Portable equipment is very handy and has helped many a worker take care of multiple projects without requiring a lot of equipment to be moved around. Yet sometimes you need to have an air pump installed in one spot. Given how well portable units work now, it may seem unnecessary to have an installed pump. Yet it's not just about power. It can be, but there is more to using an air pump than whether you can carry it around or not.
The Big One
Portable pumps and compressors are powerful, but sometimes you need to have a very big air pump or one that you use with one piece of equipment only. In those cases, a permanent installation is necessary. You can't drag a large pump around with you, and you can't waste time bringing a portable pump over to that equipment several times a day. It might seem like you're saving money by not having the pump installed and using a portable one instead. That will get old very fast for your workers.
Pumps will emit vibrations just like most machinery. In order to prevent vibrations from causing repetitive stress injuries in workers who would have to hold the pump, permanent installation would be better as it would move that source of vibration off a person's body and onto the shop floor. When installed, you can add vibration-control features to prevent the vibrations from traveling through the floor to other equipment.
Work on vehicles, be they passenger cars or company semi-trucks, often requires the use of an air compressor. If the pump you want to use is a compressor for vehicle work, that is going to be a permanent installation. Those types of compressors are not meant to be moved around.
Perhaps you're in a factory where several people need to use the air pump. It is possible that you could use a portable pump for your work and pass the pump to different people instead of having everyone walk up to a stationary pump. If the machinery others need to connect to the pump is portable, however, you may want to stick with an installed pump just because that way, everyone knows where it is. There's no guessing or searching for who has the pump now. And you won't have to deal with having everyone use a sign-out sheet for the pump.
Air pump installation is relatively fast and should include vibration-control equipment. Ask installers what they can do to get the pump into working shape as quickly as possible.
For more information air pump installation, contact a company like Compressed Air Systems.