Throughout 2019, Atlas Copco will introduce several mobile electric Variable Speed Drive (VSD) air compressors to its E-Air range: from 250 up to 1100 cfm.
These plug-and-play, electric-powered compressors are the ideal solution when working in a low emission zone.
The absence of diesel emissions, combined with the low noise levels (as low as 61 dB(A)), make the E-Air range the perfect match for underground applications like mining or tunnelling, as air ventilation is a part of their running costs. While the fixed-speed electric compressor needs a start-up current peak, the VSD electric range offers best-in-class versatility.
Efficiency is further aided by the optimal combination of the Variable Speed Drive and permanent magnet motor. Finally, it offers many features that are required in tough environments. A full range of VSD electric compressors will be launched at Bauma 2019.
From enhanced efficiency to improved noise levels and no diesel engine emissions, the benefits of going electric within specific applications cannot be overstated. The new Variable Speed Drive electric compressor range is a game changer when it comes to clean drive technology for rough and dusty environments like underground tunnelling and mining. We have the experience to protect your investment in these circumstances.
Versatile electric Variable Speed Drive technology
The compressor’s integrated VSD-driven permanent magnet electric motor requires only low power for start-up, so there is no need to oversize the power supply. The Variable Speed Drive and permanent magnet motor also make an important contribution to efficiency. Combined, they offer best-in-class efficiency at partial load. Furthermore, the smart socket system on the E-Air H 250 VSD model provides end-users with the flexibility to use the same machine with multiple outlet sockets (63, 32 and 16 Amp).
Increased power, without the diesel
The absence of diesel emissions is not only relevant with regard to the new Stage V diesel emission regulations. When working in a residential area or enclosed space such as a subway, tunnel or mine, the E-Air range provides a reliable flow of compressed air without any diesel emissions. This significantly affects the need for air ventilation in an underground application, which comprises a significant part of the running costs when using diesel air compressors. An additional benefit in these environments is the low noise level. The new VSD E-Air H 250 can operate as quietly as 61 dB(A); a lower level than a conversation.
VSD E-Air compressors are smaller and lighter than equivalent diesel air compressors. For instance, the E-Air H 250 weighs less than 750 kg, which means it requires no special driving licence to tow it in Europe. The advantages of using an electric-powered mobile air compressor are clear: there is no need for refuelling, while users benefit from increased autonomy and plug-and-play capabilities. While the electric motors require no servicing, service intervals for the compressor are at a very low level: only once every two years or 2000 hours.
The new VSD E-Air range features Atlas Copco’s PACE system (Pressure Adjusted through Cognitive Electronics). This enables users to control the pressure between 5 and 12 bar, in precise 0.1 bar increments, and thus adjust the flow to the optimal level required for their application. Therefore, one compressor can handle various jobs that previously would have required multiple compressors.
Reliable in the toughest working environments
Compared to conventional industrial compressors, Atlas Copco has designed the VSD E-Air range for tough working environments. The compressors come equipped with potted motor windings to prevent dust and water ingression, the proven HardHat canopy (for the VSD E-Air H 250 and 450), an IP65-rated controller, a water-cooled drive (IP67-rated), single-sheet steel, non-welded undercarriage and three-layer anti-corrosion paint system.
In addition, the standard spillage-free frame offers 110% fluid containment, increasing peace of mind when it comes to possible spillages on site. The VSD E-Air range is also equipped as standard with an after-cooler, providing high-quality air for applications like sandblasting.
These features not only protect an end user’s investment but also ensure they have a reliable compressed air source for their application. The VSD E-Air range is therefore perfect for back-up applications, temporary extensions of compressed air systems, or to provide reliable compressed airflow when a stationary compressor installation is undergoing maintenance.
Compliant with any diesel emission regulation
For 146 years, Atlas Copco has been innovating with its customers in mind, while focusing on sustainable solutions. By launching a full range of VSD electric mobile compressors, it goes beyond updating the existing diesel air compressor portfolio to comply with the new Stage V diesel emission regulations. Atlas Copco introduced the first mobile electric air compressor in 2016: the fixed-speed E-Air T900. In 2019, Atlas Copco will launch not only two additional fixed-speed electric compressors (the E-Air T400 and the E-Air T500) but also three new VSD electric compressors: the VSD E-Air H 250, the VSD E-Air H 450 and the VSD E-Air V 1100. The full range will cover all air demands from 250 to 1100 cfm.
Atlas Copco is set to launch the new Smart Air Xc4004 controller on all its large and specialty air compressors with flows from 20 to 128 m3/min (700 to 4500 cfm) and pressures up to 345 bar (5000 psi).
The innovative and powerful controller increases the efficiency of operations by providing powerful insights and features an easy-to-use interface that puts users in full control. A secondary point-of-use controller unit is also available and provides users with the option to remotely operate their portable compressors, for instance in drilling applications.
The Smart Air Xc4004 controller features our latest innovations. We believe a controller should put you in complete control, while being intuitive, and most importantly easy to use and navigate. Smart controls also protect your investment and improve your efficiency, while drastically decreasing the operating costs of equipment through advanced insights.
Easy to use interface
The 7-inch controller display allows a simultaneous view of several parameters, including pressure and flow. Consequently, there is no need to toggle around to check the flow at a certain pressure. Additionally, top structured alarm settings allow for operation monitoring. Finally, the navigation is available in 30 languages, covering Atlas Copco’s global presence.
Powerful insights increase efficiency and uptime
By supporting all Atlas Copco regulating systems like the new AirXpert 2.0 and the pneumatic regulation system; the Xc4004 smart air controller increases efficiency significantly. The Xc4004 controller boosts fuel efficiency further by the auto load / unload and start/stop functionality.
By checking the engine condition, the auto diagnostic function in the Xc4004 controller actively increases uptime. In addition, users can monitor no less than 15 key parameters. Quick access to historical trends helps users to perform operational analysis and assists with scheduling preventive maintenance, resulting in improved uptime and efficiency.
Save time through remote controlling
Users can access several parameters through a second control unit that could, for example, be mounted at a drill rig. Through this second point-of-use controller, operators can manage the eco-mode, dynamic flow boost, multi-pressure/flow settings and emergency stop. This remote monitoring can be hard-wired or through RRC radio connection.
More robust and tough controller
The Xc4004 smart air controller display is anti-glare, freeze-free and IP67 rated, providing the necessary protection from water, dust and dirt contamination. To further increase reliability, Atlas Copco designed the controller to be compact and contain limited connectors. No matter where the compressor is required to operate, the controller will rise to the challenge. The smart Xc4004 controller offers a solution for every emission regulation. Lastly, one Xc4004 controller replaces seven different controller models from the past. This will also improve efficiency and ease of use when owning and operating several Atlas Copco compressors.
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.