Moving beyond compressors to ‘smart’ air solutions

29 July 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201915344

Hydraulics & Pneumatics
Moving beyond compressors to ‘smart’ air solutions

ATLAS Copco Compressor Technique is focused on extending its capabilities beyond the supply of air compressors to the delivery of reliable, energy efficient end-to-end air solutions.

That’s according to Pieter Van Wyk, General Manager of the Compressor Technique business area, who said they aimed to do this through their global network and three divisions; Industrial Air, Oil-Free Air and Compressor Technique Service.

The three divisions deploy gas and vacuum compressor technology which is applied across a comprehensive range of small, medium and large oil-free and oil injected compressors and ancillaries including filters, dryers and piping.

Compressor Technique caters to a broad spectrum of industries including manufacturing, processing, packaging, marine, railway, oil & gas as well as the automotive and petrochemical sectors.

Van Wyk said Atlas Copco was the first company to be ISO 22000 compliant with its certified oil-free air compressors for the food & beverage market.

“With such an extensive product range, we are geared to cater to virtually every customer requirement, from a small operation or workshop to a highly sophisticated plant that requires compressed air 24/7. So irrespective of the size or number of compressors or the plant’s air demand, we have the most efficient and cost-effective solution to perfectly meet each individual application,” he said.

Oil-injected and oil-free air compressors up to 90kW, on-site nitrogen and oxygen generators, air treatment solutions and compressor controls form part of the Industrial Air division’s offerings. Further adding to the division’s product portfolio is the prominent GA oil-injected screw compressor range and NGP+ generators.

The Oil-free Air division’s product suite of 90kW and up includes a wide range of low-pressure blowers which include ZB and ZM centrifugal units, ZS rotary screw blowers and ZL lobe blowers. Rounding off the portfolio are the ZT 90-160 VSD/ZR 90-900 VSD+, the ZH 1000-3150 centrifugal compressor, and the GA 90+-315 VSD+.

Compressor Technique’s Service division (CTS) uses its service customised systems to support customers in planning, scheduling and after service administration. This includes Service Plans, spares and service offerings.

Compressor Technique also offers smart systems such as the Optimizer 4.0 and SmartLink. The central control and monitoring system, Optimizer 4.0, augments a compressed air system by efficiently combining air compressors and dryers whilst ensuring the supply of the required pressure or having balanced running hours to diminish service intervals. Machines are now able to monitor their health and self-diagnose their condition thanks to SmartLink, which automatically uploads data via a GSM connection to Atlas Copco servers in the cloud.

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