Many of our light industrial customers pick ABAC Pro Frequent Use or ABAC Pro Intermittent Use electric compressors or piston compressors. If you don’t have access to the right electric supply, our EngineAir (petrol and diesel compressors make a popular alternative.

Intermittent use compressors

These include the A29B and A39B which give you a good supply of air for 1-2 users. You can easily operate staple guns, nailing guns, pin nailers, drills, screwdrivers and sanders with these systems. You can choose “LN” (Low Noise) and tandem versions for extra power. If you aren’t sure what size of receiver you need or whether the 2HP motor is best for you, just ask us! Our team is just a phone call away on 01869 326 226.

Explore the ABAC Intermittent Pro Use range for Light Industrial environments

Frequent use industrial air compressors

If you have more users or you run your compressors for long periods of time, we often recommend the B4900 and B5900 ranges in ABAC Pro Frequent Use. You can pick low noise, tandem options. There are also models with integrated refrigerant dryers (with “FFO” in the name). These systems need 3-phase electricity.

Diesel and petrol air compressors are a good option if you haven’t got access to the right electricity supply. The ABAC EngineAir compressor range features oil lubricated, belt driven compressors. If you need to move your compressor around, we have EngineAir mobile units. You can also pick an EngineAir to mount on a vehicle.

If you aren’t sure which system to choose, ask our expert team for advice. You can call them on 01869 326 226.

Explore the ABAC Pro Frequent Use range

If you need an air compressor for large scale manufacturing, ABAC has excellent equipment for a wide range of situations. Just ask our LiveChat team or call them on 01869 326 226 to ask about industrial compressors and they will direct you to the right department. 

Uses for Compressed Air

  1. Operating air tools on production lines
  2. Spraying
  3. Powering CNC Machine tools
  4. Cutting and welding equipment
  5. Spray coating
  6. Pneumatic cylinder supply
  7. Riveters
  8. Shot / bead blast
  9. Operating packaging machinery
  10. Joinery/ Furniture manufacturing: controls and cylinders, air tools, clamping, spraying
  11. Plastics injection moulding
  12. Ejecting pieces from production moulds
  13. Increasing production efficiency with air cylinders that power positioners, clamps, air chucks, and air knives


 “OK, so what’s a Variable Speed Compressor?”

These are rotary screw compressors which incorporate variable speed drives for greater control over airflow and pressure. They can achieve similar output to rotary screw compressors but due to greater efficiency and control they invariably offer huge energy savings to facilities where the air consumption is variable such as machine shops and factories. As ABAC we offer each product mentioned so whatever the application, rest assured we have a solution!

“OK – what do I need to know about air cleanliness?”

Clean air is important for all compressed air uses but the standard varies depending on the application. For example you will need extremely clean air for paint spraying, or driving pneumatic cylinders on CNC machine tools but the standard is lower for air to blow down a machine tool at the end of a shift.

Struggling with the lingo?

Don’t worry, we have an expert Live Chat team and an authorised network of ABAC distributors. Our distributors are only too willing to help you with the specification, supply and installation of your compressed air system.

Fortunately there is an ISO Standard with recommendations to help us identify the minimum components you’ll require in your system to get the result you want for your ‘point of use’ compressed air

Air Treatment selection based on level of filtration and type of air dryer to meet or exceed the relevant ISO air quality standard as follows:

Typical installations – what goes where?

Air treatment should always be chosen to meet the lowest acceptable standard for the application – over-treating the compressed air adds additional capital purchase costs, running costs and ongoing service costs. It may be that you have a requirement for air at very high purity levels however if you are a small air consumer it may be more cost effective for you to treat this with a point of use dryer / filtration solution.

Condensate management

Any condensate discharged from your compressed air system will contain traces of oil – the UK Water Resources Act 1991 states that it is an offence to knowingly permit entry of toxic waste to surface or ground water drains. It is an offence with a fine of £20,000 or more in a crown court.

To ensure your compliance we have our range of oil water separators designed to remove the oil from the condensate and reduce it below the acceptable levels for discharge to a foul sewer. As limits vary across the country by local authority you should always check that any system is designed to meet your local limits. A consent to discharge is always required in conjunction with an ongoing maintenance plan and testing regime to ensure full compliance.