PDC High Pressure Nitrogen Compressor

Diaphragm compressor for compressing nitrogen for filling cylinders

What is Nitrogen?

Nitrogen is a colorless, odorless, and non-flammable gas that makes up approximately 78% of the Earth’s atmosphere. It is an essential element for life, often used in various industrial processes due to its unique properties. In its gaseous form, nitrogen is dry and inert, making it ideal for applications where oxygen or other reactive gases could lead to undesirable outcomes. The high demand for nitrogen in industries such as food packaging, electronics manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and more has led to the development of specialized equipment, such as nitrogen generators and nitrogen gas compressors, to generate, store, and deliver nitrogen at the required pressure levels.

Diaphragm compressor for filling cylinders with compressed nitrogen.
Two stage fully instrumented diaphragm compressor for compressing nitrogen.

What is a N2 Compressor? How Does a Nitrogen Gas Compressor Work?

A nitrogen gas compressor is a mechanical device designed to increase the pressure of nitrogen gas (from N2 generators) to a level suitable for various industrial applications. Nitrogen gas compressors are available in a range of types and configurations, catering to different pressure requirements and application needs.

PDC Machines’ nitrogen gas compressors (membrane compressor technology) are renowned for their reliability, efficiency, and precise control over the compression process. Advanced engineering and materials ensure that these compressors can handle the demanding requirements of various industrial applications, providing a continuous supply of high purification nitrogen gas.

By leveraging the latest technological advancements, PDC Machines’ high capacity nitrogen gas compressors guarantee smooth operation, minimal maintenance, and optimum performance, making them an essential asset in numerous industries worldwide.

Industrial Applications of PDC Machines’ Nitrogen Compressors

PDC Machines’ nitrogen compressors play a pivotal role in various industrial applications, providing a reliable and efficient source of nitrogen gas for diverse processes. As a leading manufacturer of nitrogen compressors, also known as N2 compressors, PDC Machines offers cutting-edge solutions that cater to the unique needs of different industries. Let’s explore the wide-ranging applications of PDC Machines’ nitrogen compressors and the benefits they offer to these sectors.

Food Packaging and Preservation

Nitrogen compressors are widely utilized in the food packaging industry to maintain product freshness and extend shelf life. By replacing oxygen with high-purity nitrogen, these compressors create an inert environment inside packaging, preventing spoilage, oxidation, and microbial growth, ensuring that consumers receive the freshest products possible.

Aerospace and Aviation

In the aerospace industry, nitrogen compressors play a crucial role in purging and pressurizing aircraft fuel tanks, hydraulic systems, and tires. The dry and inert properties of nitrogen make it ideal for various safety-critical applications in this sector.

Electronics Manufacturing

In the electronics industry, nitrogen compressors are essential for creating nitrogen-rich atmospheres during soldering and wave soldering processes. Nitrogen eliminates the risk of oxidation on sensitive electronic components, guaranteeing high-quality and reliable production.

Metal Fabrication and Heat Treatment

Nitrogen compressors are indispensable in metal fabrication for laser cutting and welding processes. These compressors produce a high-pressure nitrogen jet to blow away molten metal, reducing oxidation during cutting. Additionally, nitrogen is used for heat treatment processes, ensuring superior hardness and durability of metal components.

Pharmaceutical Production

Pharmaceutical manufacturers use nitrogen compressors to transfer and store sensitive pharmaceutical products and chemicals. The nitrogen’s inert nature ensures the integrity and stability of these substances throughout production and storage, adhering to strict industry regulations.

Glass Manufacturing

The glass industry relies on PDC Machines’ nitrogen compressors for cooling and shaping molten glass during production. By utilizing nitrogen’s cooling properties, these compressors prevent stress and cracks in the glass, guaranteeing the production of high-quality glass products.

Chemical and Petrochemical Industries

PDC Machines’ nitrogen compressors are vital in chemical and petrochemical applications for blanketing and purging processes. The compressors eliminate flammable vapors, ensuring safe and hazard-free working environments for operators.

Automotive Industry

In automotive manufacturing, PDC Machines’ nitrogen compressors are employed to inflate tires with high-purity nitrogen gas. Nitrogen-filled tires offer better pressure retention and enhanced safety on the road, making them an ideal choice for the automotive sector.

Oil and Gas Exploration

The oil and gas exploration industry benefits from PDC Machines’ high-pressure nitrogen compressors, which enhance oil recovery from wells. By injecting nitrogen into the reservoir, these compressors increase pressure, optimizing oil extraction.

Aerospace Testing and Research

Aerospace research facilities utilize high-pressure nitrogen compressors for testing and simulating various environmental conditions that spacecraft and satellites may encounter during their missions. The reliability and precision of these compressors aid in advancing aerospace technology.

Why a PDC Nitrogen Compressor?

Safety interlocks

PDC’s nitrogen compressors are completely instrumented for safe and automatic operation.

Fast Acting Leak Detection System: Included with every PDC nitrogen diaphragm compressor is a leak detection system. This system detects diaphragm or seal failures. Our leak detection system monitors the gas and hydraulic sides of the compressor and will sound an alarm and/or shut down the compressor when it detects an anomaly or failure.

Leak-free nitrogen compression: PDC’s compressors compress nitrogen in an ultra-pure state.  There is no contamination of the nitrogen gas during compression.

Unique Oil Distribution System

PDC nitrogen diaphragm compressors hydraulic systems are designed in such a way as to ensure uniform diaphragm deflection, prevent knocks, vibration, cavitation and yield smooth, and quiet compressor operation.

Fast Acting Leak Detection System

Included with every PDC nitrogen diaphragm compressor is a leak detection system. This system detects diaphragm or seal failures. Our leak detection system monitors the gas and hydraulic sides of the compressor and will sound an alarm and/or shut down the compressor when it detects an anomaly or failure.

Low Energy Costs

PDC’s nitrogen compressors use a heavy flywheel to provide energy. In addition, Duplex and two-stage nitrogen diaphragm compressors can be horizontally opposed to further reduce horsepower requirements and energy usage, resulting in ease of use and cost savings for the end user.

Leak-free nitrogen compression

PDC’s compressors compress nitrogen in an ultra-pure state.  There is no contamination of the nitrogen gas during compression.

International Standards Compliance

PDC’s nitrogen diaphragm compressors can be designed and certified to comply with US and global international codes and standards.

High Compression Ratio

Our nitrogen diaphragm compressors can achieve typical compression ratios up to 10:1 for certain models.

Successful Organization

PDC Machines owes much of its success to building long-term relationships, with proven performance and complete customer satisfaction. We value our clients and demonstrate this in the way we work with them. We have earned a reputation for delivering the highest quality product on time and at competitive pricing.

 Superior & Extended Diaphragm Compressor Life

All aspects of PDC’s nitrogen diaphragm compressors enhance component life, improve operability, and reduce and simplify maintenance.

Reliable Products

PDC Machines offers a broad selection of standard and custom-designed gas nitrogen diaphragm compressors with a comprehensive assortment of options.

PDC’s approach to engineering and manufacturing provides for cost effective product solutions that are high quality, high reliability and consistently perform under pressure.

Low Maintenance

PDC compressors typically only require routine oil changes.

Customer Support

PDC Machines provides outstanding customer support for all our clients. Our compressors are backed by a veteran team of sales engineers, project engineers, factory service technicians, and a global support network to ensure maximum uptime of our customer’s operations.

Automatic Unloading System

PDC’s nitrogen diaphragm compressors are automatically reprimed at start-up. Manual start-up requires an experienced compressor technician to reprime the nitrogen diaphragm compressor. Incorrect priming can cavitate the compressor and damage the heads, bolts, diaphragms, O-rings, process and hydraulic system. PDC’s nitrogen compressors avoid this potential issue with our cutting-edge repriming tech.

Spare Parts Availability

PDC Machines stock a full selection of consumable parts including diaphragms, O-rings, process check valves, hydraulic check & oil regulating valves, tubing components, and more.

Quiet Operation

Below 85 dBA at 1 meter without sound-proofing enclosure.

Please Send Us Your Requirements

PDC offers compressors for nitrogen and other gasses from basic to fully automated turnkey gas compression systems which include piping, instrumentation, and controls. Nitrogen compressor discharges pressures can go up to to 15,000 psig (1,000 barg), typical flow rates based on compression ratio to 320 scfm (500 Nm3/Hr), and horsepower consumptions to 200 Hp (150 kW).

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