Atlas Copco claim quantum leap forward with latest vacuum pumps

Written by: Justin Cunningham | Published:

Atlas Copco has introduced a range of highly efficient vacuum pumps, which it said represent a 'quantum leap forward' in rough vacuum, also known as low vacuum type applications.

It's GHS 350-900 VSD+ range promise an average energy saving of 50% compared with conventional oil-sealed and dry-vane vacuum pumps, as well as best in class noise levels. The efficiency credentials of the range are backed up through compliance with ISO 50001 and 14001 standards, while environmental impact is reduced as a result of superior oil retention at all operating pressures – from ultimate pressure to atmospheric pressure.

The range is based on Atlas Copco's proven compressor technology, and provides a fully wired, complete systems in a single housing. Due to its plug-and-play design the GHS VSD+ series is quick to install, and the footprint is one of the smallest on the market, being no larger than a standard pallet.

Dirk Ville, general manager of Atlas Copco Compressors UK, said: "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 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 can generate nominal displacement of up to 900m3/h, but with variable speed control, users can adapt vacuum generation with the demands of their process.

By using an innovative motor design and inlet control valve, the range sets the standard for energy efficiency in rough vacuum pumps, leading to a dramatic reduction in total cost of ownership.

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.

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