Reciprocating Compressor Setup


The generation of compressed air for industrial and commercial purposes in areas where compressed air is used as a source of energy requires what are known as compressed air generation plants. A central part of these systems is the compressor. It is responsible for generating a pressure increase of the air by means of mechanical energy. Compressed air generation plants are used to power machines in the mining industry, for pneumatic control systems in assembly facilities or as tire inflation units at petrol stations.

The single-stage piston compressor in TFM-501 and the drive unit TFM-1000 together form a complete compressed air generation system.

The drive unit TFM-1000 powers the compressor by means of a V-belt. The speed of the compressor is set on TFM-100. The air is sucked into the intake vessel, where it settles before it is compressed inside the compressor. The compressed air is then delivered to a pressure vessel and is available as a working medium. To set a steady flow operating mode, the compressed air can be discharged over a blow-off valve with a silencer. A pressure switch with a solenoid valve for limiting the pressure and a safety valve complete the system.

A measuring nozzle at the intake vessel is used to determine the suction volumetric flow rate. Sensors record the pressures and temperatures in front of and behind the compressor. The pressure is also displayed on manometers in the tanks. The measured values are read from digital displays and can be transmitted simultaneously via USB directly to a PC, where they can be analyzed using the software included. The speed and torque measurement are integrated in TFM-1000.


  1. Investigation of a driven machine for compressed air generation
  2. Single-stage piston compressor with one cylinder
  3. Drive and speed adjustment via TFM-1000
  4. Intake vessel with measuring nozzle for determination of the suction volumetric flow rate
  5. Intake vessel and pressure vessel, both with pressure sensor and additional manometer
  6. Safety valve and pressure switch with solenoid valve for limiting the pressure
  7. Blow-off valve with silencer for setting a steady flow operating mode
  8. Pressure and temperature sensors in front of and behind the compressor
  9. Digital display for air flow rate, temperatures, pressures, differential pressures and compressor speed
  10. ADF software for data acquisition via USB under Windows 8.1, 10

Technical Details

  1. Compressor, 2 cylinder, single-stage
  2. Power consumption: 750W
  3. Nominal speed: 980min-1
  4. Positive operating pressure: 8bar
  5. Max. pressure: 10bar
  6. Intake capacity: 150L/min at 8bar
  7. Borehole: 65mm
  8. Stroke: 46mm
  9. Safety valve: 10bar
  10. Pressure vessel: 16bar
  11. Volume: 20L
  12. Intake vessel: 20L

Measuring ranges:

  • Temperature: 1x 0…200°C / 1x 0…100°C
  • Pressure: 0…16bar / -1…1bar
  • Flow rate: 0…150L/min
  • Speed: 0…1000min-1
  • 230V, 50Hz, 1 phase / 230V, 60Hz, 1 phase / 120V, 60Hz, 1 phase UL/CSA optional

Dimensions and weight:

  • LxWxH: 900x800x1510mm
  • Weight: approx. 130kg

Required for operation:

  • PC with Windows recommended