Atlas Copco Helps ZF Wind Power Optimize Air Usage and Minimize Energy Consumption

    Atlas Copco Helps ZF Wind Power Optimize Air Usage and Minimize Energy

  PR Newswire

  WILRIJK, Belgium, October 11, 2013

WILRIJK, Belgium, October 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Today, wind power is the world's fastest growing energy source. When ZF Wind
Power in Belgium needed an expansion of the compressed air capacity at its
site in Lommel, Atlas Copco recommended GA 160 VSD FF compressors and an ES
central control system to optimize their compressed air usage. "Working with
companies who understand our business and can support us is of paramount
importance, and Atlas Copco was clearly the best fit," says Rob Loos, Senior
Technician at the Lommel site.

The ZF Group is a leading global automotive supplier for driveline and chassis
technology. With its ZF Wind Power division, focusing on the design,
manufacture and supply of tailor-made gearboxes for wind turbines, the Group
has become a major player in the wind power market. 

Identifying potential energy savings

During the expansion of ZF Wind Power's plant at Lommel, the company contacted
Atlas Copco regarding an increase in compressed air production. Atlas Copco
began by performing an energy audit and an analysis of the site's air
consumption profile to identify and calculate the potential for energy

Compressed air plays an important role at Lommel. One example is an
air-cushioned transport for gearboxes weighing up to 400 tons, which moves
them from the assembly to the testing deprtment. The transport requires about
800 liters of air per second and it was important for the company that the
compressed air installation could deliver sufficient air flow with a high
level of reliability.

Automatic monitoring and control

Atlas Copco GA 160 VSD FF oil-injected rotary screw compressors were selected
since they would help ZF Wind Power save installation, electricity and service
costs. With its integrated Variable Speed Drive, the GA 160 VSD FF keeps
energy consumption to a minimum by monitoring and automatically adjusting the
air supply to the air demand.

The integrated variable speed dryer on the full feature version (FF) of the GA
160 VSD provides a superior dewpoint for dry compressed air, while achieving
energy savings. The compressor's compact, fully integrated concept also
reduces floor space requirements and installation costs.

An Atlas Copco ES central control system provides simultaneous monitoring and
control of all compressors. The ES system defines the optimum sequencing of
the compressors in the room and helps to further reduce the energy

Effective support

Combining a high level of expertise with fast response times, the support
provided by the Atlas Copco service team meets the expectations of the plant
in Lommel.

Rob Loos: "I need to make sure that production runs smoothly. Atlas Copco
provides proper maintenance and rapid intervention if necessary. I know that
every morning when we start up the assembly lines, the GA's will do their job.
Now, we don't have to worry about the compressed air and can focus on other
activities. In short, we are happy to have Atlas Copco as a partner."

Atlas Copco ' s Compressor Technique business area provides industrial
compressors, gas and process compressors and expanders, air and gas treatment
equipment and air management systems. It has a global service network and
offers specialty rental services. Compressor Technique innovates for
sustainable productivity in the manufacturing, oil and gas, and process
industries. Principal product development and manufacturing units are located
in Belgium, Germany, the United States, China and India.

Atlas Copco is an industrial group with world-leading positions in
compressors, expanders and air treatment systems, construction and mining
equipment, power tools and assembly systems. With innovative products and
services, Atlas Copco delivers solutions for sustainable productivity. The
company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global
reach spanning more than 170 countries. In 2012, Atlas Copco had 39 800
employees and revenues of BSEK 90.5 (BEUR 10.5).

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