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Air Compressor History

Air compressors are devices used to pressurize ambient room air which is then used to power other devices. Some of the earliest air compressors are still used today, bellows. Bellows are still a common item in households to stoke the flames in your natural fireplace. The earliest versions of bellows were made from animal lungs and date back to around 5,000 BC when man began smelting metal tools and weapons.

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Most early bellows were put into use to produce hotter/longer burning fires. The first instance of an air compressor used besides fire management shows up in 1762, as a “blowing cylinder” powered by a water wheel producing only 14 psi. A water-cooled version of this later appears in 1872.

By 1799, Englishman George Medhurst invented the first motorized air compression system that was used primarily in the mining industry. Medhurst’s engineering feats led to the first atmospheric railway, a compressed-air-powered rail system. In 1852, Isambard K. Brunel designed a pressurized caisson for workers in the Chepstow railway bridge project that prevented water and mud from entering the work space. Englishman Thomas Cochrane invented a compressed air rock drill in 1857 for use in tunneling.

Throughout the 1800s, advancements became essential to compressed air systems. In the industrial age, compressed air also became a means to transport energy. As the demand for specialization in compressed air use increased, which included the need for different pressures and the use of electric motors, the technology diverged.

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The divergence in engineering throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries provided the groundwork for the three most common types of modern compressor systems found in industry today. The reciprocating compressor uses a piston that draws air through an intake valve and then pushes the air out through an outlet valve. These devices are used for general industrial purposes, such as in blast furnaces. Rotary compressors consist of enclosed fans that take air in at the center of a bladed wheel, or impeller, and blow the air out through a shaft. These compressors are used primarily in cooling systems. Finally, jet compressors use either pressurized water or highly pressurized gas or vapor to force air outward from a cylinder called a diffuser. Jet compressors have no moving parts and can produce great force.

The divergence in engineering throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries provided the groundwork for the three most common types of modern compressor systems found in industry today. The reciprocating compressor uses a piston that draws air through an intake valve and then pushes the air out through an outlet valve. These devices are used for general industrial purposes, such as in blast furnaces. Rotary compressors consist of enclosed fans that take air in at the center of a bladed wheel, or impeller, and blow the air out through a shaft. These compressors are used primarily in cooling systems. Finally, jet compressors use either pressurized water or highly pressurized gas or vapor to force air outward from a cylinder called a diffuser. Jet compressors have no moving parts and can produce great force.

Whether applied directly or placed behind a movable object, compressed air can supply a powerful force that cannot be conveniently produced by other means. At Lee, we install, service and repair all makes and models of air compressors and air treatment systems. We provide 24/7 service as well as emergency rental compressors.

Learn more about our air compressor and mechanical capabilities here.

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Industrial Mechanical Services

Mechanical contractors are responsible for many of our modern amenities like regulated temperatures, clean breathing air, sanitary surroundings and effective drainage. These workers also save millions of dollars every year by ensuring the units which define our modern life and productivity function optimally.

For example, if an HVAC system isn’t installed or repaired properly their efficiency decreases. They begin to consume excess energy to maintain the given output which increases the demand for electricity.

At Lee Contracting our mechanical department is responsible for installing, troubleshooting and repairing HVAC systems, pipefitting systems and compressed air systems.

Our HVAC team is trained to handle every part of your project. From fabricating custom ductwork to installing a dust collection system, to performing routine and preventative maintenance, we can ensure your equipment is running to its full potential and that your shop remains fully functional.

pipefitting at leeOur pipefitting team specializes in the installation of all types of piping materials including carbon steel, stainless steel, CPVC, PVC, galvanized, copper, aluminum and ductile iron. Our key advantage is maintaining a fully stocked inventory of all piping and tubing materials to allow for quicker job turnaround and emergency service response.

 

Lee’s air compressor team can install, service and repair all makes and models of air compressors and air treatment systems. Testing and performing routine maintenance on your air compressor systems adds years to your equipment’s lifespan and can help to prevent future problems. We can perform services at your facility or at our shop. We provide 24/7 service as well as emergency rental compressors.

Call us today for a free quote on your next industrial project at (888) 833-8776 or request a quote online.

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Who are Mechanical Contractors?

According to the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, mechanical contracting companies are responsible for installation, alteration, and repair of plumbing, piping, heating, cooling and refrigeration systems in buildings and structures. A mechanical contractor is licensed and skilled to handle anything involving mechanical parts.

 

How Do They Contribute to the Economy?

 

Mechanical contractors are responsible for many of our modern amenities like regulated temperatures, clean breathing air, sanitary surroundings and effective drainage. These workers also save millions of dollars every year by ensuring the units which define our modern life and productivity function optimally.

 

For example, if an HVAC system isn’t installed or repaired properly their efficiency decreases. They begin to consume excess energy to maintain the given output which increases the demand for electricity.

Industrial HVAC

 

At Lee Contracting, our mechanical department is responsible for installing, troubleshooting and repairing HVAC systems, pipefitting systems and compressed air systems.

 

Our HVAC team is trained to handle every part of your project. From fabricating custom ductwork to installing a dust collection system, to performing routine and preventative maintenance, we can ensure your equipment is running to its full potential and that your shop remains fully functional.

 

industrial pipefitting

Our pipefitting teams specialize in the installation of all types of piping materials including: carbon steel, stainless steel, CPVC, PVC, galvanized, copper, aluminum and ductile iron. Our key advantage is maintaining a fully stocked inventory of all piping and tubing materials to allow for quicker job turnaround and emergency service response.

 

Lee’s air compressor team can install, service and repair all makes and models of air compressors and air treatment systems. Testing and performing routine maintenance on your air compressor systems will add years to your equipment’s lifespan and can help to prevent future problems. We can perform service at your facility or at our shop. We provide 24/7 service as well as emergency rental compressors.

 

Lee Contracting is a full-service industrial contractor. Our turn-key services are performed by our expert in-house staff on every project. We offer an extensive list of capabilities to ensure that you receive the solutions your project needs.

 

Check out our careers page to see and apply for open jobs within our mechanical department.

 

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