Although it is perhaps not one of the better known ‘tools of the trade’, it may come as a surprise to many people, how wide the use of the industrial air compressor is in a wide variety of industries.From the health sector to mining, industrial air compressors are playing an increasingly important role in industry. Whilst this may surprise some, there are a good many reasons why this is the case.Compressed air is easy to store and is usually contained in large tanks, taking up little room in a factory or yard. Compressed air can be especially useful, and important, in an environment that is potentially hazardous; a good example of this is in the mining industry, where the use of electrical machinery could ignite explosive gases, causing injury or even loss of life. As they expel only pure compressed air, there are no toxic fumes or other chemicals to be concerned about either, which is one of the more obvious appeals to the health sector.Before buying an industrial air compressor, it is important to consider your actual needs, as buying too large a compressor can be an expensive move. There are a wide variety of sizes to choose from so you should select the one most appropriate to your industry, bearing in mind the amount of usage it will get.We have covered a few examples above, of industries in which compressed air may be used, but in general terms only. Below are a few examples of actual uses of compressed air which will help to emphasise the important role it has to play in many different types of industry.ConstructionCompressed air is used for many on site demolition tools and also for compacting concrete. It is also often used to convey bricks and stones from factories.MiningIndustrial air compressors are used to power drilling machinery such as industrial sized hammers and chisels. It is also used in the mining ventilation system, an obviously important aspect of the industry.AgricultureCompressed air is often used to transport food and grain to the silos, in which it is stored, and also provides ventilation in industrial glasshouses.Health IndustryMany of us will be familiar with the sound of the dentist’s drill; a good example of its use in the dentistry trade. It is also used in hospitals for the extraction of anaesthetic gases and also respiration systems.Traffic IndustryMost of us will probably be aware of the role that compressed air plays in heavy goods vehicle brakes, but it is also widely used in signal systems and rail barriers too.