Atlas Copco has launched new versions of its XAVS 238 and XATS 288 portable compressors with a 27 per cent smaller footprint.
This unique size for 238-288 cfm single-axis compressors, which are also 20 per cent lighter, offers users ultimate flexibility for both transport and usage on site.
Both feature the latest Atlas Copco screw element, combined with a new engine that contribute to a 10 per cent reduction in energy consumption.
Furthermore, the new models feature the pioneering PACE (Pressure Adjusted through Cognitive Electronics) compressor control system, which extends the operating spectrum for a single compressor from 7 up to 14 bar. This increased versatility boosts the utilisation rate for any rental company.
Whether used in sandblasting or shotcrete applications, the smaller footprint and weight of the XATS 288 and XAVS 238 offers many advantages for our customers. Total cost of ownership is further decreased by a 10 per cent increase in energy efficiency, improved serviceability and introduction of the PACE management system.
The compressor-oil service interval is extended to 1000 hours or every two years. In addition, the simple design of the vessel allows operators to change the oil separator within one hour as all service parts can easily be accessed. Overall, reduced service intervention and longer lifetime of consumables life cuts total cost of operation.
Boost utilisation rate
Atlas Copco extends its PACE (Pressure Adjusted through Cognitive Electronics) compressor control system to the XAT/VS 238-288 compressor range. Through PACE, one single compressor covers flow demands of up to 16.6 m3/min and pressure ranges, from 7 to 14 bar. This has a significant impact on utilisation and fleet investment while the extended flow improves efficiency.
The PACE system resides within Atlas Copco’s Xc2003 controller, which has an intuitive colour LCD screen-based user interface. Operators can easy change the pressure setting with increments of 0.1 bar in just three easy steps. The system keeps track of compressor utilisation, and prompts for planned service interventions. The Xc2003 maintains the compressor’s environmental resilience with its IP65-rated dust and water protection.
Designed to perform in the toughest working conditions
Through extensive laboratory and field-testing; the XAT/VS 238-288 offers best in class performance; even in the toughest working conditions. A three-layer protective coating of all bodywork under corrosive category C3 prevents corrosion and further enhances lifetime and resale value.
Whether it is through compactness, efficiency, versatility, or serviceability, the XAT/VS 238-288 increases the return on investment.
The Atlas Copco E-Air H250 VSD electric mobile compressor
was awarded “Best product” by the Australian Hire and Rental Association in their annual Hire Industry Excellence awards (HRIA Awards). It was Atlas Copco’s dealer, Redstar, who enrolled with Atlas Copco’s newest electric mobile compressor, which features a very energy-efficient permanent magnet motor and ruggedized design. With the award, the world of rental companies embraces an electric mobile compressor as an innovative solution for the industry.
The annual Hire Industry Excellence Awards by the Australian HRIA association pays tribute to companies that display exceptional standards of service and innovation in the hire sector. The winners, in this case, Redstar, an Australian Atlas Copco dealer with a network that stretches the country, receive a trophy and the permission to use the “Best New General Product” logo.
We see fantastic opportunities for this product across a range of applications. These include underground or enclosed spaces where low or no emissions are required, urban job sites where there is sensitivity around noise pollution and emergency backup when your industrial workshop or factory industrial units require service or breakdown.
Redstar won the award with Atlas Copco’s E-Air H250 VSD, an electric-driven, variable speed drive compressor that was built for tough outdoor conditions and delivers flows of up to 7m³/min. Thanks to its ruggedized VSD drive, the compressor operates very efficiently, bringing significant cost savings to the end users when compared to diesel units. Electric-driven compressors also bring the benefits of no exhaust gases and low noise levels, features that are especially advantageous in confined spaces or low emission zones.
What is even more relevant for the rental sector is the E-Air VSD range’s built-in electronics that allows the compressor to work at any pressure between 5 and 14 bar (PACE technology), a feature that makes the machine extremely versatile. As a result, a rental company can maximize the utilization of its compressor.
One of the main benefits of the E-Air VSD to rental customers is definitely the ease and efficiency with which you can set it to work in different applications,” comments Richard Crowe General Manager from Redstar Equipment. “Customers can set the compressor to 7 bar to feed their handheld tools and then electronically switch to 14 bar for shotcreting or cable blowing. All with one compressor
Thanks to PACE technology, any rental company that includes the E-Air in its fleet can count on a fast return on investment.
2000 hour service intervals
An electric compressor is, by design principle, service-friendly: without an engine, the machine requires less maintenance, reducing service costs and increasing up-time. Service intervals stretch to 2000 hours, or every 2 years, another important benefit to rental companies who seek to maximize the utilization rate of their fleet.
Easy to operate, anywhere
Other benefits include low current start-up, which means the power supply doesn’t have to be oversized to start the compressor, low noise levels and excellent performances. The E-Air H250 VSD also comes with a SmartSocket that allows operators to run it on any power supply available on site (16A, 32A or 63A). If an end customer has an electric supply on-site, renting an E-Air compressor can be a very cost-effective solution. In that way, this type of compressor has a lot to offer to both rental companies as to their end-users.
When Easternwell, a well servicing and drilling company in Australia, had to expand their fleet of workover rigs, Atlas Copco’s compact TwinAir compressors and boosters proved to be unique in the market.
Easternwell’s Advantage Light Rig Extra at work servicing an oil well
Broadspectrum subsidiary, Easternwell knows the drill when it comes to well servicing. With a strong track record of developing innovative solutions that increase safety, efficiency and operational sustainability, Easternwell is a trusted partner of Australia’s largest resource companies. The company delivers a full range of well servicing operations and is currently building Australia’s newest well servicing rig – the Advantage Light Rig Extra or ALRx – to further improve the delivery of essential services. Atlas Copco was the partner of choice for their compressed air supply.
High pressure with the smallest footprint
Atlas Copco’s twinair compressor and high pressure booster fit on one trailer, as required by Easternwell
For their well servicing operations, Easternwell needs a lot of compressed air but needs it to be as compact as possible. They ordered 7 Atlas Copco TwinAir compressors and 7 boosters, a total of 870 m³/min of air, at pressures of up to 69 bar. All that potential is packaged as efficiently as possible to reduce the cost of transport.
Easternwell’s Project Manager Gareth Ross said: “The rig has enhanced hands-free operations and a simplified rig up and rig down process making it safer for our rig crews in the field. Atlas Copco’s compressors supported this design as we were able to fit a TwinAir and Booster on one trailer.” Transportation and flexibility matter to Easternwell as rigs and equipment packages need to be easily rigged up and down at each site.
Easternwell’s rig packages are modular and designed to limit manual handling while maintaining productive time
Easternwell’s rig packages are modular and designed to limit manual handling while maintaining productive time.
Atlas Copco has the same philosophy when it comes to its compressed air packages: compact, easy to move and flexible enough to cater for multiple applications. Atlas Copco’s compressors come with an intuitive controller that allows the operator to select a certain pressure or to set the flow with the touch of a button.
The application site
Reliability in the scorching heat
Easternwell delivers high-quality operations and the company seeks to work with suppliers that know uptime is key. Even in the hot and harsh Australian outback where temperatures can exceed 45°C, Easternwell’s equipment needs to keep running reliably. Atlas Copco’s compressors are built and tested to perform in Australia’s unique conditions.
“Atlas Copco’s compressors are especially suited to our operations because of their durability and low noise levels. Many of our rig packages have been upgraded to include Atlas Copco compressors to support serviceability across our rig fleet.” And with a widespread network of service points, Easternwell can always rely on a ready-to-drill compressor, wherever their next project takes them.
Geotechnical drilling requires expertise, precision and the right equipment. Spanish geotechnical drilling expert, Cimentaciones Abando, offers their customers years of field experience and precision work for projects that range from land exploration to foundation drilling. When two competitor units needed replacing, Cimentaciones Abando took a new Atlas Copco DrillAir compressor out for a field test and quickly noticed considerable fuel savings.
Taking the DrillAir for a test ride
Cimentaciones Abando proud itself in fast and reliable service and expects nothing less from its equipment suppliers. When the company’s Fleet Manager, Julen Abando, considered a new set of drilling compressors, he wanted technically advanced machines that could deliver high performance at a low fuel consumption. Atlas Copco’s DrillAir H23 looked like the best solution on paper, but Cimentaciones Abando requested a trial before deciding.
Delivering on promise
“Atlas Copco allowed us to test an H23 during a few weeks before deciding. We monitored performances, fuel consumption and of course, we assessed the ease to operate and service the compressor,” comments Julen Abando, Fleet Manager at Cimentaciones Abando. “The results were very positive: the H23 outperforms comparable compressors when it comes to fuel efficiency. We were surprised to see that fuel savings easily exceeded 20%, over the whole operation cycle and even more at partial load. The new controller was also easy to get to grips with. This technically advanced machine simply delivers on its promise.”
The results were very positive: the H23 outperforms comparable compressors when it comes to fuel efficiency. We were surprised to see that fuel savings easily exceeded 20%, over the whole operation cycle and even more at partial load.
Powerful and fuel-efficient
Cimentaciones Abando went on to order two H23 DrillAir units, which are to replace two machines from another brand. The DrillAir’s excellent performances and low fuel consumption will guarantee a fast return on investment, but these compressors are also easy to operate. Every DrillAir also has a new Xc4004 controller on board. These newest generations of controllers offer a very visual way to monitor the machine’s performance and an intuitive menu set-up.
The local presence of Atlas Copco’s sales and service teams and the possibility to request a test set-up of course also positively influenced Cimentaciones’s decision. Thanks to Atlas Copco’s presence all over the world, Cimentaciones Abando can rest assured of excellent service, wherever their next project takes them.
Atlas Copco has launched a new range of lightweight and versatile air compressors for secure integration into utility trucks and other OEM applications. The space-saving 8 Series Utility range has a footprint that is 10 per cent smaller, on average, than comparable compressors. In addition, all models weigh below 750 kg, including those with the option of a built-in generator.
The term ‘utility’ is defined as the state of being useful, profitable or beneficial. This is summed up perfectly by the compressors in our 8 Series Utility range, which combine all three benefits inside a lightweight and compact package. Due to their small size and light weight, the 8 Series now fits into more vehicle types and can be used in applications including highway works and crash barrier repair.
Efficient and robust air compressors
The space-saving 8 Series Utility range has a footprint that is 10 per cent smaller, on average, than comparable compressors.
All compressors in the 8 Series Utility range feature a robust, corrosion-resistant C3 rated canopy. Reliable, high-performance engines are fitted as standard, which delivers industry-leading fuel efficiency savings of up to 8 per cent against comparable machines. The range consists of four compressors available in flow ranges between 3.7-5.4 m3/min and working pressures between 7-12 bar.
One compressor, multiple applications thanks to innovative PACE controller
The 8 Series Utility range can be fitted with Atlas Copco’s innovative PACE (Pressure Adjustment through Cognitive Electronics) system.
For added versatility, the compressors can be fitted with Atlas Copco’s innovative PACE (Pressure Adjustment through Cognitive Electronics) system. This enables users to precisely adjust the airflow and pressure of the compressor to match their specific application needs. It’s also possible to turn the compressor into a multi-function machine that delivers both air and power by equipping it with an optional generator. Furthermore, an extra fuel tank is available for end-users requiring a two-shift operation without refuelling.
Optimized for serviceability
All 8 Series Utility models weigh below 750 kg, including those with the option of a built-in generator.
The simplicity of service was clearly factored into the design of the range. Each model is easy to access via wide doors and requires an oil service just once every two years. In addition, all consumables within the compressor can be replaced in under an hour. For instance, the use of spin-on filters and separator elements mean that no special tools are needed during maintenance.
Due to their small size and lightweight, the 8 Series now fits into more vehicle types and can be used in applications including highway works and crash barrier repair