Atlas Copco Celebrates 5 Years of Pioneering Energy Efficient Blower Technology

May 12, 2014

ANTWERP, Belgium, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

The energy efficient ZS screw blower, which is used in many air blowing applications,
is celebrating its 5th year of production. With the ZS screw blower, Atlas Copco has a
comprehensive offering for pressures between 300mbar up to 1200mbar and for flows from
100m3/hr to 9100 m3/hr. Over the last five years, many customers across different
applications have benefitted from this energy efficient technology.

Atlas Copco was so convinced on the performance of the ZS screw blower that shortly
after launching it in 2009, they independently tested it against a tri-lobe blower by the
Technische UEberwachungs-Verein (German Technical Monitoring Association, or TUEV),
according to the international standard ISO 1217, edition 4. It was proven that the ZS is
23,8 % more energy-efficient than a tri-lobe blower at 0,5 bar(e)/7 psig, and 39,7 percent
at 0,9 bar(e)/13 psig. The efficiency of the ZS is mainly attributed to the superior screw
technology. Other features that secure increased efficiency and reliability are the
integrated gearbox, the oil system and the innovative package design that integrates all
individual components into a plug-and-run solution.

Industries and applications such as wastewater treatment, pneumatic conveying, power
generation, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, pulp & paper, textiles, cement,
and general manufacturing have already benefited from energy savings by replacing the
conventional lobe with the screw technology.

A huge potential for energy savings

In a typical biological wastewater treatment plant, the aeration blower system
accounts for up to 70 % of the energy usage. Today the majority of these plants use less
efficient lobe technology. By reducing the energy usage of their aeration blower system,
these plants will decrease their energy costs while operating in a more environmentally
friendly manner.

Atlas Copco continuously innovates to ensure sustainable productivity for its
customers because they understand their growing needs and changing trends. Also by
investing into Houston Service Industries with their range of energy efficient high speed
turbo blowers in 2012, Atlas Copco is focused to continuously find solutions for reducing
the energy costs for its global customers with low pressure applications.

Since the launch of the first ZS blower, Atlas Copco has continued to invest in the
technology and now carries the largest range in the market with flows from 100m3/hr to
9100m3/hr and has a large installed base globally supported by its aftermarket team.

Energy-efficient and reliable technology

Conrad Latham, Vice President, Marketing of Atlas Copco’s Oil-free Air Division adds:
“At Atlas Copco, we strive to develop products and services with a total life-cycle cost
in mind. Seen over the entire life cycle of a product, the energy consumption makes the
most significant impact. Therefore, we are focused on reducing the energy consumption of
all our products and increasing profitability of our customers. The ZS screw blower is a
perfect example of how we are able to use more than 140 years of product and application
knowledge to develop a truly pioneering blower technology.”

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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 services 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. Learn more at http://www.atlascopco.com.

Oil-free Air is a division within Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique business area. It
develops, manufactures, and markets worldwide oil-free and oil-injected air and gas
compressors combined with air and gas treatment systems. The division focuses on
sustainable solutions for all kind of industries where the gas quality is critical to the
production processes. The divisional headquarters is located in Shanghai, China, and the
production centers are in Antwerp, Belgium; Wuxi, China; Pune, India and Sao Paulo,

SOURCE Atlas Copco

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