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What’s an Air Compressor?






An air compressor is a mechanical device that converts power, typically from an electric motor or a gasoline engine, into potential energy stored in pressurized air. It does so by compressing air and increasing its pressure, resulting in a higher density of air molecules within a confined space. This pressurized air can then be used for a variety of purposes across different industries and applications.

Air compressors come in various sizes and designs, ranging from small portable units suitable for household use or light-duty tasks to large industrial units capable of providing high volumes of compressed air for heavy-duty applications. They can be categorized based on their operation principles, including reciprocating (piston-driven), rotary screw, and centrifugal compressors, each offering different efficiency levels and output capacities.

Airtek Compressors have been used & trusted by customers all over the world for the past 50 years. We are the reference when a customer needs a compressor built to their needs.


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What’s our manufacturing process?




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Airtek Compressors have been manufactured here in Montreal, Quebec since 1970. To this day, we still believe that local authenticity and local people have been and will continue to be key to building great air compressors.

Over the years, we have evolved our design to meet our customers growing needs. We are recognize for listening to the customers needs and designing Air Compressors that will suit their application.

Here’s general overview of the manufacturing process for a piston-driven Air Compressor:

Design and Planning: Highly skilled mechanics will design the air compressor based on specific requirements and intended applications by the customer. This involves selecting appropriate components, materials, and dimensions for various parts. This is where Airtek will differs from other large-scale manufacturer where we’ll have a consultation with the customer to understand their needs.

Assembly of Components: The various parts, including Pump, Motor, Tank, Valves, Pressure switches and others are assembled according to the design specifications. Precision is crucial to ensure smooth operation and efficient compression.

Lubrication System: Reciprocating air compressors require a lubrication system to reduce friction and wear between moving parts. This may involve adding oil reservoirs, pumps, filters, and oil distribution channels.

Cooling System: Some air compressors have built-in cooling systems, such as fins or fans, to dissipate heat generated during compression. This helps maintain optimal operating temperatures and prevents overheating.

Quality Control and Testing: Assembled compressors undergo rigorous quality control checks and functional testing. This ensures that they meet safety standards, performance specifications, and reliability requirements.

Finishing and Packaging: The compressor will undergo surface finishing processes such as painting, coating, or polishing to enhance aesthetics and protect against corrosion. Once approved, the compressor is packaged and ready for delivery.

Why would you need a compressor?

Pneumatic Tools

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Many tools, such as impact wrenches, nail guns and spray guns require compressed air to function effectively. The compressed air provides the necessary force and energy to drive these tools. These type of tools are often used in environments where it would be unsafe to use an electric tool like in the oil & gas industry & mining industry

Industrial Processes

Industrial Processes

Air compressors play a crucial role in various industrial processes, including manufacturing, assembly, and production lines. They can be used for tasks like operating machinery, controlling valves and actuators, and powering conveyor systems.

Construction & Demolition

Construction & Demolition

Air compressors are used in construction and demolition projects to power jackhammers, concrete breakers, and other heavy-duty tools.

Automotive Maintenance

Automotive Maintenance

Compressed air is used in automotive repair shops for tasks like inflating tires, cleaning debris from vehicle parts, and operating pneumatic lifts.

Medical & Dental Equipment

Medical & Dental Equipment

Air compressors are used in medical and dental settings for tasks such as powering dental drills, airbrushing in cosmetic procedures, and delivering compressed air to breathing equipment.

Painting & Surface Finishing

Painting & Surface Finishing

Compressed air is commonly used in spray painting and surface finishing applications, where a fine mist of paint or coating is evenly applied to a surface

Safety Systems

Safety Systems

Compressed Air has several applications for safety systems such as fire-suppression for buildings

Is Maintenance necessary for an air compressor?

Yes, regular maintenance is necessary for an air compressor to ensure its proper functioning, longevity, and safety. Neglecting maintenance can lead to decreased efficiency, increased energy consumption, and even potential safety hazards. Here are some key maintenance tasks for an air compressor:

Regular Inspection: Check for any leaks, cracks, or signs of wear on hoses, fittings, and components. Look for oil or water accumulation and address any issues promptly.

Oil Changes: Air compressors are oil-lubricated and oil needs to be changed every 6 months depending on the usage. Clean oil helps reduce friction and extends the life of internal components.

Air Filter Replacement: Clean or replace the air filter to prevent debris from entering the compressor and ensure proper air intake. Airtek has most filters in stock and can ship to you same-day.

Drain Condensate: Regularly drain accumulated moisture and condensate from the air tank to prevent corrosion and maintain air quality. We recommend Electronic Drains to insure a constant draining of any water. Contact us about electronic drains.

Belt and Pulley Inspection: Check the condition of belts and pulleys, and ensure proper tension. Replace worn-out belts to prevent slippage and maintain efficient operation. We carry all belts in our Montreal warehouse.

Cooling System Maintenance: If your compressor has a cooling system, clean the cooling fins and ensure proper airflow to prevent overheating.

Valve Maintenance: Inspect and test safety valves and pressure relief valves to ensure they're fuctioning correctly.

Tighten Fittings: Periodically check and tighten any loose fittings, bolts, and connections to prevent air leaks.

Pressure Regulation: Regularly check and adjust the pressure settings to match your application's requirements.

Documentation: Keep a maintenance log to track performed tasks, dates, and any issues identified. This helps with scheduling future maintenance and diagnosing recurring problems.

Clean Surroundings: Keep the compressor area clean and free from debris, dust, and obstructions that could hinder airflow or ventilation.

Safety Precautions: Always follow safety guidelines and disconnect power before performing maintenance tasks. Properly handle fluids and follow proper disposal procedures.

Above everything, schedule quarterly maintenance with experienced air compressors professionals. Air Compressors are complex machines who needs trained technicians to perform in-depth inspections, address complex issues, and optimize the compressor's performance. We offer maintenance programs on all Airtek air products.





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