Reciprocating Piston Air Compressor

The reciprocating piston air compressor is available in a one-stage and two-stage design with the main difference being a second compression in a two-stage to compress the air to a higher psi. This type of compressor is common in garages, shops, and for portable needs like a truck-mount compressor.

The process of compressing air is similar to the operation of an internal combustion engine and is powered with electricity. Air compressor parts are also similar to a small gas engine. They consist of a piston, connecting rod, crankshaft, cylinder, and valve head.

The air is compressed in the following manner:


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