Atlas Copco VSD compressor realises major energy savings for Yorkshire packaging specialist

Huddersfield-based packaging specialist Crossgrove Associates Ltd., has reduced the annual cost of its compressed air supply from £6,450 to just £770, as a result of installing an energy-efficient GA11VSD+FF variable speed drive compressor from Atlas Copco. Crossgrove Associates provides innovative packaging and design solutions for a diverse range of UK businesses. When Atlas Copco Compressors’ premier distributor Pennine Pneumatic Services (PPS) was called to service the company’s original 37kW screw compressor, which was supplying the 22,000sq ft production plant, it found that the unit capacity was greater than necessary and there was potential for significant cost savings by replacing it with a new energy-efficient Atlas Copco VSD compressor. To demonstrate the potential benefits, PPS carried out a data logging survey and simulation exercise on the compressor installation and offered the company a one-month free trial with the installation of a new GA11VSD+FF variable speed drive compressor. The trial established that with the new Atlas Copco compressor, annual running costs would be just £770, even lower than originally predicted, representing a saving of £5,680. At the same time, PPS put Crossgrove Associates’ Director, Marc Auty, in touch with Kirklees Council which was offering eligible businesses up to £5,000 (up to a maximum of 50%) towards capital purchases that provided energy savings and reduce a company’s environmental impact. The council representative carried out an energy and environmental impact audit at the plant and confirmed that the company would qualify for the grant. Dave Jones, Area Sales Manager at PPS commented: “Because the old compressor was so inefficient in its electricity usage, the new Atlas Copco variable speed drive compressor offered a...
WEG motors drive efficiency in gas compressors for food processing and pharmaceuticals

WEG motors drive efficiency in gas compressors for food processing and pharmaceuticals

Gas compression is commonly used across a range of industries where refrigeration is required, including food processing and pharmaceuticals. In such contexts, this technology can play a key role in enhancing productivity and energy efficiency. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that ensuring the smooth running of gas compressors is top of the agenda for global manufacturers such as Mayekawa. The company turned to WEG technology to equip its latest packaging compressor units with reliable and highly efficient motors. Mayekawa is a leading provider of freezing and compressor technologies with 3,500 employees worldwide. The company offers a comprehensive range of gas compressors to meet the needs of a variety of applications requiring refrigeration. One of Mayekawa’s key goals is to supply its customers with highly efficient and energy-saving solutions for line engineering processes including material acceptance, thawing, heating, cooling, freezing, packaging, boxing, and product storage.   At its Belgian operations, Mayekawa specialises in the production of packaging compressor units for food processing, pharmaceutical and petrochemicals industries. This equipment plays an important role in thermal management processes, which are key to ensuring the quality and safety of products such as freeze-dried medicines or even the flavour, quality and taste of foods. Ensuring reliability and efficiency With compressors playing a major role in vital thermal management processes, efficiency and reliability are top the agenda for Mayekawa. For example, its SCV-Series of standard screw compressors is a thoroughly reliable and easy to maintain oil injected screw compressor package which delivers the highest performance during its lifetime of operation. The use of the SCV-Series in thousands of refrigeration installations worldwide is testimony to...

Atlas Copco Compressors’ Northern Service Branch moves into new purpose-designed building in Uddingston

After an extensive search to find the ideal location, Atlas Copco Compressors’ Northern service branch has moved into new premises in Uddingston. The brand new 425m2 building, which is hosted by South Lanarkshire Council, sits just 12 miles from Atlas Copco’s former Cumbernauld branch and boasts excellent access to major main road networks. The purpose-built facility has been specially designed to suit the exact warehousing, workshop and office requirements of Atlas Copco Compressors, which is one of the leading compressed air equipment manufacturers and compressor maintenance providers in the UK and globally. Atlas Copco employs a total of 24 people in service, planning, sales and administration roles in Scotland, including a team of seven planners based in Uddingston who do the service planning for most of the UK, and eight highly experienced service engineers who ensure maximum running efficiency and minimum downtime at customer sites all across Scotland. Customers include the manufacturing and process industries, as well as the offshore industry, for which Atlas Copco has fourteen specialist offshore trained service engineers based around the UK. Says Dirk Ville, General Manager of Atlas Copco Compressors UK: “Atlas Copco’s Uddingston branch represents an investment into supporting our customers in Scotland and the North East of England with the best people, most efficient processes and state-of-the-art facilities to ensure their production keeps running.” The new workshop facility provides a safe working environment and has all the key components in place to ensure quick turnaround times when performing overhauls of major components, such as oil-free compressor short blocks, industrial air elements and gear box assemblies. The branch also has a purpose built...

Atlas Copco launches new GA 110-160 VSD air compressors for energy savings of up to 35%

Atlas Copco has extended its portfolio of oil-injected rotary screw compressors with the introduction of new GA 110-160 VSD models that enable customers to reach even higher productivity levels and reduce their operating costs. The addition of energy efficient variable speed drive technology to Atlas Copco’s GA 90+-160 range, which has already improved efficiency by up to 5% compared with the previous generation, provides for even larger energy savings of up to 35%, cutting the life cycle cost of a compressor by an average of 22% compared to a fixed speed machine. “In today’s industrial environment, our customers are looking for solutions that improve sustainability, efficiency and productivity, while lowering operational risk. We are therefore very proud to further enhance our oil-injected portfolio with the integration of VSD, which will enable customers to achieve more energy savings and reduce CO2 emissions,” says Mark Ranger, Business Line Manager of Atlas Copco’s Oil-Free Air division in the UK. Thousands of Atlas Copco GA air compressors are currently operating around the globe in applications including power plants, mining, cement, glass and metal industries. The new GA 110-160 VSD compressors are the result of this solid industry knowledge combined with innovative features, such as Atlas Copco’s intelligent Elektronikon® controller and SMARTLINK data monitoring system, that help users to further optimise compressor operation and increase savings. To reduce operating costs, the new compressors also offer longer service intervals and reduced maintenance time. In addition to variable speed drive, the oil-injected rotary screw GA 110-160 VSD compressors come equipped with a variety of additional energy savings features including an IE3 motor, no-loss water separator drain...

Atlas Copco compressors support expanded production at Steelite International

Steelite International, the UK’s largest ceramic tableware producer, has installed two more Atlas Copco compressors at its Stoke-on-Trent site to meet increased demand for production plant air. The company, a world-leading manufacturer of award-winning tabletop products for the international hospitality industry, maintains a policy of continuous investment in technology and innovation. As a result, it needed additional compressed air capacity following the construction of its new Dish Cell building, which has added 22,000sq ft of production space to the site.   A new Atlas Copco system has been installed, comprising two full-feature, rotary screw compressors, a fixed-speed GA 90 FF, plus a GA110 VSD FF. Steelite’s manufacturing project manager, John Lewis, explains: “These two units, together with a receiver and filter, are located in a new dedicated compressor house that is nearing completion. Their principal duty is to drive 12 three-inch and two-inch diaphragm pumps and the pneumatic cylinders for our new production equipment. The fixed speed machine provides the base load while the VSD compressor matches output to variable process air demands and is also available for back up supply if required.” Steelite International strives to achieve and maintain the highest standards in all elements of the ceramic production processes, even at the end of the manufacturing procedure when 98 per cent of all waste material is recycled. The company’s policy of equipment standardisation was a key factor in the new compressors purchase decision. According to Mr. Lewis: “We have been more than satisfied with the performance and reliability of our existing Atlas Copco machines, which are used in similar applications for other production equipment, as well as...
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