit is a cost-effective choice if air demands are low and air quality does not impact productivity.  There is, however, a segment of compressed air users that may require more constant flows at a higher level of air quality.  CNC machining centers, laser and plasma cutters, as well as paint/coating spray operations are all examples of applications that may be more productive with rotary screw compressors.  

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Piston vs Rotary Screw: A short technical comparison

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