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A MAGAZINE OF THE ATLAS COPCO GROUP
At your service
Service Specialist Tomasz Bugaj knows how to keep business and society...
A rental state of mind
Our flexible solutions will get the job done in all conditions.
Chipping in for safety
Find out why this South Korean education center shifted to on-site nitrogen supply.
Clearly superior
Choosing the most efficient vacuum solutions will make all the difference.
Clean water changes lives
Our Water for All initiative supports communities with limited access....
Editorial
A word from President and CEO Mats Rahmström.
Enabling the shift
Industrial assembly solutions are at the heart of the electric car revolution.
"Ergonomics is key"
Ava Mazaheri discusses force exposures and great product design.
Experts in the field
Local dealers and service suppliers ensure that all customers gets on-site support.
Gateway to growth
A visit to China, the world's second-largest economy.
"Joint development is the best way forward"
Atlas Copco is part of an ecosystem set up to push scientific boundaries.
Keeping it dry
A 10-year development process resulted in an innovation that changes everything.
Making a difference
Modern society depends on industrial ideas that take shape with out tools.
Making the connection
Logistics Manager Katey Kim supports the world’s semiconductor manufacturers.
No waste, low emissions
What if industrial machines adapted the energy use to the production need?
Perfect vision
Fully autonomous production is no longer an illusion.
Powered up and ready to work
Going electric is an important step toward a carbon-neutral future.
Purpose-built performer
A purpose-built innovation for the booming liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry.
Recipe for success
Explore some of the key ingredients needed to remain a technology leader.
Setting the tone
Did you know that even Jimi Hendrix's performance relied on vacuum?
Smarter manufacturing
Imagine a smart factory where machines transfer data without delay.
Smart Team + Smartphone = Smart Product
Meet the innovators behind the DZS VSD+ dry claw vacuum pump.
Smart tools for modern life
Industrial tools transform the world.
Star of the screen
Chances are that an iXL900R dry vacuum pump made your screen.
Success is on the cards
A data-driven service solution that gives real-time feedback.
Tapping into the green energy market
Market Manager Rasmus Rubycz is ready to grasp new opportunities.
The power of zero
The Z3+ light tower is a zero-emission, zero-noise innovation.
The start of something big
Our first-ever battery-powered drill stands out.
Tight for takeoff
Assembling airplanes, the smart way
Turning apples into applesauce
Compressed air is needed everywhere, even when making baby food.
When train beats the plane
When rail balances costs, speed and sustainability better the air and sea.
CHIPPING IN
FOR SAFETY
When a South Korean education center for semiconductor production experienced two severe explosions linked to nitrogen, they decided to replace their current machines with on-site nitrogen supply solutions from Atlas Copco.
Semiconductors make up the heart of modern-day electronics, and South Korea is at the heart of this industry. The world-leading semiconductor producers located here are constantly looking for highly skilled employees, and to meet this need, the Korea University of Technology and Education (Korea Tech) has established a top-notch education center in the city of Cheonan.
Each year, roughly 10,000 students pass through this Semiconductor Equipment Technology Education Center, as they are trained in semiconductor and solar cell production. The majority are undergraduate students, but the center also welcomes external trainees, researchers, teachers and people working at semiconductor manufacturing companies. The education center is rated number one in Korea, in terms of know-how and facilities.
As the trainings run all year round, the center must have 24/7 access to compressed air and nitrogen. Nitrogen plays a central role in the manufacturing of semiconductors. It is a very dangerous gas that can lead to asphyxiation. On top of this, it is highly explosive and it must be handled very carefully.
“Many schools and smaller research institutes use liquid nitrogen for cost reasons, but liquefied nitrogen is risky to handle. We prefer to have our own nitrogen generator on-site, and we believe it’s more cost-efficient as well,” says Cheolho Im, Technical Support Team Manager.
“We experienced two severe explosions in our lab. Fortunately, there were no casualties, but significant machine parts had to be replaced. Needless to say, safety and reliability are top priorities to us, so we decided to look for a new provider. While searching I found out that Atlas Copco not only provides air compressors but nitrogen generators as well. As we already had a very positive experience of their air compressors, we felt reliability was guaranteed,” says Cheolho Im.
In December 2019, the center installed an Atlas Copco nitrogen generator and a nitrogen supply compressor. In conjunction with the Atlas Copco oil-free air compressors already in use, the solution now provides nitrogen and compressed air to the ultra-clean semiconductor production rooms.
“With the new machine setup, even small amounts of compressed air show almost perfect purity,” says Chief Researcher Seokil Yoon. “It’s essential that oil and dust are filtered out properly. Any contamination can make the nitrogen generator and the connected pipeline explode. And if the lines leading to the semiconductor production are contaminated, all equipment must be replaced, which is both costly and time-consuming. With our new solution, this is no longer a problem.”
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