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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.
Smart team + Smartphone = Smart PRODUCT
What if industrial manufacturers could adjust the speed and energy consumption of their vacuum pumps from remote, depending on their current production flow? Meet two of the innovators behind the DZS VSD+ dry claw vacuum pump that can be controlled by a smartphone app. This market-leading technology brings cost cuttings and environmental benefits, and competitors are scrambling to catch up.
When Alexander Frerichs was studying commercial engineering at The Hague University, he took a part-time job as a postman in his hometown of Zwijndrecht, in the south-west Netherlands. One of the addresses he used to deliver to and pick up from was the Dutch base of Atlas Copco compressors.
“When I was looking for somewhere to do my graduate project, I saw the list of the companies in our town and I remembered Atlas Copco as one of the places on my round. I applied and the rest is history,” he says.
Fast forward ten years and Product Manager Alexander, along with R&D colleague Rachid Carauch, has been a key part of the team responsible for the delivery of Atlas Copco’s DZS VSD+ dry claw vacuum pump, the first on the market to feature an intelligent control system that can be run from a smartphone app. The product was launched in early 2019 and it’s shaken up the market.
A dry claw pump is used in many different industries and applications, but the food industry is prominent as this pump is ideal for pick and place applications, holding packages in place during production and vacuum-packing goods to extend their shelf-life.
“The traditional offer from other suppliers on the market is standard fixed-speed pumps, but our pumps have the app controllability, flexible pumping speed and pressure setpoint control, and that stands out. The flexibility and precise monitoring not only mean excellent process control, but also substantial energy and cost cuts,” says Alexander.
Rachid Carauch, Project Engineer, worked closely together with Alexander on the project, and share his great pride in what they’ve achieved.
“I was very happy to be part of it because it was a great challenge to develop a pump that could be smart controlled,” says Rachid. “I wanted us to be the first ones to get this idea to market. We know that the world is evaluating energy savings, and connectivity such as cloud data and doing everything with your smartphone is becoming very important - it’s the future!”
The traditional offer from other suppliers on the market is standard fixed-speed pumps, but our pumps have the app controllability, flexible pumping speed and pressure setpoint control, and that stands out. The flexibility and precise monitoring not only mean excellent process control, but also substantial energy and cost cuts,”
Alexander Frerichs Product Manager, Dry Pumps
The customer can simply commission the machine and set its three parameters via a Bluetooth connection. The designated VSD+ app allows the user to commission, control and monitor his vacuum pump. The fact that the drive is connected to the pressure sensor allows the pump to temporarily slow down or shut off in periods of lower load from the process, a big change from the on/off binary of traditional vacuum pumps.
DZS VSD+ dry claw vacuum pump
Super power: Its dry and oil-free abilities makes it the perfect choice for sensitive applications where clean environments are needed.
Used at: Many different industries, especially the food industry for pick and place, holding packages in place and vacuum-packing.
Alexander and Rachid worked with a team of engineers, designers and project experts from Atlas Copco units in Belgium, China, Germany, India and France. The atmosphere of respect for one another’s ideas and freedom to innovate meant it was a truly collaborative process.
“We’re not just sitting in marketing shouting to our colleagues in R&D: ‘Build me this!’ It’s a close collaboration and we often challenge each other as to whether the idea is right,” says Alexander. “In Atlas Copco, product development is always based on existing or anticipated customer needs and we visit and discuss with customers to get a thorough understanding of the application and the environment in which the product is used.”
“Marketing often bring home the ideas, but we brainstorm together,” adds Rachid. “We in R&D also make suggestions of what and how to improve. In this case, marketing came with the idea of the product being controlled by a smartphone, and we in R&D felt we could also make the machine run faster and increase its performance. It’s a win-win. It works in both directions.”
Alexander adds, “Here, both sales and engineering understand the customer need, and that’s a big strength. We really strive to be the best, to go beyond the competition. And don’t underestimate the drive for innovation in our production, purchasing, quality and logistics teams. This kind of teamwork is not just about reaching the market standard, but setting it in the first place.”
And the market standard that Atlas Copco has set is truly impressive. The customer can simply commission the machine and set its three parameters via a Bluetooth connection. The designated VSD+ app allows the user to commission, control and monitor his vacuum pump. The fact that the drive is connected to the pressure sensor allows the pump to temporarily slow down or shut off in periods of lower load from the process, a big change from the on/off binary of traditional vacuum pumps.
“A vacuum pump is an installation that’s often overlooked,” says Alexander. “But often smaller pumps are a significant part of the energy bill when you add them all up. That’s a significant driver for this particular product as well as the smart software. If, for example, you can match the pump’s performance to the actual demand and instead of an 11kW fixed speed pump only consume 8kW, you can save 35% on energy. That will have a huge impact on your costs and on your CO2 footprint.”
The customer is the ultimate judge, and so far the reaction has been good. “Our customer base is growing every month,” says Alexander.
“Just think - two years ago this kind of vacuum pumps were running 24 hours non-stop. Now you have the possibility to adapt the speed to your need, and in the future we’ll have even more possibilities using data, controlling via Wi-Fi,” says Rachid.
The surest sign of a winning idea is when it’s picked up elsewhere. Rachid and Alexander’s colleagues have been watching closely.
“Our idea led the way, and the competition have started to develop the same sort of thing. That shows we’re doing a great job and besides - we already have new things cooking in our kitchen.”
Meet our innovators
Rachid Carauch
Project Engineer, Compressor Technique
Describe this product in three words. Progressive, Convenient, Flexible.

Why did you join Atlas Copco? “Atlas Copco’s Antwerp facility is close to my childhood home. Since I was a child I wanted to work here, and I did my internship here when I was a student. It’s a good employer with a lot of possibilities for me to grow. I started as a designer and I’m now a project leader.”
Alexander Frerichs
Product Manager, Dry Pumps
What inspires you to get up in the morning? “I don’t mind getting out of bed at any time of the day to continue driving projects forward that add value to our customer’s process and productivity. The fact that the projects are run with colleagues from all over the world, both digitally and in face-to-face meetings at various product companies and customers sites, gives us that extra flavor thanks to the different backgrounds, experiences, cultures and countries.”
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