Issue: Feb 2013


Atlas Copco takes top technology to ComVac, Hannover Messe 2013



by James Hilton

At ComVac, Hannover Messe, April 8-12, 2013, under the motto “Masters of Air”, Atlas Copco presents the latest innovations in compressor technology, industrial gas solutions, vacuum pumps, air treatment equipment and service. Visitors to booth B40 in Hall 26 will be able to walk through complete installations, including compressors, air treatment and industrial gas generators, and see how an installation could look on their factory floor. The company, which celebrates its 140th anniversary this year, will present a number of new developments, several of which will have their world premiere at ComVac.

This year’s highlight: a new benchmark in compressor technology
Visitors can expect the world premiere of a new type of variable speed drive compressor, below 30 kW, that will offer breakthrough improvements in energy efficiency, footprint and performance. It will be suitable for all customer segments and applications. Koen Lauwers, Vice-President Marketing from the Industrial Air Division comments: “In 1994, Atlas Copco pioneered the Variable Speed Drive and now we will launch an innovation that will once again set the benchmark in the compressor industry. This new compressor has been developed exclusively in-house and combines all our expertise and know-how in the field of compressor technology”.

Also for the first time on stage, more products for better performance and higher energy efficiency:

A new range of GA oil-injected screw compressors
Compressors in the new GA generation offer higher efficiency, more uptime and availability, ease of service, and smart control and monitoring: What’s more, they also offer up to 10% improved performance.

New small blower extends the ZS screw blower range
The ZS series is known to provide on average 30% more energy savings than conventional lobe blowers in a wide range of low pressure applications. These include, for instance, aeration as part of the waste water treatment process. They are available with built-in variable speed control (VSD) and are 100% certified Class 0 (ISO8573-1).

The extension of the ZE VSD compressor line
ZE VSD low pressure compressors offer a variable air flow with minimum energy costs. Delivered ready-for use, they come as all-in-one-packages including a powerful controller, aftercooler and integrated Variable Speed Drive (VSD). The compact design eliminates the need for extras and reduces installation to an absolute minimum.

Moving into a new technology with ZM oil-free multistage centrifugal blowers
These blowers (pressure and vacuum) offer increased reliability and efficiency and can be used in a variety of low pressure air and gas applications.

Built-in intelligence for oil-free centrifugal compressors
Compressors in the latest ZH 350+ generation can be connected to central controllers in order to optimize their utilization. Each compressor comes as a plug-and-run package, including internal piping, integrated coolers, motor, control system and 100% matched components.

One-stop-shop for compressed air, vacuum and industrial gases
Atlas Copco will demonstrate the one-stop-shop for complete installations, including vacuum pumps. With a range of oil-sealed vane and oil-sealed rotary screw pumps, Atlas Copco equips factories with complete, reliable, efficient systems for higher productivity. In addition to compressed air equipment and vacuum pumps, visitors can view a full range of nitrogen and oxygen generators. For the first time ever, Atlas Copco will exhibit their new range of vacuum pumps for industrial applications in rough vacuum.

XD550-3600 - A new range of heat-of-compression desiccant dryers
Dryers in this range consume no compressed air thanks to Zero Purge cooling. There are two variants available. One is for a guaranteed dewpoint of –40°C, the other delivers dewpoint supression. The latter has no extra heating on board but minimizes the energy consumption to a few watts for the electronic control board.

Premiere for a newcomer in the heat-of-compression rotary drum dryer range
The main characteristics of the new ND 1000 dryer is a reliable process and a well proven design with lowest total cost of ownership. What’s more, the energy efficiency is outstanding! The ND 1000 delivers 100% flow capacity at the output, resulting in higher energy savings as no compressed air is lost for purging. This makes it unique in the market.

A new generation of filters
The new PD 150 high-efficiency coalescing filters feature an exceptional flow path through the housing and cartridge. This reduces air turbulence and pressure drops and limits operating pressure. The result is substantial energy savings without compromising production reliability and efficiency.

Taking service to the next level
The new Atlas Copco SmartLink connectivity program is an easy to install, user-friendly data monitoring program that is easily tailored to specific needs. It offers businesses a complete insight into their compressed air production. SmartLink helps to predict potential problems (and thus anticipate them). It shows how and where the production can be optimized and energy saved.

SmartLink is an important development that takes maintenance and service to yet another level. Making smart use of connectivity, data monitoring, and mining and business intelligence, SmartLink helps customers to get a better overview of their maintenance needs. They can thus maximize their production uptime and, wherever possible, reduce their operating costs by minimizing energy consumption.



Atlas Copco is an industrial group with world-leading positions in compressors, expanders and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. With innovative products and services, Atlas Copco delivers solutions for sustainable productivity. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 170 countries. In 2011, Atlas Copco had 37 500 employees and revenues of BSEK 81 (BEUR 9). Learn more at www.atlascopco.com.

Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique business area provides industrial compressors, gas and process compressors and expanders, air and gas treatment equipment and air management systems. It has a global service network and offers specialty rental services. Compressor Technique innovates for sustainable productivity in the manufacturing, oil and gas, and process industries. Principal product development and manufacturing units are located in Belgium, Germany, the United States, China and India.

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