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Vacuum pumps offer 50% energy saving

Vacuum pumps offer 50% energy saving

Atlas Copco has introduced a new range of highly efficient vacuum pumps for the UK manufacturing industry. The new GHS 350-900 VSD+ range promises customer benefits including average energy savings of 50% compared with conventional oil-sealed and dry vane vacuum pumps, as well as best in class noise levels and oil retention.

Dirk Ville, general manager of Atlas Copco Compressors UK says: "With clear synergies between compressed air and vacuum, which represent the 'Yin' and 'Yang' of air movement, Atlas Copco has been able to use its advanced compressor technology experience to design the GHS VSD+, leading to a breakthrough in energy efficiency, capable of dramatically reducing UK manufacturers' lifecycle costs. Approximately three-quarters of companies who use rough vacuum require oil-injected pumps, which are traditionally fixed-speed, so the potential for energy savings across UK industry is massive."

The GHS 350-900 VSD+ range, generating nominal displacement of up to 900m3/h, incorporates state-of-the-art VSD technology that enables users to precisely adapt their vacuum generation requirements to match the demands of their process. Coupled with an innovative motor design and inlet control valve, the new range sets new standards for energy efficiency in rough vacuum pumps, leading to a dramatic reduction in total cost of ownership. Other compelling benefits depend on the application, including increased production for food packaging lines.

As a result, UK manufacturers can now achieve significantly better performance against benchmarked oil-sealed and dry vane vacuum pumps, which are predominantly fixed speed machines that react to variations in demand by switching on and off. Comparatively, the GHS VSD+ vacuum pump only delivers energy and performance when and where it is needed. If demand drops to half it only delivers half, and the power consumed is halved. This is one of the main reasons why the GHS VSD+ is capable of providing energy savings of 50% on average.

The GHS VSD+ range is designed to aid efficient production in a wide range of manufacturing industries, such as food and meat processing, bottling, canning, plastics, packaging, printing, paper, electronics, woodworking, house vacuum and central systems. Typical applications include lifting and handling, forming and shaping, vacuum packing, preservation, freeze drying, pick and place and pneumatic conveying. When benchmarked against oil-sealed and dry vane vacuum pumps currently available on the market, Atlas Copco says the GHS VSD+ pump offers a 50% reduction in noise levels, down to a whispering level of 51 dB(A), meaning it can be placed on the factory floor without disturbing operators.

From a design viewpoint, the new range is based on Atlas Copco's proven compressors, and provides a fully wired, complete system in a single housing, with all access points for service on the same side. Due to its plug-and-play design the GHS VSD+ Series is easy and fast to install, which saves time and space. The footprint is said to be one of the smallest on the market, being no larger than a standard pallet.

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