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Energy Rebates for Variable Speed Drive Keep Planes in the Sky


As the economy has improved, the demand for manufactured goods has increased. For one Connecticut-based precision manufacturing company, a better economy means more planes in the sky and a higher demand for their products. This contract machining company serves the aerospace industry by producing precision components, such as parts for fuel and environmental control assemblies, to OEM specifications.

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The Need for Variable Speed Drive Technology

Because production runs can vary from 10 pieces to 10,000, the company’s compressed air needs also vary according to the kind of products the company is manufacturing. With variable speed drive (VSD) technology, compressed air output adjusts automatically to match the air demand, and sets itself on standby when demand drops off. For this manufacturing company, VSD technology means no one has to be at the facility to monitor the machines during overnight jobs.

When the company moved from a 15,000 to 40,000 sq.-ft. facility to expand operations, they decided to take a closer look at their compressed air system for energy efficiency upgrades. They selected an Atlas Copco GA 30 VSD FF, a 40 horsepower variable speed drive rotary screw compressor that includes includes a refrigerated air dryer and a compressed air filter integrated into one compact cabinet. Because the compressor is so quiet, the machine was installed directly on the shop floor

Energy Rebate Saves 40 Percent on Capital Investment

The investment in new compressed air technology offered benefits beyond eliminating the need for a separate compressor room. The new compressor requires less maintenance and is much more energy efficient than the older machine, reducing the overall lifecycle cost of the investment. To help with the initial capital cost, an energy efficiency rebate from Connecticut Light and Power saved the company about 40 percent.

Other energy efficiency projects included more efficient lighting, energy recovery (a process that captures the heat byproduct from compressed air and reuses it in other plant applications) and a modular compressed air piping system that can be easily reconfigured as the company’s manufacturing needs change.

With the compressed air system at the ready, this New England-based manufacturing company is confident they can meet the ever-growing needs of their customers in the aerospace industry for years to come.

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Atlas Copco is an industrial group with world-leading positions in compressors, expanders and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. With innovative products and services, Atlas Copco delivers solutions for sustainable productivity. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 170 countries. In 2013, Atlas Copco had more than 40 000 employees and revenues of BSEK 84 (BEUR 9.7).  
Atlas Copco’s Construction Technique business area provides construction and demolition tools, portable compressors, pumps and generators, lighting towers, and compaction and paving equipment. It offers service through a global network. Construction Technique innovates for sustainable productivity in infrastructure, civil works and road construction projects. Principal product development and manufacturing units are located in Belgium, Germany, Sweden, China and Brazil. 

Portable Energy is a division within Atlas Copco’s Construction Technique business area. Itdevelops, manufactures and markets portable compressors, high pressure boosters, generators, light towers and portable dewatering pumps worldwide. Products are offered under several brands to a wide range of industries including construction, mining, oil and gas, and rental. The divisional headquarters and main development center are located in Antwerp, Belgium. Production facilities are located around the world, mainly Belgium, Spain, USA, India, Brazil and China.

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