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What is the difference between CFM and SCFM?

Asked by Lynn , Last updated: Dec 02, 2020

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S. Sergius

S. Sergius

S. Sergius
S. Sergius

Answered Dec 02, 2020

Air compressors are important to those that work in locations like garages, construction sites, and workshops. An air compressor helps power multiple pneumatic tools at once. CFM and SCFM are two features of an air compressor. CFM stands for cubic feet per minute. It is the amount of air volume that the compressor can have at once.

Most compressors require a CFM that is 5. SCFM stands for standard cubic feet per minute. This is used to measure the temperature, pressure, and humidity of the compressor. It is important for a user to know the rates their tools require so that they can choose the correct air compressor.

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C. Marcus

C. Marcus

C. Marcus
C. Marcus, Content Developer, Washington

Answered Jul 07, 2020

If you are confused with what these two items are, you should know that CFM and SCFM are known to be air compressors. SCFM is normally measured under controlled environments. The SCFM will also measure pressure, relative humidity, and temperature.

The things that will be measured by the CFM are different. This would measure the volume rate of the flow system. This can help gain more details about temperature and pressure. If you would check the rating of the CFM and the SCFM, you will notice that the CFM will always have a lower rating as compared to the SCFM.

To choose the right air compressor, make sure that you will know what you would need to use it for. This will make a lot of difference to your decision.

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