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Rand-Air is ‘pumping’ in mining, agriculture and throughout industry!

Business Development Manager Henry Fourie gives the inside track on about the latest ‘flow’ solutions addition to Rand-Air’s market offering:

“Although we have full access to the entire equipment range of our international parent company Atlas Copco, our focus is on serving specific vertical target and also niche market sectors,” Fourie says.

Rand-Air therefore hires to specialist contractors within the oil and gas, mining and manufacturing industries; as well as the food and beverage, and some construction projects.

“We are very excited to announce a new pump range from Atlas Copco Power Technique, which is very well-suited for use in the agricultural sector,” Fourie advises. “There are two types of pumps in the new range: the Weda electrical submersible pump, which features low to medium heads. The other type of pump is the PAS/VAR diesel-driven variety,” he explains.

With excellent solids handling, the pumps can be used in a variety of applications, and across a variety of industries – including surface pumping applications – such as construction and mine site dewatering, floodwater removal, and other infrastructure applications. Easy servicing of wear components also means reduced downtime and improved productivity, without stopping workflow.

Fourie adds that Rand-Air’s customers will most likely require pumps ranging from 20 kW to 75 kW; and that multi-stage pumps can also be provided.

“These diesel-driven pumps are ideal for the agricultural and construction sectors, in areas where power is not available if, for example, there is a requirement to pump water into sludge or storage dams.”

Currently, Rand-Air supplies the pumps to many opencast mines, with several Weda S pumps operating in gold mines for sludge-pumping applications; while demand continues to grow in the coal mining sector for deployment in dewatering pits and for the transfer of water from one dam to another.

“Our new range of pumps is an excellent value-add to the market, and we can supply the equipment on-demand, at any time. Compressors, pumps and generators will always be in demand – and Rand-Air will be there with value-adding and customer-centric solutions aimed at addressing our customer’s application challenges and requirements,” he concludes.

Tumi Theledi: A real Rand-Air ‘bright spark’!

Service Supervisor Tumi Theledi is an inspiration to his Rand-Air colleagues as, through dedication and commitment, study and hard work, he is making impressive progress – at an ‘electrifying’ pace:

Theledi started his career with the company back in 2005, and then left to go lecturing.

In 2007 he returned to Rand-Air to do a two-year in-service apprenticeship. The ‘study bug’ then bit, and Theledi decided to improve his career potential and take whatever courses would support this decision: “As soon as I decided that I wanted to upskill myself and better myself, Rand-Air was behind me. They gave me the time to study, and assisted me financially with tuition fees,” he says. “I believe that you can never know enough and that as a person, you must never stop studying,” he observes.

True to this ethos, he enrolled at Tshwane South College in Pretoria, to study for a Certificate in Electrical Engineering. He completed this with a diploma in 2007, as well as qualifying as a millwright artisan –  a good combination of electrical and mechanical engineering. As a high-precision craftsman, he is now is well-qualified to install, dismantle, maintain, repair, reassemble, and move machinery in factories, power plants, mines and construction sites.

With each machine that is installed, whether it be rental or purchase, a Certificate of Compliance (COC) is required, to verify that the electrical installations comply with the legislated requirements as detailed in the Occupational Health and Safety Act. In 2011, Theledi completed the year required to obtain his COC Certificate of Electrical Compliance.

Since 2016, Theledi has been a Service Supervisor for Rand-Air. He explains that this entails checking equipment availability, and to allocate any repairs or maintenance to the appropriate technician. As well as completing an Atlas Copco leadership certificate at the University of Free State, Theledi is presently in his second, of a three-year, BBA Business Degree, through Mancosa.

“If it wasn’t for the encouragement and support I got from Rand-Air, I would not have had the opportunities that I have had, and I am most appreciative and grateful for their backing. In return, I believe that my enhanced skills set is also of benefit to the company and customer base,” he concludes.

Atlas Copco adds WEDA 04S to its line-up of small rental and construction pumps

The WEDA 04S is the latest addition to the Atlas Copco Portable Energy line-up of small submersible pumps primarily intended for the light construction and general equipment rental industries. The WEDA 04S is a 0.4 kW on-site sludge / trash pump with a maximum flow of 270 lpm and a maximum head of 10.5m. It complements the WEDA line of under 1 kW single-phase drainage, sludge and residual pumps released last year.

The WEDA 04S has a cast iron vortex impeller that is able to pump dirty water and handle solids up to 25mm in size. This makes the pump a practical choice for dewatering sewage in flooded building basements or on construction sites, removing rainwater from sandy or muddy ditches and excavation sites, or getting rid of unwanted water during maintenance of utility manholes.

The pump is robust and easy to maintain thanks to its triple seal system (double mechanical shaft seals constructed from silicon carbide with an additional lip seal). Thermal protection gives the motor additional reliability and run-dry capabilities. And its low weight (10kg) and compact dimensions (372.5mm H x 241mm diameter) ensure the pump is easily portable from one dewatering task to the next.

Our product range already included the WEDA 04, a 0.4 kW drainage pump, but we received requests for a small pump that could also handle solids. Our answer is the WEDA 04S. In the future, we plan to expand our sludge / trash pump range to include larger kW power nodes which will be able to pump higher flows and handle larger sizes of solids. This will be important for applications in mines and municipal sewers.

Abet Cantuba , Product Marketing Manager Pumps for Atlas Copco Portable Energy Division

The Atlas Copco WEDA small range pumps further consists of: the WEDA 04 and WEDA 08 drainage pumps; the WEDA 04B residual pump that draws water down to 1mm; and the sand- and mud-resistant WEDA 08S sludge pump. Atlas Copco also offers a range of kits, hoses and coupling accessories for the WEDA pumps.

The CE-compliant 50Hz variant of the WEDA 04S is available now from the Atlas Copco Portable OEM Solutions factory in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany. The CSA-UL approved 60Hz version will be available in early 2014.

Atlas Copco Expands Portable Energy Portfolio in 2016

Atlas Copco’s Portable Energy division is preparing to launch a new generation of on-site solutions for construction, mining, drilling and quarrying industries worldwide. The new additions to Atlas Copco’s portable portfolio demonstrate a forward-thinking approach to product design, anticipating customers’ need for continuous improvement in speed, reliability and efficiency.

New efficient mobile compressor range

Ready to go mobile compressor

One of the most highly anticipated launches of 2016, the 8 Series compressor range incorporates the latest advances in air element design and delivers improved efficiency. The 8 Series compressors, with an updated HardHat canopy, break new ground in producing air at a rate of up to 5m3 per minute, while remaining compact and lightweight. Every model in the range weighs below 750kg, including a full-size fuel tank, generator and aftercooler, allowing them to be towed behind a normal passenger car without a special driving license. The new range uses 12% less fuel than comparable products and only requires less than an hour’s total service time over two years of operation.

QES Generator Range Extension

Power on the move

Successfully launched in 2015, the QES range will be expanded in May 2016. Initially offering six power nodes, 9 to 40 kVA with Kubota engines, the range will be bolstered with six new models from 60 to 200 kVA featuring John Deere engines. The QES range is the straightforward, rugged and durable solution for general applications across construction environments.

WEDA 50 and 60 Submersible Pumps

More new models to our dewatering pump range

The WEDA range of electrical submersible pumps can manage from 225 to 20,200 litres per minute with a maximum head of 85m. May 2016 will see two new models added to the range. The new 50 and 60 models deliver enhanced performance, thanks to new hydraulic parts, and improved power to weight ratios, thanks largely to a new motor design.

XAT(V)S 186 Compressor

The new XATS 186 towable compressor

The versatile XAT(V)S 186 range is comprised of two models featuring an intuitive PACE system (Pressure Adjusted through Cognitive Electronics), which enables multiple pressure and flow settings to help users match air flow and pressure to their application needs, without needing multiple compressor units. The highly-regarded Atlas Copco air element and John Deere stage IV engine, coupled with the PACE system, ensure higher efficiency, longer service intervals, unmatched reliability, increased lifetime and lower cost of ownership. Operators using multiple machines to cover flow demands up to 11m3/min and pressures from 7 to 14 bar now need only one compressor.

HiLight towers range

Atlas Copco’s extended tower light range

Following the latest addition to Atlas Copco’s complete range of light tower solutions, the V4 and V5+, the entire fleet of light towers has been rebranded as the HiLight range. The range offers the industry’s widest choice for a number of applications, including construction, outdoor events and industrial markets. A single light tower, dependent on the model, can illuminate an area of up to 5,000m2 , have a run time between refuelling of 260 hours and consume less than 0.5 litres of fuel per hour. In the next two months, Atlas Copco will launch two new models: the E3+ and H5+. Both are LED models and will take the complete HiLight range to seven models, four of which are LED.

XATS 900E

The XATS 900E in action

The XATS 900E electric portable compressor combines smart engineering, proven technology and quality components. Suitable for sites with a ready supply of power, the XATS 900E is easy to install as it requires no additional foundations. The corrosion-resistant canopy of the compressor is designed for use in all weather conditions, without the need for additional rooms and enclosures. The XATS 900E delivers compressed air from 7 to 10 bar (100 to 150 psi) with a flow of up to 25 m3/min (900 cfm).

Atlas Copco’s compact iP generators deliver portable power with low fuel consumption

Atlas Copco has launched two new inverter power (iP) generators, which offer contractors a lightweight, efficient and reliable source of portable power. The P 2000i and P 3500i models are the latest additions to Atlas Copco’s complete portfolio of portable generators.

Atlas Copco’s new inverters use advanced electronics and magnets to ensure efficiency. An inverter, in essence, produces first high voltage multi-phase AC power. The AC power is then converted to DC. Finally, the DC power is inverted back to clean AC predictable power at the required voltage and frequency.

Easy to operate

The new fuel efficient generator P3500i

Designed for daily use, or for frequent single jobs, typically involving handheld power tools, the iP portable generators are easy to operate, with a recoil start function that ensures fast activation. Fuel consumption is low, thanks to variable speed control that adapts engine speed to load conditions. Additionally, the generators can be connected and used in parallel to increase the overall power capability without requiring a larger generator.

Compact and silent

Incorporating fuel tanks of four and 11 litres respectively, the P 2000i and P3500i can run for up to six hours before refuelling, which is a valuable asset on busy construction sites.

Despite their large fuel capacity, the generators are compact and sufficiently lightweight, at 21kg and 45kg, to be easily moved around sites.

The generators are also fitted with noise-reducing canopies to keep engine noise levels at a level of around 63dBA, which is comparable with an electric razor.

Thermal protection enables the generators to operate efficiently even in extreme weather conditions, while automatic voltage control (AVR) ensures clean, consistent and reliable power where it is most needed.

The new iP generators are the latest addition to Atlas Copco’s extensive range of portable power solutions and offer considerable value to users. Construction sites are becoming more demanding in terms of power needs. Low noise levels are required on all metropolitan construction to avoid noise pollution. In addition, wider environmental issues, such as reduction of CO2 emissions, are also a big consideration. Therefore easy transportation and reduced fuel consumption are a firm customer requirement.

Sergio Salvador , product marketing manager for small generators at Atlas Copco Portable Energy

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Discover our full range of portable generators

The iP generators, together with the previously launched P generators, provide an easy-to-operate solution for contractors seeking efficiency and reliability at the click of a switch.

These generators sit alongside Atlas Copco’s larger portable generators, including the extensive QEP range, to offer customers a broad choice according to their power needs.

Designed for more intensive use, with higher power levels and extended features, the QEP model is perfect for rental use or larger work sites where the power needs to be shared. The additional safety features found on the QEP R minimise the risk of damage to the generator through misuse, while the model’s on-board differential circuit breaker provides further safety assurance. The final model in the range, the QEP S, which features a noise suppression design, is ideally suited to urban environments where even lower noise levels are required for heavy construction activities.

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