In many places on earth diving has a long history. As early as in stone age apnea divers brought clams, sponges or crustaceans to the water surface for culinary use. Today only a few people still indulge in this earliest and most pristine form of diving, as a recreational activity or as an extreme sport. The reason is one great invention: scuba diving with a breathing-air cylinder!
Compressors make things much easier
Today also divers, who do not have the rare ability to hold their breath for several minutes, have access to the depths of the sea.
IDE offer a wide selection of powerful compressors to fulfill all demands. Over the years recreational scuba diving has found more and more fans, therefore compressors must also become increasingly versatile.
First we must distinguish between compact, lightweight, portable compressors and stationary compressors. While the portable models are more or less made for amateur divers, the stationary compressors are usually found in professional usage at diving resorts, scuba schools and dive shops. A stationary compressor cannot be transported simply in a case, after all. Speaking about transport: even with a portable compressor this means a weight of at least 27 kgs (60 lbs.). To-be recreational divers must be aware of this. People who are still just having a try at scuba diving should rely on the stationary compressors at dive resorts or rent a portable compressor from IDE.
From the compressor into the cylinder
So what is a compressor’s task? With air delivery rates between 30 and 1000 liters (1-35 cu.ft.) per minute they can fill scuba cylinders and respiratory equipment with pressures between 200 and 420 bars (2900-6100 psi). For example: a powerful 1000 l compressor can fill 10 cylinders with a volume of 12 liters to a pressure of 200 bars in astounding 25 minutes. Recreational scuba diving in today’s form only became possible thanks to such compressors. For industrial applications IDE offers compressors that deliver up to 520 bars (7550 psi).
• But the enormous FAD is by far not the only quality feature of IDE compressors, which become increasingly popular internationally. IDE recognized the signs of the times and built compressor systems that in terms of energy savings (measured against their output) yield considerable benefit for the operator.
• All compressors can be equipped with an independent, electronic air-quality monitoring system – this is breathing-air, after all.
• Since more and more scuba divers use mixed gases like nitrox, such systems become indispensable. In this sector IDE has been defining the state of the art for years.
• In 2007 we filed the patent application for the first Airsave system, since then we kept developing and improving it.
• Noise reduction is another issue IDE has been working on for a long time. Today our quietest system produces merely 65 dB(A) – a very positive factor in dive shops and schools.
Modern Technology for a long Tradition
In some sectors one single innovation can drag a complete profession into the abyss. Self-scanning checkouts in markets cause dismissals of cashiers, robots on assembly lines replace thousands of workers. In contrast, compressors helped scuba diving gain an unprecedented popularity. In the meantime, many sports developed from there: scuba diving, tec diving, saturation diving, cave diving, wreck diving or underwater orienteering. Though many underwater enthusiasts enjoy old techniques like helmet diving, which was state of the art between 1900 and 1950, or apnea diving – a world without scuba diving is hardly imaginable today. All of that thanks to the invention of the compressor.