About air compressors

Air compressors differ in underlying technologies upon which they are designed and built. For example, we have Displacement Compressors (Piston Compressors, Diaphragm Compressors, Twin Screw Compressors, Tooth Compressors, Scroll Compressors, Vane Compressors, and Roots Blowers). Then we have Dynamic Compressors, which include Centrifugal Compressors and Axial Compressors. And then there are other types of compressors such as Vacuum Pumps, Booster Compressors, and Pressure Intensifiers.

Some types of compressors can be oil-free. For example, we have Oil-Free Piston Compressors and Oil-free Screw Compressors. You can learn all about compressor technologies here.

Majority of our customers, when looking for a compressor, choose between the following three broad types:

Characteristics Suitable for
Piston
  • Relatively cheap
  • Easy maintenance
  • Suitable for high pressure
  • Noisy
  • High outlet temperature of compressed air
  • High oil content in air piping
Most general applications where high noise can be tolerated and oil contamination is not a problem
Rotary Screw
  • Low noise
  • Can supply a large amount of compressed air
  • Good energy-efficiency compared to piston-type compressors
  • Relatively low end temperature of compressed air
  • More expensive then Piston type
  • More complex - good maintenance very important
These are the work-horses of the compressors. Suitable for applications where high availability (24/7) is important.
Oil-free
  • Could be either Piston or Rotary Screw types
  • Can deliver 100% oil free compressed air
  • More complex and more expensive than non-oil-free counterpart
  • Somewhat noiser than non-oil-free counterparts
Used in applications where no oil contamination is allowed. Such as:

  • Food processing
  • Pharmaceuticals and medical
  • Scientific
  • Hi-tech manufacturing

We supply a broad range of compressors manufactured by
Atlas Copco and other leading vendors

Call us on (02) 6280 6822 to help you choose the right compressor that suits your requirements.

Established in 1977, Air Plant Sales Pty Ltd (APS) is a Canberra based company that specialises in air compressors and related engineering. We are located in Fyshwick, ACT. We sell and rent out, install, maintain, and service all kinds of pneumatic and vacuum equipment manufactured by all major vendors. As we evolved, servicing the ACT (Canberra) and surrounding regions of NSW for nearly fourty years, we never lost sight of the purpose of our existence - which is to provide pneumatic and vacuum equipment to those who need it and to help them ensure it runs properly at all times, when and where they need it. We sell, install, and service: air compressors, air driers, air filters, vacuum pumps, nitrogen generators.