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Atlas Copco oil-free equipment and quality service support growing graphic arts company


Wilrijk, Belgium, December 2013. Lidergraf, a successful Portuguese graphic arts company, uses Atlas Copco compressed air, blower and vacuum solutions to meet its demand for 100 percent oil-free, high-quality air to ensure the quality of its products. 

Increased capacity, increased demands

Since its inception in 1994, Lidergraf, headquartered in Vila do Conde, Portugal, has successfully and steadily grown to be one of the largest graphic arts companies in the country with 145 employees and annual revenue around €20 million.

Today, with the construction of a new building and the acquisition of a second rotary machine, Lidergraf is able to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, the company also has had to increase the compressed air, vacuum and blower capacity to meet production demands.

Lidergraf chose Atlas Copco to provide 100 percent oil-free compressed air and blowers to ensure the high quality of their printed products.

Main target achieved: zero risks

António Crespo,responsible for maintenance at Lidergraf

The company installed two ZT 132 VSD FF and ZT 110 FF oil-free compressors with integrated adsorption dryers, a ZS 55+ VSD oil-free screw blower, and a ZE  oil-free screw vacuum pump. Featuring energy-efficient integrated dryers, both compressors provide 100 percent pure, clean oil-free air that complies with ISO 8573-1 Class 0 (2010) certification. This means zero risk of contamination; zero risk of damaged products; and zero risk of losses from operational downtime.
The ZT 132 VSD FF compressor and the ZS 55+ VSD oil-free screw blower both feature variable speed drive (VSD) technology. VSD technology adjusts the motor speed to the air demand automatically, achieving substantial energy savings of 35 % on average. In addition, VSD dramatically reduces the energy requirements in the overall production process.

An excellent partnership

For Antonio Crespo, company maintenance manager, Atlas Copco offers “reliable, high-quality and energy-efficient equipment, especially in the speed variation compressor with integrated dryers.”
Lidergraf also has a full liability maintenance contract for the ZT 132 VSD FF and calls on Atlas Copco’s trained technicians to maintain the other equipment. Crespo indicates he would recommend Atlas Copco products and services without hesitation. “As the constant production of high-quality compressed air is very important for our production, the partnership with Atlas Copo proves to be excellent.”

For further information please contact: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).
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.