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Benefits: Ease of Use

Compressed air is versatile and adaptable; it easily flows through pipes and valves, quickly filling a space. It can be compressed to higher pressures, stored as energy, and used to perform many types of work processes. Compressed air is considered a power source like gas, electricity and water, and is often referred to as the fourth utility.

Unlike the other utilities, compressed air is generated on-site, giving users much more control over usage and air quality.

Some examples of compressed air's versatility and its ease of use are as follows:

  • Compressed air can be easily stored for its intended purpose, using storage tanks located in places where no other power is available or practical
  • Compressed air can be used where other energy sources cannot be used due to explosion hazard or fire risk
  • Equipment operated by compressed air can function at extreme temperatures
  • Compressed air can have a high degree of cleanliness, where quality, hygiene and safety are essential
  • Compressed air can be stored in bottles and used where no pipe system exists
  • As a power source, compressed air does not interfere with electrical monitoring equipment
  • Air tools are often much lighter than the equivalent electrical models, making them easier for an operator to handle.
  • Air tools are ideal for challenging applications such as in steel mills and foundries where the conditions are almost destructible; however, with periodic maintenance the tools can continue to run at their peak efficiency.