In addition to being used for functions like vehicle maintenance, industrial fleets require a constant supply of compressed air to perform essential tasks and functions.
An air compressor stores the potential energy of pressurized air so that it can be used as a power source when needed. This form of energy is highly portable, making it ideal when other power sources, such as electricity, are unavailable or impractical. Below are several examples of applications in the automotive industry that rely on compressed air.
VEHICLES AND CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT
Transportation/trailering, earthmoving, drilling, tunneling, or material handling.
These vehicles rely on compressed air to provide the necessary power for their operations. Pneumatic asphalt compactors, jackhammers, cranes, and excavators are examples of construction vehicles that use compressed air.
Concrete, water, fire protection, and spray insulation pumps, as well as sandblasting equipment, are essential construction tools powered by compressed air. Additionally, mobile equipment that moves materials on-site is supported by a compressed air system.
Public transportation systems are responsible for guiding travelers quickly and safely through the city. Pneumatic brakes are considered one of the most critical components of a public transportation system's safety.
Compressed air brake systems are used to provide braking power to vehicles that are too large to be operated by hydraulic brake systems (e.g., buses). The typical air brake system consists of an engine-driven air compressor and a storage tank for compressed air. Outside of public transportation, air brakes are also used to stop trucks, trailers, and semitrailers.
Emergency vehicle fleets also rely on air compressors daily. Fire trucks, for example, depend on compressed air for their Compressed Air Foam Systems (CAFS). A rotary air compressor is used to deliver the energy needed to propel the foam solution to required areas. Compressed air can also be used, along with water, to help generate foam.
Compressed air can also be found in most ambulances. Ambulances are often equipped with oxygen generators (also known as oxygen concentrators), which rely on air compressors to compress the surrounding air and deliver it to the patient in a controlled manner.