Energy saving vacuum pump for MAP

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Energy saving vacuum pump for MAP

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Manufacturers of food in modified atmosphere packs (MAP) are one of the key targets for a new range of highly efficient vacuum pumps just launched by Atlas Copco.

The GHS 350-900 VSD+ range is said to represent a big step forward in rough vacuum, offering users average energy savings of 50% compared with conventional oil-sealed and dry vane vacuum pumps.

“Atlas Copco has been able to use its advanced compressor technology experience to design the GHS VSD+, leading to a breakthrough in energy efficiency, capable of dramatically reducing UK manufacturers’ lifecycle costs,”​ says Dirk Ville, general manager of Atlas Copco Compressors UK.

“Approximately three-quarters of companies that use rough vacuum require oil-injected pumps, which are traditionally fixed-speed, so the potential for energy savings across UK industry is massive.”

Benefits

The range generates nominal displacement of up to 900m3/h and uses variable speed drive (VSD) technology. This enables users to adapt their vacuum generation requirements to demand.

Another benefit claimed is increased production for food packaging lines. As well as MAP of meat and other food products, the range is being targeted at bottling, canning and freeze-drying operations.

Rather than targeting sales at original equipment manufacturers, “our strategy is to start working with end users”,​ says Mark Taylor, marketing manager for Atlas Copco’s Vacuum Solutions Division. Taylor cited the example of the Valentin Traiteur Group, a French sweet and savoury delicatessen products and dairy products manufacturer, which has purchased seven Turbo versions of the GHS VSD+ for its MAP production. These replaced 16 rotary vane pumps previously used.

Contact: Atlas Copco

Related topics: Processing equipment

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