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Reciprocating compressors are known for their durability and are often considered the “work-horse” of air compressors. Reciprocating compressor technology has been around for decades, and for lower pressure applications (80 to 250 PSIG), this technology is still in high demand at 30 HP and below.
Commonly called a piston compressor or recip (short for reciprocating) compressor, these models use a piston in a chamber (cylinder) to decrease volume and increase pressure. The reciprocating motion comes from the piston moving back and worth.
In these positive displacement compressors, air is mechanically reduced causing a corresponding increase in pressure. Applying the principle of reciprocation, which means to move something back and forth, the piston moves back and forth in the chamber which causes a corresponding increase in pressure.As the rotor spins the piston is moved up and down. When the piston goes up air is drawn into the cylinder. As the piston recoils the air is compressed and forced out at a higher pressure. The compressed air is then used immediately by a pneumatic machine or stored in a compressed air tank.
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.
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 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.
The engineering philosophy of Gardner Denver ensures long-lasting, reliable equipment. Our simple, but bold warranty programs demonstrate our belief in the quality found in our compressors.
Our standard warranty ensures that you have peace of mind when it comes to your system’s operation. For added protection, take advantage of our 5-year extended airend warranty program. Simply stated, it’s the best in the industry.
At Gardner Denver, we are ISO 9001 certified. This means our reciprocating air compressors, built for you, have been assembled to the highest quality standards. Stringent inspection procedures assure that these compressors are built to provide dependable and reliable service in harsh applications. Each compressor is factory tested for performance to ensure it has no defects.