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Atlas Copco’s New ConservAIR® Controller Reduces Energy Costs by 25-40 Percent

2009-07-07

Atlas Copco’s New ConservAIR® Controller ReducesEnergy Costs by25-40 Percent

Atlas Copco USA - Conservair
Atlas Copco Compressors LLC has brought to market a new compressed air system controller called ConservAIR®, which typically reduces energy costs by 25-40 percent by optimizing the balance between air consumption and demand to create a continuous air supply at the lowest acceptable pressure for the application.

The ConservAIR controller achieves perfect balance in a compressed air system by creating a storage supply of compressed air in a receiver tank. ConservAIR monitors the pressure at the reservoir’s outlet and releases stored air as demand increases. This ensures an immediate supply of air is always available to meet production spikes.

“ConservAIR can potentially save manufacturers hundreds of thousands of dollars on their energy bills because it eliminates artificial demand,” said Tim Last, Vice President of Quality Air, Atlas Copco Compressors LLC. “By eliminating this unnecessary air usage, VSD ( Variable Speed Drive) machines will run slower and partially loaded trim compressors will spend more time unloaded or stopped. Facility managers will typically see a return on investment in less than one year.”

A fully efficient compressed air system would provide the perfect amount of air and pressure to satisfy production demand through both demand peaks and valleys. In practice, when demand peaks air is consumed much faster than the air compressors can replace it. This leads to pressure dips in the system, which forces production managers to raise the entire system’s pressure. Feeding artificial demand results in higher energy bills and causes additional air loss through air leaks. This inefficient practice costs manufacturers millions of dollars every year in energy costs.

Atlas Copco is a world leading provider of industrial productivity solutions. The products and services range from compressed air and gas equipment, generators, construction and mining equipment, industrial tools and assembly systems, to related aftermarket and rental. In close cooperation with customers and business partners, and with 136 years of experience, Atlas Copco innovates for superior productivity. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the Group’s global reach spans more than 160 markets. In 2008, Atlas Copco had
34 000 employees and revenues of BSEK 74 (BEUR 7.7). Learn more at www.atlascopco.com.

Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique business area develops, manufactures, markets, and services oil-free and oil-injected stationary air compressors, portable air compressors, gas and process compressors, turbo expanders, electric power generators, air treatment equipment and air management systems. It also offers specialty rental services. It innovates for superior productivity in applications such as manufacturing, construction, and the process industry worldwide. Principal product development and main manufacturing units are in Antwerp, Belgium. More information is available on www.atlascopco.com.