Does your commercial or industrial application require your compressed air to meet the highest air purity standards?
Both oil-free and oil-flooded compressors can be designed with downstream mechanical filtration in order to remove all impurities in the air. However, oil-free compressors don’t introduce oil or other lubricants into the air compression process, providing an additional safeguard for highly sensitive applications.
What is Oil-Free Air?
Compressed air purity is defined by ISO 8573.1 purity classes, with oil-free applications requiring Air Quality Classes 1 or 0.
ISO Class 0 is based on the specifications of the particular application, below the ISO Class 1 maximum total oil concentration, which can be achieved with both oil-free and oil-flooded compressors.
The ISO 8573.1: 2010 table outlines the standards for each of the compressed air purity classes. The table contains the maximum contaminant levels for each of the compressed air quality classes along with the test methods and analytical techniques for each type of contaminant.
Oil-Flooded vs. Oil-Free Compressors
Depending on your application, an oil-flooded compressor may be better suited for your needs. Below are a few factors to consider when making the choice between oil-free or oil-lubricated compressors. Contact our experts to learn more about which compressor solution is right for you.
Oil-Free Compressor Benefits
Prevent Oil Contamination
Oil-free compressors help eliminate potential contamination and improve air quality as no oil or lubricant is used in the compression process.
Reduced Noise Levels
Oil-free designs often produce less noise compared to oil-lubed compressors, resulting in quieter operations.
With their reduced energy usage, oil-free air technology can help you reduce your environmental impact and improve your regulatory compliance.
Oil-Flooded Compressor Benefits
Oil-lubed compressors have a lower initial purchase price and are generally a more cost-efficient solution.
Suitable for Heavy-Duty Applications
Oil-flooded compressors are highly robust and suited for heavy daily usage or industrial applications.
Greater Air Capacity
When greater airflow is needed, oil-flooded compressors can provide significantly more cubic metres per minute of airflow.
Oil-Free Air Applications
Oil-free compressors are specifically suited to sensitive applications where exceptionally clean air is required and the potential for oil contamination poses significant risks such as financial losses.
At Chamco, our selection of oil-free compressors offers many great options for the following sensitive applications:
Oil and gas
Food and beverage manufacturing
Oil and gas
Research and development
Research and development
For all other applications, oil-flooded compressors tend to be a more cost-effective solution.
Oil-Free Air Compressors
Chamco is the exclusive Western Canadian distributor of the following Sullair oil-free units, designed with the leading oil-free technology to deliver unmatched efficiency and air purity.
We also offer an impressive range of oil-lubricated models. Tell us about your compressed air needs, and we’ll help you find the perfect air compressor for your unique application, whether it be an oil-flooded or oil-free design.
Why Purchase an Oil-Free Compressor from Chamco?
Chamco is an industry leader in compressor solutions, and we are here to support you throughout the lifespan of your oil-free compressor.
High-Quality, Genuine OEM Parts
Not only is Chamco the exclusive distributor of Sullair compressors in Western Canada, but we are also Western Canada’s exclusive distributor of genuine Sullair OEM parts. We have an extensive inventory of maintenance kits and compressor parts on hand, ready to be shipped to your site when you need them most.
Decades of Compressor Service Excellence
For over 50 years, Chamco has provided superior industrial compressor expertise to our wide range of customers. All Chamco technicians are either journeymen or indentured apprentice millwrights/electricians with specialized factory training.
24/7 Service Support
At Chamco, we’re committed to being there for you whenever and wherever you need us most. We provide fast, flexible service around the clock, even in the most remote locations.
Tell Us About Your Compressed Air Needs
Contact the experts at Chamco to find out whether an oil-free or oil-flooded compressor will meet the needs of your application and environment.