Water-Injected VSD Compressors Offer Potential Energy Savings
Atlas Copco Compressors has added a water-injected AQ 15-30 variable speed drive (VSD) air compressor to its oil-free line. The compressor is suitable for applications in sensitive environments.
The AQ 15-30 VSD product range delivers ISO 8573-1 Class 0 certified oil-free air for industries that require sensitive applications specific to medical equipment, pharmaceuticals and electronics manufacturing.
The introduction of Atlas Copco’s VSD technology provides potential energy savings of about 35 percent by automatically adjusting compressor output to meet air demands and optimize system output. The AQ 15-30 (20, 25, 30 & 40 HP) range features four models, including both air-cooled and water-cooled versions.
The AQ’s cooling capability removes heat from the source, reducing the compressor components’ stress levels while helping to extend machine life. The screw compression process is amplified due to high-quality polymer ceramic rotors and element bearings that actually slide on water, facilitating smoother rotation that helps extend compressor life.
The inclusion of the full-feature refrigerated dryer concept also eliminates pressure drops and the need for an external dryer. It also helps avoid air leaks that can be caused by multiple connections. Users can monitor the compressor’s performance anywhere and at any time with the Elektonikon controller and advanced connectivity available through AirConnect.