Learn More About Our Reciprocating Compressors

Reciprocating compressors are known for their durability and are often considered the “work-horse” of air compressors. They offer a small footprint, low installation cost and low maintenance costs. Learn more about our reciprocating compressors, view our comprehensive product portfolio.

The Basic Working Principle

Reciprocating air compressors work on the principle of reciprocation, which means to move something back and forth. They are positive displacement type compressors meaning when the air is mechanically reduced, a corresponding increase in pressure occurs.

Reciprocating compressors use pistons to compress air. In these types of compressors, a rotor spins, causing a piston to move up and down. When the piston goes down, air is pulled into a chamber. 
As the piston moves back up, the air is compressed and forced out. The compressed air is then used immediately by a pneumatic machine or stored in a compressed air tank.

Where are these compressors best suited?

Reciprocating compressors are engineered to work efficiently in a wide variety of applications. They are used in auto body, tire shops, woodworking facilities, construction sites, amusement parks, and industrial facilities. You can depend on a reciprocating compressor when operating in less than ideal conditions.
Featuring low installation costs, reciprocating compressors are designed for intermittent duty applications in harsh environments. They are best suited for applications where the compressor is turned on and off frequently. 

Reciprocating compressors save energy in no-load conditions and operate efficiently at partial load. This leads to higher overall efficiency for the compressor, resulting in lower maintenance costs. In addition, a reciprocating compressor has lower maintenance costs due to less moving parts when compared to other air compressor technologies.