Industrial Products and Applicationsyear , issue 2, april-may 2021

Atlas Copco enters vacuum market with its own oil-injected vacuum pump system

Atlas Copco's expertise in compressor technique will now also be applied to vacuum pump technology. Thanks to the synergies between compressed air and vacuum technology, Atlas Copco now designs and manufactures its own vacuum pump systems with the same quality and reliability as those of Atlas Copco's compressors. With the new GV oil-sealed rotary screw vacuum pump, Atlas Copco launches its first pump system for "rough vacuum" between 0.5mbar and 500mbar. At the heart of the new GV is Atlas Copco's in-house designed, reliable screw element. In this operating pressure range, oil-sealed rotary screw technology offers the best performance at the lowest energy cost. Thanks to its modulating valve, fitted at the pump inlet, the capacity can be matched to the actual demand. This concept not only minimizes the system's vacuum level fluctuations, but also operates the pump at the lowest possible energy point. The vacuum pump also has to stop/start less frequently, leading to less wear and maintenance and therefore increased reliability. The GV delivers capacities between 500 and 5000m3/h, making it the ideal machine for many applications. From printing and packaging to plastics, electronics, woodworking, bottling and canning, the GV delivers consistent and efficient vacuum. Thanks to its quiet operation, the GV can be installed close to the point of use. But this technology also allows for remote installation as part of a centralized vacuum system. As a market leader in compressed air technology, Atlas Copco can now outfit complete factories with both compressed air, low pressure air and vacuum. To customers, this means one supplier and one service technician. Koen Lauwers, Vice President Marketing to the Industrial Air Division, notes: "In the months to come, Atlas Copco expects to launch more and new vacuum pump technologies and systems."