A duty cycle refers to how frequently an air compressor can be run over a certain period of time. For example, if an air compressor has a 100% duty cycle, that means it can run continuously without needing to rest and cool down.
Most standard compressors have a duty cycle between 50-100%. This means they should be turned off after running for 50-100% of the time, allowing the motor to cool back down before being used again.
Imagine you are blowing up a balloon. You breathe in to fill up your lungs and breathe out, pushing air into the balloon. That's a 100% cycle of air coming in and going out .
The capacity of your lungs and the speed in which you breathe is what we consider Air Delivery (FAD), normally shown in L/min. The strength needed to blow up the balloon, we call Pressure, usually shown in Bar. The smaller the balloon, the less air or FAD required. The harder it is t blow it up, the more pressure or Bar it requires.
It’s fairly simple to calculate your compressor’s duty cycle based on its Air Delivery (FAD) rating and Pressure rating—the two numbers found on the product label (usually given in L/min and Bar).
To calculate these numbers, divide FAD by Pressure. The number you get will give you an indication of how many minutes your compressor can run until it needs to rest for cooling purposes.
This number will indicate your compressor’s duty cycle percentage; so if your result is 8 minutes, that would equate to an 80% duty cycle rate (8 minutes run time divided by 10 minutes total = 80%).
Abac Tech S1 compressor range has been designed specifically with 100% duty cycles in mind, allowing users to operate their machine at high temperatures without needing breaks between use.
The number of times an air compressor cycles in one minute can significantly impact the efficiency and performance of your air compression system. If your compressor is cycling more often than the recommended duty cycle, it may be time to make some changes to ensure that your machine isn’t wearing out faster than necessary.
There are two common ways to increase the amount of time between compressor cycles while still delivering more air without becoming inefficient or wearing out fast. The first option is to increase the size of your tank, which gives you a larger reserve of pressurized air. While this can be effective, it also takes up more space and may result in having an oversized compressor for your needs.
The second option is to widen the pressure band which will lead to a longer duty cycle. However, widening the pressure band requires more energy input and there is always a risk that your compressor could break down if pushed too far. It’s important to do research and consult with professionals before making any major changes to your machine.
Many people assume that the closer you get to a 100% duty cycle, the better. This assumption is especially true for manufacturing operations, where 0% downtime is often the goal in order to increase efficiency and income.
However, continuous-duty air compressors are also becoming increasingly relevant for many other applications such as Pro Users and mobile applications that require more advanced machines than those used for intermittent tasks. So how do you know when to choose an air compressor with continuous duty cycles?
Continuous duty cycles provide constant power to machinery and tools without experiencing downtime, which can help reduce costs and optimize efficiency.
Some of the most common uses of air compressors with continuous duty cycles include powering pneumatic tools in automotive repair shops, providing backup power in case of power outages, powering industrial processes such as painting or welding, and supplying energy to industrial lasers.
When choosing an air compressor with continuous duty cycles, it’s important to consider the size of your tools and the environment where they will be used. You should also consider factors such as noise level, maintenance requirements, and safety protocols.
Additionally, make sure that your chosen air compressor has a reliable warranty program and good customer service before making a purchase like ABAC provides.
All in all, duty cycles are an essential concept that helps users understand the optimal use of their air compressor. Duty cycles helps to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the machine.
For Pro Users and Industrial processes, investing in a 100% duty cycle compressor like one from the ABAC Tech S1 range makes a lot of sense. The impressive power output and cost-effective design make this range an ideal choice for those who operate demanding air compression tasks daily.
If you’re looking for more information on how to calculate your air compressor’s duty cycle or optimise it’s usage, our ABAC Tech experts can provide tailored advice suited to your individual needs.
Or if you’re interested in finding out more about the ABAC Tech S1 range, why not speak to one of our friendly team today?