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Atlas Copco expands its GA VSD+ technology range


GA 7-75 VSD+ compressors offer on average 50% energy savings and a smaller footprint
May 9, 2016 – Antwerp, Belgium – One of Atlas Copco’s most popular compressor ranges just got even better. Starting mid-2016, even more of the company’s GA oil-injected rotary screw compressors will be available with the ground-breaking and energy-saving variable speed drive plus (VSD+) technology.

In 2013, Atlas Copco introduced the next generation of its revolutionary variable speed drive technology – VSD+. It allows energy savings of, on average, 50% compared to conventional compression and gives GA compressors a much smaller footprint.
Atlas Copco has been phasing in this new technology. Until now, only GA 7-37 compressors came with VSD+. But that will change soon. Starting in mid-June, all pack and full feature versions of the GA 37, GA 45, GA 55 and GA 75 kW compressors will also be available worldwide with VSD+ technology.
For Atlas Copco customers, this means they can get a proven, high-quality product that delivers significant energy savings and efficiency,” said Bert Derom, Vice President of Marketing of the Atlas Copco Industrial Air Division.
The GA range is one of our most beloved and trusted products,” said Derom. “For us, this also symbolizes a way to reward customer loyalty by improving a product that they had already been very satisfied with.
A VSD compressor automatically adjusts its motor and element speed to the air demand. A traditional fixed speed compressor is either on or off. A VSD only runs at the required speed, considerably cutting energy use and costs.
An Atlas Copco GA VSD+ compressor features an iPM (Permanent Magnet) motor, a new compression element and a sentinel valve. These new technologies allow it to deliver even more energy savings than the first generation of VSD compressors. Free Air Delivery (FAD) and Specific Energy Requirement (SER) both improved by up to 9%. This means customers get up to 9% more air while using up to 9% less energy with the GA VSD+ compared to the GA VSD.
What is more, the GA VSD+ fits better in confined spaces. The GA 7-75 VSD+ models are smaller and taller than the traditional GA (VSD) range, offering a smaller footprint.
The GA VSD+ compressors produce only 67dB, one of the lowest noise levels in the industry. This means they can be installed on the work floor instead of in a separate space.
Customers interested in finding out more about the new GA VSD+ range can calculate their energy savings here:

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Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions. The Group serves customers with innovative compressors, vacuum solutions and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. Atlas Copco develops products and services focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics.  The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 180 countries. In 2015, Atlas Copco had revenues of BSEK 102 (BEUR 11) and more than 43 000 employees.

Industrial Air is a division within Atlas Copco's Compressor Technique business area. It develops, manufactures and markets oil-injected and oil-free air compressors, on-site nitrogen and oxygen generators, air treatment solutions and compressor controls and monitoring under several brands.  In addition to serving a wide variety of industries, dedicated solutions are also available for marine, railway and oil and gas customers.  The division's focus and main drive is to further improve its customers' productivity. The divisional headquarters and main production center are located in Antwerp, Belgium.