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Industrial Air Compressors

Gardner Denver is a leading, global manufacturer of reliable and efficient air compressor systems.

Explore Our Industrial Air Compressors Tailored For Your Application

We offer multiple industrial air compressor products across all applications to ensure our customers get the right product for their specific industry.


Guide | Compressor Selection

With a wide range of technology options to choose from, sometimes it is difficult to decide which industrial air compressor is best suited for your application. Download our educational white paper to learn more about Gardner Denver’s tiered product offering and the most important considerations when choosing your air compressor.



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Compressor Selection

Compressor Purchases: What Do You Need to Consider?

When it comes to purchasing an air compressor or upgrading your plants existing compressed air system, you have a wide array of solutions to select from: reciprocating or rotary screw, oil-free or oil-lubricated, variable speed or fixed speed.

It is best to approach planning without preconceived opinions such as “it has to be a screw compressor/reciprocating compressor/oil-lubricated compressor” or “we need a 100 HP machine.” It is better to carefully consider all your options. Be sure to consult with your local, authorized distributor, to provide an analysis of your current compressed air demand and pressure level.

Furthermore, when comparing the prices of different compressor types and brands; be sure to remember that energy accounts for more than 2/3 of a compressed air system’s total cost of ownership (TCO). Compare beyond the initial purchase price to the total cost of ownership which includes maintenance and service procurement and energy usage costs. Systems with the lowest sticker price are not necessarily the most cost-effective in the long run.

Available Technologies

Reciprocating | Rotary | Centrifugal
Oil-Lubricated | Oil-Free | Oil-Less
Fixed Speed | Variable Speed
Single-Stage | Two-Stage | Multi-Stage

Pressure Selection

Low | Medium | High

Downstream Equipment & Accessories

Drains | Oil/Water Separators
Lubricant | Piping
Genuine OEM Parts & Lubricants

Air Treatment

Air Dryers | Filters

Tiered Technologies

Typical compressor technologies include reciprocating, rotary screw, rotary vane, centrifugal, high-speed centrifugal, scroll and a few others. One technology is not right for every application. As an example, at low HP ranges such as 10 HP and below, several technology choices will work, but one will usually outperform the others depending upon the specifics of the application, including needs and/or wants of the purchaser. If the air requirement is very intermittent, a reciprocating compressor is likely the best choice. As the application specifics change, the technology choice may change as well. The bottom line is when the technology choices are limited, compressors are pushed into the wrong applications and the end result is sub-optimal operating performance. Be sure you are considering all the appropriate technology choices for your application.

Compressor Ratings by Technology & Type

FEATURE
OR ISSUE
 RECIPROCATING  (SMALL) ROTARY SCREW ROTARY VANE
2-STAGE FIXED SPEED, 1-STAGE VARIABLE SPEED, 1-STAGE FIXED SPEED, 2-STAGE VARIABLE SPEED, 2-STAGE FIXED SPEED  VARIABLE  SPEED
Compressor Efficiency - Full Load 3 4 3 5 4 3 2
Compressor Efficiency - Part Load 3 3 4 3 5 2 3
Low Installation Cost 5 4 4 3 3 4 4
Low Noise Level 2 5 5 4 4 5 5
Low Maintenance Cost 5 4 4 3 3 4 4
Small Footprint 5 4 4 3 3 5 5

2nd table:
FEATURE
OR ISSUE
 RECIPROCATING   CENTRIFUGAL ROTARY SCREW ROTARY
SCROLL
OIL-LESS HIGH SPEED MOTOR GEAR DRIVEN WATER INJECTED, 1-STAGE DRY, 2-STAGE DRY,SMALL HORSEPOWER
Compressor Efficiency - Full Load 3 5 4 4 3 3
Compressor Efficiency - Part Load 3 3 2 4 3 3
Low Installation Cost 5 4 3 3 4 5
Low Noise Level 2 5 3 4 4 5
Low Maintenance Cost 5 5 3 4 3 4
Small Footprint 5 4 2 4 2 5

Beyond the Compressor: Downstream Products & Aftermarket Support

A healthy compressed air system requires much more than just an air compressor. Gardner Denver offers an extensive line of downstream equipment such as dryers, filters, chillers, piping and much more to complete your system.

Our dedicated distributor network provides OEM parts, service and support to keep your system running for years to come. Using parts that are specifically designed for your equipment and only allowing authorized, certified technicians to provide you service, will not only protect your equipment investment, but also result in more efficient, reliable operation.

Your Compressed Air System Expert and Extensive Distributor Network Provides Peace of Mind

Gardner Denver is a market-leading, global manufacturer of compressed air systems backed by an extensive authorized distribution network conveniently located, ready to serve our customers.

We offer comprehensive compressed air system solutions built with world-class manufacturing. Each of our industrial air compressors is researched, designed, and assembled by a world-class team. Our simple, but bold warranty programs demonstrate our belief in the quality found in Gardner Denver industrial air compressors.

Gardner Denver authorized distributors are factory-trained and certified to support your compressed air system. They offer 24-hour service and technical support to address your needs quickly and easily.

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