In addition to the many solutions Gardner Denver provides for general industrial purposes, a number of brands such as Compair and Thomas serve the automotive and mobile markets for specialized applications that require high performance and durability including: air seats, fuel cells, air suspension and tire inflation.We also provide solutions for pick & place and central vacuum systems.

Our engineers work closely with major automobile manufacturers, as well as their direct suppliers on new technologies that hold much promise for tomorrow's drivers.

Air Clutches

Air clutches with small air volumes hasten engagement and displacement. These types of clutches are used in the machine industry, where loads driven by electric motors require an effective way to stop without slippage.

Air Doors

Air operated doors, for the most part, are standard equipment on larger coach buses and car rental passenger buses. They provide the operator greater convenience in opening the larger doors on these types of vehicles.

Air Horns

Air horns come in many different shapes and sizes and are used in the marine, semi trailer, fire equipment, bus and emergency vehicle industries.

Air Seats

Air seats provide pneumatic seat comfort via a system of integrated air bladders. The system comprises a Thomas air pump, control electronics, pneumatic valves, and a switch panel. The air pump inflates/deflates as required by the user. Deflation can be passive through body weight pushing the air out or active through vacuum generated by the pump. Massage cycles can be incorporated.

Air Suspension

Air suspension is used today for cars, trucks, and SUV's (sport utility vehicles). Some of the high-end luxury vehicles along with over-the-road trucks offer air ride systems as standard equipment. A Thomas air compressor supplies air to either shocks or rubber bladders located directly below the axle or at each wheel.

Brake Assist

Brake Assist helps reduce breaking distance and provides increased protection in emergency situations. The electronically controlled system recognizes a "panic stop" by monitoring the rate of the brake application and initiates full braking within a fraction of a second, reducing the car's braking distance by as much as 20 percent. This technology is in production on several vehicles today, including SUVs, trucks, and personal vehicles.

Compressed Air Applications

Where speed and repeatability are paramount compressed air is used extensively in the automotive industry. Whether it be spraying cars with robots where high quality oil free compressors are required or assembling them with air tools. The automotive industry relies on compressors and compressed air supply.

  • Product finishing
    Compressed air vapourizes and propels paint through paint guns or robots onto clean metal surfaces such as car components and shells
  • Air operated robots
    Where reliability and repeatability are required compressed air is used for the operation of robots.
  • Plasma cutting and welding
    Compressed air is used in the process to assist the cutting or welding speed and reliability
  • Air tools
    Air tools are preferred to electric tools as they are light and easy to handle
  • Paint shop applications
    Compressed air is the first choice as a safe medium to operate paint pumps in highly volatile environments

Fuel Cells

A fuel cell is an electrochemical energy conversion device that converts hydrogen and oxygen into water, producing electricity and heat in the process. A fuel cell provides a DC (direct current) voltage that can be used to power motors, lights or any number of electrical appliances. There are several different types of fuel cells, each using a different chemistry.

Tire Inflation

Tire inflation technology (Central Tire Inflation) allows quick adjustment for changing conditions. Because central tire inflation improves traction, it can operate on low-quality haul roads and steep grades. It can reduce tire wear. Vehicles with central tire inflation have relatively low environmental impacts (such as rutting) on wetlands and roads.