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Industry Spotlight: Is Clean And Consistent Compressed Air Exclusive To The Healthcare Industry? What It Means To Be A High-Quality Machine.

Air compressors are used in many different industries, in a variety of ways. In the medical field, air compressors play a significant role in the health of patients and the cleanliness of facilities. To be labeled useful in the medical field, air compressors must submit to regulations and tests. Medical grade air compressors can also be used for many jobs outside of the medical industry. If you are purchasing an air compressor, it is important for you to understand how air compressors are deemed worthy of use in the medical field and what their codes of compliance mean.

Oil-less Air Compressors 

Medical air is used in basically every department in a hospital. Patients who need anesthesia, require a ventilator, and inhaled medications are amongst the most critical uses for compressed air in the hospital. Because we are often providing help and air to sick patients, it is very important that the air being used is completely particle-free. The most basic requirement for an air compressor in the medical industry is it must not use any oil. This requirement is the baseline for this piece of machinery to be considered for use in a hospital because it eliminates any chances of cross-contamination with oil. 

Purified Air

The NFPA 99 is a book that outlines the restrictions and standards that must be met in order for any piece of equipment to be deemed “medical grade”. Medical air compressors must comply with Table 1 of the NFPA 99 book. Table 1 identifies the concentration of purity required for medical gases. All odor, water, carbon monoxide, and gas must be monitored and non-transmittable to ill patients when using the equipment. In order to protect patients from gases and other outside contaminants, medical air compressors must use a medical-grade air filter that should be routinely changed. If optimal clean air is a priority to you when purchasing a medical air compressor, it is important that you test and maintain your compressors based on the equipment manufacturer’s recommendations. 

Air Pressure

According to NFPA 99 regulations, medical air produced by air compressors should have the ability to provide air pressure at 100 PSIG and should be able to lower down to 55 PSIG. This great range of pressure allow for applications ranging from minimal health risk applications to high health risk applications. If you want to prevent high air pressure in your medical air compressors you may and we recommend setting alarms to trigger when the following events occur: 

  • System pressure exceeds 39 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • Carbon monoxide level exceeds 10 PPM
  • Activation of a reserve pump
  • Motor overload 
  • Activation of a reserve transformer


Although purchasing high-quality air compressors may be expensive, it will be a great investment in the long run. As mentioned above, medical air compressors are not restricted to only medical use. They may also be used for applications such as car painting, food packaging, and much more. Medical air compressors are the most reliable source of clean and consistent compressed air. 3C recommends considering these high-quality machines if you are a user that is looking for immaculate reliability and precision.

At 3C Industrial, we value putting the needs of our customers before anything else. If you’re ready to purchase an air compressor or have any questions, please feel free to contact us today! 361-452-2749

3C is Honored to Employ U.S. Military Veterans

3C is a Veteran owned and operated company! We are honored to be a place of employment for other retired military men and women! Here we feature every one of them as a ‘Thank you for your service!’ Learn about each of these amazing veterans below!



Hello, my name is Chase Stokley!

Chase Stokley - Navy veteran, air compressor expert

From 2013-2017, I was in the United States Navy. I have lived in Corpus Christi, Texas my entire life. Shortly after graduating high school in 2013, I jump-started my life by going to boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois. During my career in the Navy, I became a certified AWR (Air Rescue Swimmer) and EM (Electrician’s Mates). Once I completed all training, I finished out my Naval career as a reservist in my hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Life after the Navy has been great! After retiring, I decided to expand my knowledge and career with more schooling outside of the Navy as an electrician. With the support of my beautiful girlfriend Kaylen, and my kids Elijah and Emilyn, I advanced through the ranks of my career very quickly. I was a controls engineer looking for a job locally when I found 3C Industrial. Once joining the 3C crew, I rapidly became devoted to the company. I’m proud to say that everyone here is not just a friend or a co-worker, but family. Working side by side with Doug has been amazing. Seeing how much he believes in this team encourages me to do my best and push my self.

My everyday goal is to build a loving and fulfilling life for Kaylen and my kids. As a father I always ask myself ‘What can I do better?’, and I plan to lead the rest of my life, in every aspect, with that question. – Chase Stokley



Hi, my name is Nicholas Seaburg!

I served in the United States Army from 2007 to 2014. I completed my basic training on Sand Hill in Ft. Benning, Georgia. From there, the first duty station I was selected to attend was Ft. Myer in Virginia, as a member of the 3rd US Infantry Division, The Old Guard. After my time serving with the oldest active Infantry Regiment was up, I was redirected to Ft. Lewis, Washington. While at Ft. Lewis I was deployed to Afghanistan. There I earned the Combat Action Badge for the many different operations I took part in during the Global War on Terror. Through it all, I primarily worked as a Heavy Vehicle Operator.

I experienced many high and a few lows during my enlistment, but I have to admit that my favorite part of those 7 years was meeting my wife Stephanie. Prior to working with 3C Industrial, I worked in the oilfields of Texas. The thing that really brought me to 3C was the change of pace and style of work we do. Although, one thing above the rest, is the brotherhood we all have. We all share the desire to see everyone succeed in their career and we all strive to bring the best solutions to businesses across Texas. These days I have better work/life balance and am lucky enough to spend my evenings with those I care for most in this world – my 2 amazing step-children, our grandchildren, our 3 dogs, our cat, and my beautiful wife. – Nicholas Seaburg



Hi, my name is Daniel Romero Jr!

I served in the US Army from 2008 – 2011. I began my journey by doing my basic training in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. From there I went on to complete Advanced Individual Training in Edgewood, Maryland. Eventually, I was station in Ft. Wainwright, Arkansas with the 25th ID, 3-21 Infantry Combat Repair Team. My deployment time was spent in Normandy, Iraq. I must admit that throughout my career in the military, all my favorite moments happened during training. I enjoy being pushed to my limit, feeling a part of something greater than myself, and building an unbreakable brotherhood through it all. I enjoyed learning to be a mechanic and working on heavy machinery.  I’m very proud of being a veteran. I served my country knowing in my heart I fought for freedom in other parts of the world.

During my time at 3C, I have enjoyed encountering a lot of situations I have not yet experienced and learning from them. As a mechanic turned air compressor technician, every day I’m learning something new. I really look forward to furthering my knowledge in my field and becoming the best tech I can be. Having the drive of my wife and son pushes me to handle each day with confidence and determination to overcome all obstacles in this industry and in life. Having my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with me helps me stay strong through the long and tough days. My faith inspires me to be a good person every day. I plan to give every person I come into contact with my very best and I enjoy helping others, that is including the team we have here at 3C and all our clients. – Daniel Romero Jr.

A COVID-19 Message From 3C

Hello Community,

3C has been closely monitoring the news and is saddened by the spread of the coronavirus throughout the world. We would first like to send our deepest condolences to all those affected by the virus. 

However, at 3C, we are in no state of panic. We are calm and ready to assist any client in need of our help because we understand that certain industries, such as the medical manufacturing industry, will continue to operate at full speed. We would like to assure you that you can always depend on 3C Industrial for any of your needs, 24/7. We are committed to doing our part for the communities and nation we so deeply love, always.

At 3C we are taking extra precautionary measures to ensure that we are prioritizing the health of our employees and customers. Our offices are being sanitized daily, all employees are supplied with hand sanitizer to carry with them, the staff is encouraged to stay home if they are feeling ill, and equipment is being sanitized in between jobs. You can always, but especially during this time of uncertainty, count on 3C to do what is best for our communities. That’s a 3C guarantee. We look forward and are honored to be a partner to those clients most in need.

Thank you for your support.

A Letter From 3C’s CEO

A Letter From 3C's CEO

Hello! My name is Doug Francis. I have been the President of 3C Industrial for nearly 8 years. I have dedicated my entire career to servicing others. My journey to serve others began in 2002 when I joined the United States Navy. While there, I took orders to serve onboard the HSV-2 Swift in Ingleside, TX and immediately fell in love with all Texas stands for. Upon completing my duty and serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, I decided to make Texas my home. I was hooked, from the economy to the people, to everyday life. I love Texas.  

With the mechanical and electrical training from the Navy, I was able to easily apply my knowledge to compressed air. I began 3C Industrial out of my garage in September of 2012.  For the 1 year, I committed to the wrench turning, bookkeeping, and sales for the company. I wore every hat in the business, but as I brought on more customers, I began building the 3C Team. A team that I was determined would exemplify some of my own personal principles of integrity, grit, compassion, and service to others.

My Business Model Has Always Been Very Simple.

We stick to a strict timeline of events in order to provide solutions for our customers. Meaning, from the time you call, my team has a deadline they need to achieve. Through every phase of your new purchase, preventive, or corrective maintenance, we keep to a strict guideline to ensure the job is completed quickly and correctly.  This model has allowed me to grow to 3 locations including Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Austin within my first 10 years of serving the great State of Texas. It is my purest ambition to be the most trusted name in the Texas Air Compressor Industry.

3C's Inspiration

My inspiration comes from the belief that independent business can outperform large corporations.  Anyone with the right motivation and work ethic can make a dent in the industry of their choosing. Doing business with local businesses and building trusting relationships with partners has been the highlight of my career. I can’t wait to see what the coming years have to bring. I look forward to continuing growth into new locations and building many new everlasting friendships with the amazing people of Texas. Thank you for trusting in me and my 3C team. We are honored to serve your community.