The Pros and Cons of Oil-Free Air Compressors

April 9, 2024
It is important to understand the benefits of using oil-free air compressors, as well as their drawbacks to ensure the right option is selected for a given application.

Oil-free air compressors are those which do not utilize oil for lubrication of components within the compressor. Instead, the system is designed in such a way that there is no mechanical contact between components. Water or special coatings can also be used for lubrication.

Air compressors which do not use oil for lubrication can offer many benefits over oil-lubricated versions, such as the elimination of oil leaks and reduced maintenance. However, there are also some drawbacks associated with oil-free air compressors such as higher upfront costs.

In this interview with Robert Horneman, Product Manager at ELGi Industrial – a developer of air compressors – he outlines how oil-free air compressors differ from their oil-lubricated counterparts and the various factors which need to be taken into account when selecting a compressor.

READ MORE: Ensure Pneumatic Compressors Reliability with Proper Lubrication

Air compressors are an important part of pneumatic systems used in a variety of industries, and choosing the right one is necessary to not only ensure system performance but also the productivity and safety of an operation. Horneman said it is important to weigh the pros and cons of each air compressor type to determine what is the best fit for a given application.

READ "The Differences Between Oil-Free and Oil-Lubricated Air Compressors" to learn more about oil-free and oil-lubricated air compressors as well as the applications for which each is best suited.

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