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Atlas Copco to unveil new game-changing generators and light tower concepts at Middle East Electricity 2018

At Middle East Electricity 2018, which takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre on 6-8 March 2018, Atlas Copco is to unveil the latest innovations from its expansive power generation portfolio. This will include a new game-changing Variable Speed Generator (VSG) that offers superior low-load performance, a containerised, fuel-saving TwinPower concept for Modular Power Plant (MPP) applications and energy-efficient electric LED light towers from the HiLight range.

 

The theme of booths S3B19 (inside) and O.A40 (outside) is Powering the Future, where visitors will be able to learn about Atlas Copco’s latest generator products and also participate in some Virtual Reality experiences. Delegates will also have the opportunity to meet experts from Atlas Copco’s newly formed Power and Flow division, who will be on hand to provide guidance on how the products introduced at MEE can help them successfully overcome the challenges facing both the global and regional power generation industry and outdoor lighting sector in the next 24 months.

Middle East Electricity is a fantastic forum to meet with the major players in the region’s power generation industry, and we look forward to sharing our vision with both new and existing customers about how Atlas Copco is ‘Powering the Future’ through innovations such as the new QAS VSG generator, TwinPower concept and its latest evolution in light tower technologies.

Adrian Ridge , President of the Atlas Copco Power and Flow division

Introducing the new variable speed generator QAS VSG

The new QAS 35 VSG

Leading the way on the Atlas Copco booths will be the QAS 35 VSG (Variable Speed Generator), which represents a game changer in terms of operational savings, performance and reliability. The superior low-load performance of the QAS 35 VSG, which features automatic variable speed control from 800 to 2550 rpm and a built-in Power Management System (PMS), enables fuel consumption levels to be reduced by up to 40 per cent against comparable models. At the same time it helps increase reliability in applications with an average load of less than 20 per cent, such as construction projects, outdoor events or telecoms service duties.

Double the flexibility, twice the power

The new Twinpower generator

The QAC 1450 TwinPower™ generator is another new innovation being unveiled by Atlas Copco, which offers double the power and twice the flexibility for MPP applications. The QAC 1450 TwinPower is 20 ft. ISO containerised unit housing two compact 725 kVA generators; powered by V16 Scania engines and double bearing alternators. This configuration, with its fast-paralleling system, allows the two generators to work independently or in parallel with each other.

Visitors to Atlas Copco’s booth will also have the opportunity to see the latest additions to its QIS industrial generator and QES portable generator ranges that includes models from 250 kVA upwards. Also, on display will be the HiLight V3+ and HiLight P2+ electric light towers – energy-efficient plug-and-play LED machines that can be plugged into any power source, including auxiliary power, directly into the grid, or a portable generator such as the iP3500 or the iP2000, which will also be on show.

New QAC 1450 TwinPower™ generator offers double the power and twice the versatility for MPP applications

Atlas Copco has announced a new addition to its QAC range of containerised generators, the QAC 1450 TwinPower™ delivers unrivalled versatility, optimised performance and excellent fuel economy in demanding Modular Power Plant (MPP) applications.

 

The QAC 1450 TwinPower is a 20 ft. ISO containerised unit housing two compact 725 kVA generators; powered by V8 Scania engines with double bearing alternators. This configuration, with its fast-paralleling system, allows the two generators to work independently or in parallel with each other. Furthermore, the system is fully EU compliant.

From full load to low load, our TwinPower concept provides the same output, performance and efficiency as a single generator package, thereby achieving up to 10 per cent in fuel savings. In essence, two generators, which are powered by smaller engines, behave as one large one; while providing far more flexibility and contributing to a lower overall cost of ownership.

Julio Tomé , Product Marketing Manager from the Atlas Copco Power and Flow division

The QAC 1450 is equipped with a centralised control and monitoring system that is both easy-to-use and configure. This is facilitated by two Qc4003 digital controllers that feature intuitive touchscreens, and a choice of island or PMS (Power Management System) modes. For enhanced flexibility, and so it can tackle larger jobs if required, the QAC 1450 can either run as a standalone unit, in parallel with other generators, or in parallel with mains power.

Capable of operating continuously in challenging conditions, including high altitude environments, the containerised TwinPower generator system features an intelligent cooling system that ensures optimised performance at temperature up to 50 °C.

Ease of service was a prime consideration during the design of the TwinPower system, with large access doors and custom service tools helping to maximise uptime. The service requirement is less than two hours of maintenance for every 500 hours of operation. Furthermore, due to the twin power concept, it is possible to still benefit from 50 per cent of the unit’s total capacity during maintenance operations.

Developed with key customers in mind, and manufactured to perform under the most demanding conditions within mining, construction, transport, oil and gas and utilities’ applications, the QAC1450 is designed to meet and exceed international approval specifications, including ISO8528, and is compliant with all current EU safety and environmental regulations.

Atlas Copco’s TwinPower operating principle is based around the concept of two generators, with two independent engines, inside one box. The QAC 1450 is the latest model to be launched and follows on from the successful TwinPower introduction in 2016. More models, with specific applications and customer groups in-mind, will follow throughout 2018.

Atlas Copco Power Technique unveils vision for Powering the Future of global industry

The leadership team of the Atlas Copco Power Technique business area has presented a strategic vision outlining how mega-trends such as digitalisation and the construction of smart cities will be powered by cleaner and more connected energy source technologies.

 

Powering the future

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 allow professionals working across multiple industry sectors, from construction to manufacturing, equipment rental, utilities, oil and gas, demolition and above-ground mining, to make the most of opportunities presented by mega-trends, while overcoming forthcoming legislation such as new emission regulation changes.

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 allow professionals working across multiple industry sectors, from construction to manufacturing, equipment rental, utilities, oil and gas, demolition and above-ground mining, to make the most of opportunities presented by mega-trends, while overcoming forthcoming legislation such as new emission regulation changes.

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.

Andrew Walker , President of the Atlas Copco Power Technique business area

A number of new, and recently introduced, machine, rental and service focused innovations – that are designed to reduce both carbon and noise emissions, and increase energy efficiency – were unveiled at the event in Alexandra Palace, London, including a product display and strategy overview from the newly formed (January 1, 2018) Power and Flow division.

 

Low-load operation problems are a thing of the past

The Power and Flow division revealed how low-load operation problems are now a thing of the past thanks to the introduction of the new QAS 35 VSG Variable Speed Generator, which represents a game changer in terms of operational savings, performance and reliability. The superior low-load performance of the QAS 35 VSG, which features automatic variable speed control from 800 to 2550 rpm and a built-in Power Management System (PMS), enables fuel consumption levels to be reduced by up to 40 per cent against comparable models. At the same time it helps increase reliability in applications with an average load of less than 20 per cent, such as construction projects, outdoor events or telecoms service duties.

 

Unrivalled versatility, optimised performance and excellent fuel economy

Solutions for Modular Power Plant (MPP) applications were presented, including the brand new QAC 1450 TwinPower™ generator that delivers unrivalled versatility, optimised performance and excellent fuel economy. The QAC 1450 TwinPower is a 20 ft. ISO containerised unit housing two compact 725 kVA generators; powered by V16 Scania engines with double bearing alternators. This configuration, with its fast-paralleling system, allows the two generators to work independently or in parallel with each other.

 

The light tower designed for urban areas

With noise pollution in public spaces a growing concern, Atlas Copco outlined how its new ultra-quiet, diesel-driven, LED light tower has been specifically designed for use in urban areas. Delivering industry leading operating noise levels as low as 55 dBA, the renewed version of the HiLight B5+ light tower is ideally suited to provide illumination at events, temporary public lighting or enhanced visibility at construction sites located near residential areas. Optimum lighting performance is provided via the light tower’s LED floodlights, which are capable of covering a 5000 sq. m area at an average luminosity of 20 luxes.

New safety and efficiency enhancements for light towers were also introduced. The HiLight B5+, and future light towers Atlas Copco produces, will be able to be equipped with a new innovation for light towers called the SmartMast™. The proprietary technology features intelligent in-built sensors that detect adverse environmental conditions, such as high winds, and will automatically lower the vertical mast when safety or stability is compromised. It is also programmed to alert end users to potential obstacles and impacts. Furthermore, it provides stability assistance when installing the light tower; by flagging up irregular surfaces and floors to ensure safe siting.

 

The WEDA+ range that recently underwent a top-to-toe design overhaul

Dewatering pump technologies were also exhibited, including both electric submersible pumps and diesel-driven centrifugal machines. From the latter category, Atlas Copco demonstrated a highly-efficient PAS pump. The PAS range was recently expanded to include 18 new models and is suitable for multiple applications, from dewatering on construction and mining sites to solids removal, drainage and even emergency situations involving flooding and shipping. The modular design of the PAS range allows many different configurations and comes in 4”, 6”, 8” and 12” models. All pumps in the diesel dewatering range feature a patented hinged door that provides fast access to the impeller and wear plates. This innovation makes issues previously related to on-site service and unclogging a thing of the past.

Recent additions to the Atlas Copco family of submersible dewatering pumps were also shown. In particular, the company highlighted its WEDA+ range that recently underwent a top-to-toe design overhaul, resulting in several innovative new pumps that offer up to 20 per cent overall reduction in power consumption compared to previous models; combined with greater efficiency, simplified maintenance and increased capacity.

Providing hours, and even days, of unattended dewatering operation, WEDA+ submersible pumps are designed to meet the demanding requirement of raising water from great depths or lowering water tables in challenging environments. Submersible pumps are capable of running for thousands of hours without attendance. As they are sub-surface units they can continue working under ice in freezing conditions; as long as the pump is completely submerged. Where appropriate to the task, electric pumps also offer environmental compatibility. For instance, quiet running is an essential feature of their performance when they are sited in populated areas or employed in night-time operations.

 

The E-air v250 electric compressor

The Portable Air division announced the forthcoming introduction of its revolutionary E-Air 250 plug-and-play portable, electric-powered compressor with Variable Speed (VSD) drive. Focussed on efficiency, the electric technology of the E-Air compressor offers up to 40 per cent greater flow for the same power consumption compared to conventional portable compressors. This is the latest addition to the Atlas Copco E-Air range, but the first to appear under the 8 Series banner.

 

The PACE controller optimizes efficiency and flexibility

The XATS 138 model was also on display. The XATS 138 provides a combination of efficiency and flexibility through its intuitive PACE pressure adjustment system that enables end users to precisely match air flow and pressure to their specific application needs. With the PACE (Pressure Adjusted through Cognitive Electronics) system, operating flow and pressure can be adjusted, in a matter of seconds, by increments of 0.1 bar via an intuitive XC2003 controller. The fully integrated, ergonomically positioned controller facilitates diagnostics, tracks the compressor’s utilisation and indicates planned service interventions.

Other new innovations within compressors to be unveiled encompassed the latest additions to the rugged and lightweight 8-series compressor range. This included the XAS 88G, which 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, is designed to optimise fuel consumption in-line with load demand.

The Atlas Copco Speciality Rental division focusses on delivering packaged-solutions to a cross-section of industries. At the event they showcased the PTS 800 – part of their 100 per cent guaranteed oil-free compressor range – that provides an optimised and reliable source of reliable compressed air for a wide variety of rental applications. The diesel-driven PTS 800 delivers reliable air quality and flows of up to 800 cfm at 10 bar. It includes a fuel-efficient engine that conforms to the latest standards and offers emission levels close to zero. This guarantees optimal efficiency and provides customers with the peace of mind they are fully compliant with the latest regulations.

Connectivity and Service

 

Fleetlink helps you to optimise fleet usage, reduce maintenance costs and ultimately save time and money

In the last few years, manufacturers in the construction, mining and rental segments have experienced growing demand from end users for intelligent digital solutions capable of providing accurate and timely information. Being able to adapt and manage challenges on site is key, no matter how big or small a machine fleet is, and Atlas Copco recognises customers want to be closer to their jobsite, machines and teams. As a result, they have developed two smart connectivity solutions, FleetLink and Power Connect that give customers the information they need, in the palm of their hands, to increase productivity and make it easier to do business.

FleetLink is an intelligent telematics system designed to optimise fleet usage, reduce maintenance costs and ultimately save time and money. It enables customers to remotely manag¬e their machines, whether big or small, anytime and anywhere; with the latest fleet information always at hand. FleetLink offers an effective way for users to remotely communicate with their machines, with state-of-the-art digital monitoring tools, such as geo-fencing, remote function lock out and automatic reporting, keeping them connected to their job-site, equipment and team members 24/7.

Power Connect is an online portal that enables customers to find specific information about Atlas Copco machinery. In February this year, the Power Connect App was introduced to make it even easier to access and share information. By scanning the QR code on an Atlas Copco machine, the app takes prospective buyers and customers directly to the relevant section on the Power Connect portal. While there, visitors can quickly access an array of different information on the piece of equipment they’re interested in, including instruction-focussed videos, interactive manuals, and details about how and where to buy spare parts. Visitors can also share the information they find with colleagues or customers via an easy share button.

A ‘solid gold’ 7-year safety record for Rand-Air and mining customer

Rand-Air’s reputation for customer-centric service and excellent equipment hire solutions has made them the rental leader across a variety of industries. As such, the company is renowned for supplying products and services which meet the most stringent standards required by industry – particularly those of the mining sector – where its equipment forms an integral part of overall mine safety.

Recently, a South African gold mining customer announced a seven-year, unbroken safety record – and Rand-Air’s rental equipment and technical support played a significant part in this accomplishment.

Neil Bezuidenhout, Regional Supervisor for Rand-Air and Team Leader on the gold mine, explains that the mine’s seven-year injury-free record – in an industry fraught with potential danger – is very impressive: “Given the inherently demanding conditions of mining, this safety record is a remarkable achievement!”

While the company’s long-standing relationship with the mine goes back many years, he has been servicing the customer’s requirements since 2014.

“I have been with Rand-Air since 2014, starting as a technician. In terms of this particular customer, we service the section which does conventional mining on this mostly trackless, 24/7 gold mine.”

As this is the largest of several mines owned by the mining company, he explains that the responsibility is immense, and is all centred around safety.

“Safety is the foundation of all we do at Rand-Air and – along with exceeding customer expectations – it is at the very heart of our company ethos and culture. This is because we practise safety in all that we do: in the office, on site at the customer, on the road and at home. It is a way of life,” Bezuidenhout points out.

“We therefore ensure we provide safe, reliable and high-quality machines; as well as an on-site team on standby 24/7 – running two shifts – and available to fix any mechanical problems which may arise, thereby minimising any downtime for the customer.”

Bezuidenhout explains that the mine requests both surface and underground compressors for different applications. He describes how the underground units have been modified to withstand the rigorous below-surface conditions:

“While all the compressors are standard units, the underground compressors are deployed in a tougher environment than those on the surface. We therefore have to protect them and make sure that they are more robustly-shielded from inadvertent damage – as they are a vital part of production and safety. We therefore enhance the compressor’s robustness by adding thicker steel framework; as well as protective side-panelling, which also extends their underground life. Unlike in coal mines, the compressors do not however require fireproofing, as there is no hazard from sparks in a gold mine,” he adds.

Rand-Air’s equipment plays a fundamental role in the safety of the mine: “Mines have return airways that supply and circulate fresh air into the mine, with the used air extracted from the other end of the airway. With above-ground compressors, Rand-Air supplies life-sustaining air to the underground refuge chambers that are the appointed gathering zones for workers in the event of an underground hazard, such as a rock fall or other life-threatening events,” he elaborates.

While the mine currently hires compressors, Bezuidenhout notes that Rand-Air’s recently-launched submersible pumps are also creating interest in the mining sector.

“Our equipment is robust, safe and reliable; and our variety of machines and accessories are used in many mines across the country. Recently, there has been a growing interest in our Weda range of submersible pumps, designed specifically for drainage, sludge and slurry-pumping applications. Because underground water is sediment-rich, this line of pumps is ideal for this application, owing to their excellent solids-handling capabilities,” he points out.

“I am really proud of our loyal and customer-focused technical service team, which has contributed so profoundly to the safety of this mine; and of Rand-Air as a company, which has contributed to the safety and productivity of the mining industry overall, for 47 years.

We will continue doing all we can to make a positive contribution to mine safety for many years to come,” he concludes.

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