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Atlas Copco’s nitrogen solutions fire up BMI’s production


The story of BMI takes you to Lyon in France, an upbeat city that is renowned for its gastronomy, weaving of silk and its “Festival of Lights”. BMI Fours Industrial is a manufacturer of industrial ovens and furnaces.

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Although BMI is situated in the throbbing heart of culinary France, their products aren’t the traditional wood-fired oven the French “boulangeries” bake their famous croissants in. BMI’s high-tech furnaces are ordered by industrial customers in gas and oil, aeronautics and even the medical industry. Ghislain Perez, Managing Director at BMI explains: “BMI designs and manufactures industrial furnaces for heat treatment. They are used for a variety of processes, gas and oil quenching , sintering and brazing”.

Solution on a silver platter

Atlas Copco is BMI’s trusted partner for compressors and nitrogen, which come in complete packages or “skids”. Atlas Copco makes these skids tailored to the requirements of BMI. BMI in its turn delivers custom-made furnaces to its customers worldwide. Typically, these skids contain one or more compressors, complete with air treatment and an NGP nitrogen generator.

All the know-how under one roof

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Nitrogen provides an inert atmosphere in BMI’s ovens, which is vital to ensure proper and safe firing of metal parts. An on-site nitrogen generator offers various advantages over nitrogen in bottles. And with a complete skid of Atlas Copco, BMI and its customers get a package where compressors and nitrogen generators are perfectly tuned to each other. Smooth and global service is another advantage, or as Ghislain Perez explains: “Since Atlas Copco is a global player, we can rest assured we can count on worldwide service… and so can our customers.”

Just like those renowned French chefs, Atlas Copco combines the best ingredients with years of know-how to deliver nitrogen solutions.

Read more about on-site nitrogen on our Industrial Gases microsite

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Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions. The Group serves customers with innovative compressors, vacuum solutions and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. Atlas Copco develops products and service focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 180 countries. In 2013, Atlas Copco had revenues of BSEK 84 (BEUR 9.7) and more than 40 000 employees.

Industrial Air is a division within Atlas Copco's Compressor Technique business area. It develops, manufactures and markets oil-injected and oil-free air compressors, gas generators, air treatment solutions and compressor controls and monitoring under several brands.  In addition to serving a wide variety of industries, dedicated solutions are also available for marine, railway and oil and gas customers.  The division's focus and main drive is to further improve its customers' productivity. The divisional headquarters and main production center are located in Antwerp, Belgium.

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