Atlas Copco Power Technique, the world’s leading on-site air, power and flow solutions provider, launched a series of new products and invite 130 distributors and customers to experience the advanced features of the products.
Under the theme ‘Powering the Future’, Atlas Copco revealed how its latest advances in air, power and flow technologies, such as portable compressed air machinery, electrical generators, dewatering pumps and light towers, have been designed to reduce both carbon and noise emissions, providing end users with more efficient operation and lower cost of ownership. These advances will cover multiple industry sectors, from construction to manufacturing, equipment rental, utilities, oil and gas, demolition and above-ground mining etc.
Our core competency is providing power solutions to thousands of sites all over the world. We are now focused purely on three pillars – air, power and flow, and will continue to accelerate our research and NPD efforts in these areas to pioneer the technology of the future. We are committed to offering our customers and partners premium products that will deliver exceptional value and enhance the productivity of their businesses at the lowest possible total cost of ownership.
Atlas Copco has announced a new addition to its award-winning range of rugged and lightweight 8 Series compressors. The XAS 88G combines a reliable source of compressed air with a 9 kVA built-in generator. The pioneering concept of the latest model, and all machines in the 8-series compressor/generator combination range, are designed to optimise fuel consumption in-line with load demand.
This technology means end users benefit from full-shift fuel economy, even when all sockets and outlets are in operation. There are a number of key applications where the presence of an on-board generator adds real value to our customers by minimising the amount of equipment they need to take to site and ensuring they’re never without power.
Easy start-up, safety and security are defining features of the machines, which are designed for use on construction and work-sites around the world. For instance, the starter motor protection and anti-air lock system features guarantee easy starting. Meanwhile, for added safety, a battery cut off switch is provided with IT relay functionality as standard; meaning there is no need for extra earthing protection.
The XAS 88G is also equipped with an alternator that delivers 100 per cent imbalance in single phase mode, and a rotary screw compressor element that produces 7 bar (100 psi) air at a Free Air Delivery (FAD) rate of 5 m3/min (175 cfm). Furthermore, the machine is driven by an economical, quiet and emission-controlled Kubota engine that produces 33 kW at normal shaft speed. This combination offers end users the capability to power up to three pneumatic tools and two electric tools in semi-simultaneous mode, enabling selection of air supply or power output to match on-site needs.
The XAS 88G portable compressor is available with two generator output options, depending on the operator’s region of the world. It comes in a 230/400 V version with three weather-protected power sockets: 2 x 400V 16A and 1 x 230V 16A, along with a 4P 13A circuit breaker. Alternatively, an 110V version is available with three power sockets as well: 1 x 110V 63A, 1 x 110V 32A and 1 x 110V 16A, along with a 2P 63A circuit breaker.
For on-site mobility and transportation, the small footprint unit features a fail-safe lifting beam tested to take four times the weight of the machine; which at 750 kg is up to 100 kg lighter than comparable units.
In keeping with all other machines in the range, the new XAS 88G is TIN12 certified to protect electrical tools and other devices. What’s more, with a 2000 hour maintenance interval for the generator belt, end users are anticipated to benefit from at least two years of trouble-free operation.
Protection and easy access to all main components is via the rugged HardHat® hinged canopy. Additional protection for the unit and operator investment is assured by the strong spillage-free frame, single sheet steel, non-welded undercarriage construction and three-layer anti-corrosion paint system. The 8 Series range also features a guaranteed service time of less than 60 minutes. Furthermore, service is only needed, on average, once every two years.
In addition to the XAS 88G, there are two other machines in the 8 Series compressor/generator combination range: the XAS 48G that produces an FAD of 2.5m3/min (90 cfm), and the XAS 68G that delivers 3.5m3/min (125 cfm) FAD. Both of these models operate in simultaneous compressor plus generator mode, which means they’re able to perform at optimum capacity, at the same time, for both air and power.
Atlas Copco has expanded its range of air compressors for utility trucks with the launch of three models weighing below 500 kg. As a result, operators requiring compressed air at flow rates of up to 2.8 m3/min are able to reduce the overall weight of their vehicles and save space due to the small footprint of the compressors. At the forefront of the new additions to the 8 Series Utility range is the U110 PACE compressor, which features an innovative controller allowing for multiple pressure configurations between 5-10.5 bar.
We launched our 8 Series Utility range last year with the promise of providing customers with lightweight and versatile compressors that could be easily and securely integrated into their utility trucks. We have now taken that commitment one-step further with the introduction of our three latest models. Not only do they weigh below 500 kg, but all compressors in the Utility Air range now offer enhanced industry-leading service intervals.
The utility compressor range family
In addition to introducing three new lightweight compressors, Atlas Copco has enhanced its top of the range U190 PACE model. Thanks to its PACE (Pressure Adjust through Cognitive Electronics) system, operators are able to choose from the widest operating pressure range currently available for a truck-mounted air compressor. With the PACE electronic regulation system, operators use a simple-to-use digital controller to adjust the pressure with pinpoint accuracy depending on their application need. This means that with the U190 PACE compressor any theoretical combinations from 5 up to 10.5 bar is achievable.
The utility compressor was made to be built on to a truck
Several models can also be equipped with 15 kVA non-simultaneous generator to further increase the versatility of just one unit.
Furthermore, for enhanced protection of the tools operators use downstream, all compressors within the 8 Series Utility range can now be equipped with an optional integrated aftercooler and water separator.
All compressors in the 8 Series Utility range feature a robust, corrosion resistant C3 rated canopy. Reliable Kubota Mechanical engines come as standard with 110 per cent fluid containment, starter motor protection and integrated top tanks.
Simplicity of service was key in the development of this range. Each model is designed for one side service, spin on filters for quick maintenance and centralised drains for convenience. In addition, all consumables within the compressor are replaceable in under an hour without the need for special tools.
In the picture, left to right: Massimo Scapolo – GM Varisco’s customer center, Maik Graumuller – owner IPV, Adrian Ridge – President Power and Flow and Wim Moors – vice-president marketing Flow
IPV is based in Dresden in Germany. The company had revenues of approximately MEUR 5 (MSEK 50) in 2017 and around 20 employees.
The main market for IPV is the chemical industry. “The industrial segment is key for us in order to further grow our pumps business,” said Andrew Walker, Business Area President Power Technique. “The acquisition will strengthen our presence in the north west of Europe”.
The purchase price is not material relative to Atlas Copco’s market capitalization and is not disclosed.
The acquired business will become part of Atlas Copco’s Power and Flow division in the Power Technique business area and legally be part of the Atlas Copco German holding company, Atlas Copco Holding GmbH.
Atlas Copco has introduced Stage V compliant diesel engines to its DrillAir range of high-pressure portable compressors. Mainly used for ground engineering, pipeline services, water well and geothermal drilling; the DrillAir range encompasses several large compressor models with operating pressures between 20-35 bar and flows from 20.6-42 m3/min.
Additionally, Atlas Copco has applied the new Xc4004 Smart Air controller to this compressor range. These developments, in combination with the AirXpert 2.0 performance management system, mean that drilling companies can both reduce engine emission levels and improve their operating performance.
Our unique DrillAir product portfolio is greatly appreciated by many drillers, who not only rely on our compressor’s reliability; but have also become accustomed to their outstanding performance and total cost of ownership. The range has now been further enhanced with the addition of Stage V compliant engines, Xc4004 and AirXpert 2.0; enabling operators to finish jobs in record time.
Introducing Stage V compatibility
Following the latest emission regulations, a Stage V compliant Scania engine will now feature at the heart of all new DrillAir compressors. This is with the exception of the Y35 and V39 models that will be Stage V compliant in a later phase. This introduction boosts the efficiency of the DrillAir compressors from 3 to 4.5 per cent.
Beyond Stage V efficiency
In applications where fuel expenses are calculated per meter drilled, it’s key to have the best in class efficient compressor as feed air for any drill rig. Atlas Copco goes beyond introducing Stage V compatible engines. The V21 and H23 DrillAir compressors feature the newest in-house designed Atlas Copco air element, further increasing efficiency levels by another 2 per cent.
In addition, the patented XPR system (Extended Pressure Range) extends the pressure band of the Y35 DrillAir compressor from 15 up to 35 bar. Consequently, the Y35 can be used for a variety of applications; making it the preferred choice for rental companies seeking to increase their return on investment.
Designed for reliability
The IP67 rating of Drillair motors increases the reliability of the improved and patented AirXpert 2.0 performance management system. Less connections and a more robust design protect the system from vibrations and shocks. This performance management system boosts productivity, either by providing additional flow or by stabilising either flow or pressure.
The Xc4004 Smart Air controller’s 7-inch display allows users to monitor both pressure and flow via a single screen, without having to toggle around. Users can also easily access the history of 15 variable parameters, offering full control. Additionally, the OilXpert feature enables users to monitor and adjust oil temperature and extend the lifespan of compressor oil; further improving total cost of ownership.
Made for tough applications
The new IP67 rated Xc4004 compressor controller is a perfect fit for tough drilling applications. Atlas Copco also offers remote controlling via a secondary screen that can be attached to a drill rig. This enables operators to control the compressor’s feed air directly from their point of use.
For added peace of mind, the 3-layer corrosion protected canopy is C3 certified following a 460 hours salt spray test. Finally, the small footprint of DrillAir compressors enables drillers to combine their feed air compressor and drill rig on one truck, making it easy to manoeuvre around rough terrain while minimising transport expenses and time. These features greatly improve the resale value of any DrillAir compressor; further improving the return on investment.