Drive by any construction site and you will see numerous compressed air tools in use. Everything from jack hammers to staple guns. Turn on the TV to watch your favorite NASCAR race and you will hear the loud whizzing noise of an air gun as the pit crew member zips off the tires. Go to any mechanic shop and it is filled with impact wrenches, paint sprayers, grinders and a host of other tools that run on compressed air. These tools are used because they get the job done faster.
What you may not know is that compressed air is used in many industries that might surprise you. I know the first industry on my list might not surprise you; however there are some uses inside of this industry were compressed air use is unexpected.
You cannot build a modern day facility without depending on air to do a lot of the work packaging products and running the conveyor belts. The tools that fix these machines and transport heavy crates or products to different parts of the facility are often pneumatic. Surprisingly, compressed air is also used to facilitate chemical processes, cryogenics, dehydration, and refrigeration.
Screeching down a roller coaster is only fun if the brakes work. Yep, you got it–air brakes. Or imagine cruising down a lazy river in your tube and a blast of water shoots in your direction. The water is launched from an air canon. These are obvious uses of compressed air. However, did you know that compressed air is used to seed and fertilize golf courses, or clean the movie projector screen at your favorite theater, or used to make and shoot the artificial snow for ski resorts during uncooperative weather?
Compress is used in fertilizer machines and allows a farmer to fertilize hundreds of acres of crops in a day. The majority of equipment used on farms from dairy facilities to vegetable processing has a component that is powered by compressed air. Unless you caught or grown your food yourself, all the food served at your dinner table involves compressed air in packaging, transport, and/or processing.
A lot of the clothes you wear and the rug that cushions your feet at home was likely the result of a compressed air process. Compressed air is used to power the machines that sew, mix liquid dyes for coloring, jet weave, spin thread, and apply texture to clothing. Compressed air is an integral part of textile industry.
If you were to look closely you might be surprised at all the uses of compressed air and how it touches our lives in unexpected ways. Air Centers of Florida not only has trained technicians that can service and maintain your compressed air systems, but we have a full product line of compressed air tools, hoists, and air starters. Go to our sister site www.floridaairtools.com to find our more.
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