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A MAGAZINE FROM THE ATLAS COPCO GROUP
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
Did you know that even Jimi Hendrix's performance relied on vacuum?
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.
Turning apples into
APPLESAUCE
Compressed air is a prerequisite for most of the products, services and tools we need throughout life. And it all starts with small jars of baby food.
We cannot afford to have downtime. With the provided SMARTLINK connectivity system our air compressors are monitored 24/7 by Atlas Copco’s maintenance experts as well as ourselves. I can now talk to a service guy sitting 100 miles away and ask him to look at the same performance data I see on-site”
Geoff Martin Néstle Gerber Maintenance team
The Gerber Products Company was founded in 1927 as one of the first producers of canned baby food. Since then, it has fed generations of young Americans. The company is nowadays a subsidiary of Nestlé, but Gerber remains a leading baby food brand on the U.S. market. It even has its “own” baby, featured on all product packaging.
Gerber’s production plant in Fremont, Michigan, makes purees of carrots, sweet potatoes, apples and other fruits and vegetables. As the food is served to infants, quality and safety are top priorities. There must not be any risk of the product having incidental contact with oil, which is frequently present in industrial settings, and food producers therefore go for oil-free air compressors. Gerber’s production process already relied on oil-free compressors from Atlas Copco, so when the time came to take energy-performance up a notch, they didn’t have to look far to find what they needed. After consulting their local Atlas Copco expert, their choice fell on a ZR 90-160 VSD+ compressor, complemented by an MD dryer.
“The reason this compressor is so appealing to us is that we need a guaranteed dew point and guaranteed pressure performance,” says Geoff Martin from the Néstle Gerber Maintenance team.

“And we cannot afford to have downtime. With the provided SMARTLINK connectivity system our air compressors are monitored 24/7 by Atlas Copco’s maintenance experts as well as ourselves. I can now talk to a service guy sitting 100 miles away and ask him to look at the same performance data I see on-site,” Geoff continues.
The factory used to have five air compressors serving the entire plant, but by switching to a much more efficient compressor, they were able to trim out three of the older compressors and now only use two machines, the ZR 90 being one of them. Since it’s equipped with the most sophisticated variable speed drive technology, it brings substantial energy savings, which means reduced costs and less environmental impact.
“The energy efficiency gain we see is around 30-40%, as we were able to shut down desiccant dryers and other machines that would be running for hours on end. This machine does everything we ask it to do, and more," Geoff concludes.
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