Piston Compressors vs. Screw Compressors

When choosing between a screw compressor and piston compressor it is important to find out how each of the compressors work first. Both technologies have main advantages and disadvantages that will help you find out which is the best solution suitable for you and your needs.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a screw compressor?

These are the main advantages and disadvantages of a screw compressor

Advantages
Disadvantages
Suitable for continuous (uninterrupted) operation Higher purchase costs                                                              
High efficiency around 96%  Higher service costs
Lower costs of compressed air production  

Various operating modes to set according to workload

(weekly operation, weekend operation)

 
Remote monitoring and control  
High reliability  
High service life  
Simple operation  
Small platform dimensions  
Low noise level  

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a piston compressor?

These are the main advantages and disadvantages of a piston compressor:

Advantages Disadvantages
Low purchase costs                                                                                  Only for applications with discontinuous (intermittent) supply of compressed air
Low service costs Compressed air pulses are generated during operation
Mobile Low efficiency approx. 65-70% 
Simple control High costs of compressed air production
  High noise level
  Low efficiency

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